Hooters held his favorite table, but Lance Stephenson couldn’t make it

The Hooters on Georgia Street reserved a table for former Pacers guard Lance Stephenson after he invited Indianapolis to join him following the game Tuesday. (Photo: Mike Williams/IndyStar)

INDIANAPOLIS — His usual spot was waiting: an Indiana-shaped table in the middle of the restaurant.

And the fans were there, with a 25-minute wait to get in.

It was Tuesday night at the Hooters on Georgia Street and fans were there because a professional basketball player had invited the city of Indianapolis to join him after his first game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as a Los Angeles Laker. The entire situation defied description … and nothing could better capture the relationship between and Lance Stephenson and Indianapolis.

“And I’m definitely going to go to Hooters after the game,” Stephenson said with a laugh during the Los Angles Lakers’ shootaround Tuesday morning. “Definitely looking forward to that. Everyone meet me at Hooters after the game!”

Every table was filled, except Lance’s. The Indiana-shaped table was empty with two Bud Light buckets filled with bottled water on ice, awaiting his arrival.

Unfortunately, the Lakers had other plans.

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