Restaurant in Pacers Arena Lists 'Lance Armstrong' in Pacers Starting Lineup

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Restaurant in Pacers Arena Lists 'Lance Armstrong' in Pacers Starting Lineup
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Poor Lance Stephenson.

The fourth-year guard is having the best season of his career starting on an Indiana Pacers team with the best record in the NBA. He does not deserve to get his name written wrong, particularly at his home arena. But here we are.

That was taken at a restaurant in the Pacers' own arena, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

This is probably not what Stephenson had in mind earlier in the week when he released this video promoting himself in the 2014 All-Star Game vote.

But what can he expect? Lance Armstrong is far, far more famous than he is now, or likely ever will be. Whether Armstrong is famous for cheating or for beating cancer, winning seven Tours de France or having been stripped of seven Tour de France titles is irrelevant...he's just a particularly famous dude.

Even if Stephenson makes this All-Star team, and several more, he will never be as famous to this generation of American sports fans as is Armstrong.

Stephenson suffers from having the same first name as an incredibly famous person. UCLA wide receiver Shaq Evans had a great season for a top-tier NCAA program. He was on TV quite often. But that doesn't mean people don't associate the name "Shaq" with another, more famous, athlete, even if basketball Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal) spells his full name differently than the football Shaq (Shaquelle Evans).

Heck, even the name from his video (Sir Lancealot) is more often associated with another, more famous dude...even if the other Sir Lancelot may or may not have actually existed in real life.

So, sorry, Lance Stephenson, but you have once again suffered from the curse of the common name. It takes a transcendent athlete (like Mike) to transcend a common name. But keep playing at a high level, and maybe you'll get there someday.

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