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Stephenson could be Pacers' answer at point guard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lance Stephenson could be the answer at point guard for the Pacers.

Team president Larry Bird said he was shocked that the former Cincinnati star fell to the 40th pick in the NBA draft last week.

He likely slid because of off-the-court problems and a reputation for being difficult to coach. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being accused of groping a 17-year-old girl in New York City.

Stephenson is aware of his critics, but he's focused on moving forward. He felt that his year at Cincinnati made him a smarter player and better person, and prepared him well for the pro game.

Stephenson will participate in the Orlando summer league next week. He didn't practice Thursday or Friday because of a minor toe injury, but he expects to practice Saturday.