Only 10 days after stepping on a parking lot spike with his bare left foot, Lakers guard Steve Blakepracticed on Thursday without limitations.
That left Lakers Coach Mike Brown gushing about Blake's rehabbing from a puncture wound in his left foot that the team initially expected would sideline him for at least three weeks.
"The kid's just tough as nails," Brown said. "I don't know if he'll ever get out of shape. He only knows one way to play, which is hard, and he's worked extremely hard on his game this summer. Watching him, you couldn't tell that this was his first practice. He was Steve Blake."
Blake is expected to play as Steve Nash's backup at point guard. Chris Duhon, whom the Lakers acquired from the Orlando Magic in the Dwight Howard deal, had played as the primary backup point guard during Blake's three-day absence during training camp. The Lakers also have second-year point guard Darius Morris under contract.
Although he conceded Blake has the edge because of his previous two seasons with the Lakers, Brown suggested Blake may compete for minutes with Duhon.