Lance Stephenson can be a force for good – or not. Guess what he was last night.
Two rules in life I never break – never invite crazy to the party and never poke the bear.
The Indiana Pacers violated the second of those rules last night because they violated the first on March 30th.
Pacers president Larry Bird invited crazy to the party when he signed Lance Stephenson to rejoin his old team, and ol’ Lance poked the bear last night when he hit a three-pointer with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter to give the Pacers a 20-point lead.
When crazy is shows up at the party, everyone has the best time of their lives while the good part of the kook entertains. That’s been Lance for the first eight games he was back with the Pacers. He’s been entertaining, unpredictable, emotional, and compelling.
Then bad Lance finally showed himself last night. Continue reading
Chris Ballard seems humble, curious, and eager to establish a culture of accountability with the Colts.
Chris Ballard is going to be successful as the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. Really successful. Championship level successful.
I have no idea what his first draft board looks like or whether he has a secret sauce that allows him to recognize hidden talent others miss. What we are learning about Ballard as he spends more time with the media is that he understands that building culture is the most important point of differentiation separating good and great teams. He is also very humble.
Check and check.
He seems in many ways to be the polar opposite of the man he replaced. Another check.
There are two kinds of managers in business and sports – the person who surrounds him or herself with sycophants, and walks into meetings eager to convince everyone he or she is the smartest person in the room. Then there are those who build a team of smart people who bring challenging ideas into a conference room because they will provide the best results. Continue reading