The Jay Graves Report

Why boyz around this city, includin’ the Pacers, need to start respectin’ Lance “The Don Dada!”

The dun right here gives the Pacers a heartbeat that the crowd loves. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

On Monday night durin’ the post-game press conference with Nate McMillan after the Pacers beat the brakes off of the Knicks 115-97. I asked ole boy a simple question, “What’s your thoughts on Lance Stephenson’s energy as he steps on the floor? The crowd obviously loves to see him come off of the bench. Talk to us about that.”

Then ole boy went off on a tangent sayin’ “We play the game the right way.” The next mornin’ the headlines on Fox Sports read “McMillan on Stephenson’s antics: “We play the game the right way.” WHAT!!!?

Hold on second bruh! My question had nothin’ to do with Lance Stephenson’s antics or him not playin’ the game the right way. He was ballin’ and entertainin’ the fans at the same time!!! The fans love Lance “The Don Dada!” That’s the nickname I’ve givin’ him because Born Ready isn’t hyped enough for a cat that plays with so much energy.

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! The dun is under appreciated in every way. That’s the reason why he left the first time. Every time you turned around either Larry Bird, Frank Vogel or Paul George were takin’ shots at him for the way that he plays the game. Remember when duns were outraged by him blowin’ in LeBron’s ear durin’ the Eastern Conference Finals a few years ago against the Heat? He frustrated the crap out of the best player on the planet and held him to like 7 points and just 24 minutes because LeBron was in foul trouble foolin’ around with Lance.

THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHIN’ WRONG WITH THE WAY HE PLAYS THE GAME!!! I love it and so does the Pacers fans that come to see him play.

Ole boy is playin’ the game with the ethusiasm of a kid and his energy is contagious. He’s the reason why the Pacers even sniffed the playoffs last season. They brought him back with just six games left and they won five of them.

Get off of this cats back and let him play. The crowd goes crazy when he comes off of the bench and he’s productive. That’s my guy because he’s just happy to play the game. I remember when he came back to the Pacers after bein’ gone for darn near two years I hollered at his locker and he said, “I shouldn’t have left.” Check out this video of me interviewin’ him after his first game back with the Pacers last April:


I respected him for leavin’ because boyz kept playin’ him sideways and takin’ shots at him. When a boy isn’t appreciated for what he can do that begins to wear on him. I just hope that they start to appreciate the “Don Dada” now that they’ve got such great energy and chemistry in the locker room. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as elementary as possible. To put it at ground level so everyone can understand it.

3) Ole boy: noun – the person that I’m currently talkin’ about.

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!