This is one way Lance Stephenson frustrates his teammates
(Via YES Network)
Lance Stephenson likes to catch the ball and hold it before making a decision, which can be a big problem. Witness this situation, for example. Gary Neal, the Hornets’ best three-point shooter, stands wide open on the left wing with his hands ready to catch the pass. The ball is swung to Stephenson, who naturally should whip it one more pass around the horn to the open shooter clearly ready to take a shot.
Instead, Stephenson turns, looks directly at Neal and chooses to hold the ball instead of making the simple pass. The end result: a wild Stephenson drive and missed runner over two defenders.
Players sometimes miss open shooters, sure. But in this case, Stephenson noticed the open shooter and decided “Nah, we’re better off with me driving into two defenders.”