Report: Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson Fought Before Before Game 1

By DJ Byrnes on April 23, 2014 at 10:00a
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The Indiana Pacers are in the process of one of the biggest self-immolations in NBA history.  A popular trope has to been to blame their slide on the trading of Danny Granger and the arrival of Evan Turner, but the Pacers were 7-6 in the 13 games preceding Turner's arrival.

NBA sage Adrian Wojnarowski provided the inside scoop:

INDIANAPOLIS – On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.

Turner hadn't been the first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson these tumultuous several weeks, and Stephenson's relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won't be the last. These scrapes aren't uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.

"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.

Turner and Stephenson have each been moody enigmas in their time. Lance Stephenson would probably be the second-to-last person on the Pacers with which I'd pick a fight, though. (As BuckeyeVsTheWorld noted, David West is the baddest dude on the Pacers.)

Game 3 of the Pacers-Hawks series is tomorrow night. The series is tied at 1-1.

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yrro's picture

They left out the most important part -- who won the fight?

Also, if (AFAIK) Turner managed to never actually get in a fist fight with The Shark, this Stephenson must be a  truly *impressive* level of annoying.

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DWright's picture

"Nobody ever wins a fight."

-Patrick Swayze, Road House

RIP

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I bet the ghost of Jimmy disagrees.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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HighBallAce's picture

Guess you haven't been in many fights.....lol

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Denny's picture

Fighting with teammates? Urbz better not be recruiting him.

Taquitos.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Lance Stephenson would probably be the last person on the Pacers with which I'd pick a fight, though. 

You misspelled David West.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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d5k's picture

David West 1 punch knock-out in the first round in that fight imo.

DJ Byrnes's picture

I did indeed mispeeel David West. Let me abridge this real quick before David West snatches my soul.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

cinserious's picture

I want to see a matchup between David West and Mayor West.

 

Gone ham, be back soon...

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chicagobuckeye's picture

He also misspelled your name. I am surprised you didn't notice he put BuckeyesVsTheWorld instead of BuckeyeVsTheWorld

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm use to it. lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

DJ Byrnes's picture

Hell.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

HighBallAce's picture

Ah he's from Marion! Cut him some slack ;o}~

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Nappy's picture

There's good Lance and bad Lance.  He can be a solid contributor but even at his best he's a loose cannon.  Can't see the Pacers bringing him back next year.  I just hope they can keep Turner.

Fan of bacon since 1981

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skid21's picture

The Villain lives. Rejoice Buckeye Nation.

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MacG91's picture

I remember when Stephenson was being recruited out of high school. He was the 3rd or 4th ranked player in the entire class but not many big schools wanted him because of his attitude problems. He grew up playing street ball in Brooklyn with some rough people. So of course UC signed him because thats where those types of players go. 

Mac..yeah

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cinserious's picture

I was wondering how long it would take for somebody to make a d-bag comment like that.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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OSUBias's picture

That reputation is widespread and fairly well earned. Old article, but it fairly well encapsulates the consensus opinion of UC bball for the majority of the last 25 years.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB114367599328911693

 

Shitter's full

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MacG91's picture

Lol don't be salty because its true.. Im also from Cincy and a UC fan, but I don't deny the obvious with any Cincinnati sports. 

Mac..yeah

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cinserious's picture

Its still an unfair and hostile position to take against the majority of basketball players who go there, keep their noses clean, and earn a degree. Never a peep out of them.

Gone ham, be back soon...

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jamesrbrown322's picture

UC players earn degrees?

Well I guess they do in the post-Huggins era then...

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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chemicalwaste's picture

Even I don't entirely agree with what I wrote. Deleted.

acBuckeye's picture

Somewhere, Mark Titus is smiling.

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BUCKfutter's picture

my thoughts exactly. nobody that's read his book is surprised by this

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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skid21's picture

Evan's response to Titus. I am no fan of Titus. I agree with Evan that Titus is someone who presents himself much differently than he is. He will turn on people if it promotes his self interest. The football team agrees. He is no OSU hero AT ALL.

“I don’t even worry about it. … He made a book based on him being an angel. It’s like, no way. I was just like, this kid is crazy. I text-messaged him and said, ‘All due respect, if you really believe that’s how it happened, you need to mature.’““You accept Mark for Mark,” he said. “I laugh at him, but I’ve got enough stuff to worry about without some guy telling stories to make money. You expect that from Titus, you know? When you accept somebody for who they are, you don’t get mad. He’s one of those guys who likes attention, so he started the blog, (and) he writes a book or whatever to keep the attention on him. You understand that’s what he likes, and that’s what keeps him going. That’s Mark, you know? … I love him for who he is. I don’t get mad at that type of stuff.”

