After butting heads throughout the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James gave Lance Stephenson some words of encouragement following the Heat’s Game 7 win over the Pacers Monday night. The same Lance Stephenson that mocked the MVP with the choke sign in last year’s playoffs from the bench.
According to the Indy Star:
“He said I played hard this season and he’s happy with my progress,” Stephenson said. “He said I helped changed the Pacers organization, made us stronger and that he respects my game.”
“It’s basketball, we’re playing hard and we both want to win,” Stephenson said. “At the end of the day, it’s a game. For him to come up and say he respects my game, it made me feel like I’m doing something right.”