Pacers' patience in promising guard starting to pay off

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There has always been an air of mystery surrounding third-year Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.

Whether he’s sitting on the bench chatting with teammates, deliberately simulating game situations in pregame warmups or powering the ball strong to the basket in a game, the same question is being asked. Silently by some, audibly by others.

What if?

For most of Stephenson’s 22 years his incredible basketball skills and passion for the game dwarfed his off-court maturity level.

Questionable actions at various stages of his life seemed to etch a small asterisk next to the surname of the Brooklyn, N.Y., native, fair or unfair.

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