Michael Jordan warns Lance Stevenson about shenanigans


jordan-charlotte-hornetsBefore Lance Stephenson signed a three-year, $27.4 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets, owner Michael Jordan told Stephenson that he expects him to “calm down” his on-court antics next season.

The Hornets see Stephenson’s infamous ear-blowing incident with LeBron James as a by-product of his competitive demeanor, but expect him to mature his behavior.

According to Charlotte Observer, Jordan attended the meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that resulted in Stephenson signing a 3-year, $27.4 million contract.

Jordan reportedly spoke very directly with Stephenson before signing off on this contract.

“He told me what he likes about me, he told me what I need to calm down on,” Stephenson told the Observer after the news conference. “He told me how I can contribute to the team. And he told me he believed in my talent. He likes my competitive edge.”

Last season Stephenson averaged 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists and shot 49 percent from the field. The Hornets needed a player of his wide skill set and playoff experience.

What they don’t need is some of the disruptive things that have come with Stephenson’s history. He committed 14 technical fouls last season, fourth-most in the NBA. He had two legal issues in the past, first when he was accused of groping a teenage girl and later an accusation he pushed a girlfriend down a flight of stairs.

Last year, Jordan said the team will switch to purple and teal as its main colors when it changes its name to the Charlotte Hornets next season.

It will also be accented by black, gray and light blue as secondary colors. It is the same color scheme the team used from 1988-2002 before it moved to New Orleans. The NBA returned to Charlotte when the Bobcats became an expansion team in 2004.

“It was important to us to acknowledge the heritage of the Charlotte Hornets when bringing the name back to the market,” Jordan said in a statement at the time, adding that the purple and teal color scheme was instantly recognizable as being associated with the original Hornets.

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