August 28, 2012 |
The humanity struck the Blake family through the simplest gestures. After writing to their sponsored child in Rwanda for the past three years, Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife, Kristen, visited her in person. On their seven-day trip through Africa New Life Ministries , the Blakes saw everything. They witnessed poverty. They saw the traces of genocide inflicted on this land 18 years ago. They sensed hope amid the destruction. They noticed how the Blakes' ties with sports, the Lakers, and their Christian faith cemented a bond with the community.
August 29, 2012 |
This is the ninth post in a series focusing on five things each Lakers player must do to have a successful 2012-13 season. 1. Steve Blake needs to help decrease the minutes played by Steve Nash. Whether he does it by finding a consistent shot, connecting with teammates or just securing a lead, Blake has to play solidly enough to ensure the 38-year-old Nash isn't playing heavy minutes. Of course, Lakers Coach Mike Brown will determine this. Regardless of Blake's performance, the Lakers will feature their new prized point guard when games are close.
June 6, 2012 |
This is the eighth in a series of posts grading the Lakers on the 2011-12 season. Player: Steve Blake How he performed: 5.2 points on 37.7% shooting in regular season; 6.3 points on 41.9% shooting in the playoffs. The good: At least for one round of the playoffs, Blake provided everything the Lakers always wanted from him. He nailed critical three-pointers at opportune moments. Blake sank three consecutive threes to open Game 1 against Denver.
September 25, 2012 |
Laker fans haven't just scratched their heads wondering if Steve Blake will ever become that consistent three-point shooter the Purple & Gold hoped he'd become. Through two seasons with the Lakers, Blake has experienced several odd mishaps that left him sidelined. Blake sat out for a week, including the first game of the 2011 NBA playoffs, when he suddenly contracted chicken pox from an unknown source. Last season, Blake also missed 13 games because of a rib injury that worsened after making an awkward twist during a regular-season contest.
May 7, 2012 |
The defenses continued scrambling. Denver couldn't leave Kobe Bryant open on the perimeter. After Pau Gasol set a solid pick that sent Danilo Gallinari flopping to the ground, the Nuggets couldn't leave the Lakers' forward open in the post. Yet there stood one man open behind the three-point line, ready to fire away. Once Gasol found him, Ramon Sessions drilled the open three-pointer, giving the Lakers' a three-point cushion with 48.1 seconds left. The defenses continued scrambling.
October 1, 2012 |
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.