Steve Blake will be out at least three weeks after stepping on a parking lot… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)
As he headed toward his truck barefoot in a Manhattan Beach parking lot, Lakers guard Steve Blake turned his head.
Somebody called his name and Blake looked up. At that instant, Blake stepped on a spike strip that left a puncture in his left foot, an incident he described as an "unfortunate situation."
"When you step on something like that, it's pretty painful," Blake said. "All the blood made me realize something was wrong. It's unfortunate. You move past it and go from there."
Blake arrived at media day Monday at the team's practice facility in El Segundo in full uniform -- and wearing shoes. He didn't show any limitation when he walked to the various photo shoots and interview sessions. Blake said doctors have cleared him for spot shooting drills.
Nonetheless, Blake said that "cutting, anything that causes friction will open the wound up." Hence, Blake will be limited for at least three weeks.
That will open up the backup shooting guard spot to Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. It could inhibit any progress Blake hoped to make after showing more consistency shooting in last season's playoffs. But Blake remained optimistic the return won't be difficult because he he learned Eddie Jordan's Princeton offense when he played with the Washington Wizards from 2004 to 2006.
"The pain is not too bad right now," Blake said. "It's still a little sensitive on my heel. But I'm healing well and healing fast. I'm on track to get back."
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