ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the clock struck midnight last night on the East Coast, NBA free agency kicked off. For many teams, at least at that initial moment, this means putting in a call to a player’s agent to register some level of interest.
But the Indiana Pacers were apparently not messing around. With their do-everything swingman Lance Stephenson hitting free agency, the Pacers decided to go all out and let him know how important keeping him is to their future plans. So, according to the Indy Star, the Pacers rented out a movie theater. Really.
Sometime shortly after midnight Tuesday, Lance Stephenson will be seated with his family and friends in a movie theater. The lights will go down and the ‘Born Ready’ life story will flash before Stephenson’s eyes on the big screen.
Inside the entertainment complex based in suburban Indianapolis, the Pacers’ commitment begins in earnest where a private party will be held and a love letter set to moving pictures will play with the hopes of keeping Stephenson. The movie will feature moments from when Stephenson arrived in Indiana to the point he is now, a potential Eastern Conference All-Star and a key figure in a core that can compete for a title. After midnight, however, the real picture of Stephenson’s future will take shape.
Will it be enough to keep Born Ready in Indianapolis? That remains to be seen…