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Lance Stephenson hits stride

Updated: May 22, 2013, 12:45 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

At the beginning of the 2010 NBA pre-draft camp, Lance Stephenson, despite rumblings coming from several NBA analysts and experts that his stock was plummeting, was feeling himself.

"I wanna get drafted high, at least in the top 15," he said to me at the time. "I gotta show everybody that I'm ready. That I was born to play this sport."

Two words in that quote stand out. See, the "Born Ready" tag had been placed on him long before this yet the fact he found a way to work those words ...

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