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Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson is being given a rough ride

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Lance Stephenson, the ever popular shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers has been in the news a lot lately given some fairly comical antics with LeBron James.

During game five of the Pacers Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat, Stephenson made the headlines.

The Pacers won yes but social media was Stephenson crazy after he was shown on national TV blowing into the ear of LeBron James.

Following that, Stephenson would also go on to take part in a Miami Heat huddle acting like the most nonchalant person in Indiana at the time.

Twitter did what it does best and became flooded with photo shopped images of Stephenson doing several comical things.

Instead of blowing into James' ear, he was seen blowing out candles on a cake and even more comically blowing into a Nintendo 64 game.

Stephenson's antics continued in Friday night's game six when in the first quarter, he walked up to LeBron and simply patted him on the chin.

The whole series of events has been taken in good spirits amongst fans and with Miami now having won the series, Heat fans were quick to mock Stephenson for the jokes.

Even LeBron, the self proclaimed 'king' took it as a joke when it happened in game five and actually struck first with the whole chin tapping thing in game six.

But as always, there were those who saw the bad side and were outraged by Stephenson's 'deplorable' actions.

Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird was one of those naysayers and after the events of game five, he told Stephenson not to do it again.

Could anyone else in the basketball world really say that they didn't A) enjoy watching it and B) want to see it again?

When it first happened it was funny and it made everyone view the players for what they are, human.

After all they play professional basketball because they love the game and find it fun to play.

So one man decides to have a little fun while playing the sport he loves, is that so wrong?

There always have been and there always will be jokers in sport, thats just what happens.

In the world of soccer, Jimmy Bullard, a former Wigan Athletic and Fulham player was viewed as a 'class clown' figure often doing foolish but funny things on the soccer field.

Piers Morgan, the British talk show host is an active Tweeter on many different topics including sport, and for those who follow him and know the sports he discusses, you'll know how frustratingly funny those tweets can be.

Characters like Stephenson and Bullard are needed in the world of sport to help ease the pressure on players, fans and coaches alike.

Displays like Stephenson's can make you laugh even when your team have lost or make your victory that little bit sweeter.

It is something that should always be around in sport and people should really get off Stephenson's back just cause he was trying to have some fun.

In my opinion, he should keep doing it and perhaps a few more players should find their funny bones.

A few comical moments could have given Milwaukee Bucks fans something to smile about during their humiliating season.

You never know what may come from players just having a lighter mood and team morale so lets hope Stephenson's behaviour does continue and we'll be treated to many more comical moments when he returns to our screens, whoever that may be for.

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Indiana Pacers
LeBron James
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Milwaukee Bucks

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