Pals LeBron James and Lance Stephenson. (Brian Spurlock /  USA Today)

Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers guard and fabulous Internet meme spawner, was fined $10,000 by the NBA — but not for blowing into the ear of LeBron James.

Stephenson was dinged for violating the NBA’s flopping rules, his second flopping offense in less than a week.

Oddly, the fine had nothing to do with the way in which he breathed into King James’s ear.