Newly acquired Los Angles Clippers swingman Lance Stephenson has responded to being traded from the Charlotte Hornets. Boss, Michael Jordan, traded Stephenson one year after acquiring the troubled guard and Stephenson, apparently, was hurt by the move.


Via Bleacher Report

B/R: Does it hurt at all that MJ traded you after only one season?

LS:Yeah, definitely it hurt me. I felt like I could’ve done more for the organization, I felt like we had pieces, and we just couldn’t get over that hump. There were a lot of injuries, a lot of things that just held us back from having a successful season.

Stepheson is right with his analysis on why it didn’t work out in Charlotte. Kemba Walker is a ball dominating guard and Stephenson is at his best when he’s orchestrating the offense and being involved.

Bleacher Report: Why do you think you got traded?

Lance Stephenson:It just didn’t work. I felt like me and Kemba [Walker] do the same type of stuff, and it just didn’t click. Kemba is like a smaller me. He dominates the ball and he’s a playmaker. And then my jump shot wasn’t falling, so it was a tough season. I had toe and groin injuries. I’m telling you, this was worse than my rookie year when I didn’t even play. I was really mentally down. I was trying everything to try to figure out what I can do to help this squad.

The trade could be a blessing for Lance however because it automatically puts him in a better position to win. If he can avoid the glitz of Hollywood and focus on the game he should be fine. Easier said than done.