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BUCKfutter's picture

usually the truth is somewhere in the middle. i agree that titus definitely embellished for his book and most likely egged his teammates on more than he lets on.  however, with the amount of talent that was on that NIT team (turner, koufos, two solid NBA talents), there were obviously multiple things going on behind closed doors that kept them from realizing their potential that season. titus is no angel, but there's a reason he picked on ET and didn't pick on other guys - the ability to get a reaction.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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skid21's picture

there's a reason he picked on ET and didn't pick on other guys - the ability to get a reaction.

Get a reaction from whom? The player or the fans/media? Titus has always been an attention whore. His only talent was writing a blog about OSU sports. His talent in writing has obviously been limited to his connection with OSU sports. We saw that he will do whatever it takes to get the attention back on him when our football team was having problems. I don't know whether or not Turner has emotional problems but I will NEVER use Titus as confirmation of anything other than the fact he wants all the attention he can get.

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RedStorm45's picture

Um, he writes on Grantland about ALL of CBB.

I'm pretty sure everyone knew the stories in his book stretched "the truth."  I mean, if you couldn't tell that from his sarcastic style then I would question your reading ability.  It was all in good fun.  He was a walk-on, previously an AAU teammate of Conley, Oden, Josh McDaniels, etc.  Instead of letting his athletic abilities make his name (because at that point, his abilities couldn't do that for him anymore), he chose to go into blogging/writing about his experiences on the team and college basketball at large.  No need to hate on that.  Would you call all the former players-turned-commentators attention whores?  Not a whole lot different.

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skid21's picture

Most definitely a lot different. The other former players had enough talent to get jobs as commentators. See the difference?
 

dan_isaacs's picture

Yeah, I didn't even care if that shit was true, "Don't Put Me In, Coach" was hilarious.  Dude is funny.

Dan Isaacs

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yrro's picture

I didn't think he put in anything in the book that was slamming anybody that badly. You could tell that team had some bad chemistry. Whatever, people are different people, sometimes they aren't great friends.

And I find it *completely* believable both that Turner was easy to annoy, and that Titus did absolutely everything in his power to annoy him. That seems consistent with what you see in public from both of them.

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Buckidelphia's picture

Being an alum & living in Philadelphia you couldn't help but root for Evan Turner. However Turner was always an enigma with the 76ers. He never quite took over the team as a leader, flipped between PG and shooting guard , struggled with shooting consistency & really never developed as a player.

This season was obviously a transitional year for the Sixers however Evan was not included in the plans moving forward with the organization. The maybe a testament to how he acted as a teammate more than anything; young talented player but not included in the future of the team. I hope Evan figures it out and I am not putting the blame on him for this Lance Stephenson fight but clearly the "Kid" hasn't found a fit that makes sense for him or taken a step in the maturity process become a factor as an NBA player.

Bolt's picture

I didn't see this coming at all...

Buckologist's picture

Turner looks terrible in those hideous colors.  That explains everything.

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vitaminB's picture

Heard Reggie Miller on the DP show last week.  He got in a fist fight in practice with almost every player he played with, except Rich Schmidts (sp?).  If you don't have intense, rough practices then you're not getting better.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm pretty sure everyone wants to punch Reggie Miller.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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chemicalwaste's picture

I'm assuming Cheryl beat his ass a few times.

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Osurrt's picture

We may be missing the point....guys in Indiana are angry to be there and need to left off steam through fisticuffs.....WHo could ever forget the ugly brawl against the Pistons and their fans. Call it the cures of Ron Artest....hell he even had to change his name after that.

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wyatt's picture

I also just read the Mark Titus book a few weeks ago. He explained in detail several cases of Evan Turner acting like a total jerk and psycho. Now it all makes sense. http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Put-Me-Coach-Incredible/dp/0307745384

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skid21's picture

And you believe Titus because? Titus is not the funny lovable guy people want to make him out to be. He is a complete jerk who will say anything that brings attention to himself. Ask him about the expensive cars OSU football players are driving. He couldn't get any attention with his athletic skills so he attacks those who could. Sorry you wasted your money on a lame ass book.

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Fort Seneca Steve's picture

I wonder if North West will be able to beat up David West someday in the not-to-distant future.

Before there was Larry Bird, there was "Hondo" John Havilcek! The Pride of Martins Ferry, Ohio!

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buckskin's picture

This stuff happens.  Jordan rode Bill Cartwright so hard that Big Bill pulled him aside and told him if he didn't lay off, he'd find someone to break MJ's legs.  Talk about intensity.