Thursday, December 15, 2011

Steve Blake Looks to Bounce Back with Lakers

After a lackluster season with the Lakers last year, Steve Blake (1999-2003) is looking to bounce back this season (
Blake was brought in last season to give the Lakers quality depth in the backcourt and there were even early rumblings that he would supplant Derek Fisher as the starter at some point last season. That obviously did not happen, as Fisher remained the starter and Blake seemingly saw his role decrease as the season went along. With a new coaching staff in place, Blake says that he is ready to play any role necessary to help the team win.

Blake told the LA Times that he's indifferent about being the starter, he just wants to win the NBA championship (follow the link to see the video):
Both Blake and Derek Fisher are coming off sub-par seasons, but who starts at point guard reveals to what degree [coach Mike] Brown still values Fisher's experience and locker-room clout.

"I'm going to try to be the best player I can be," said Blake, who's added some strength and has added some arc to his shot after averaging a career-low four points per game on 35.9% shooting. "I'm not going out there to try to win a starting job or anything like that. Everyone on this team is my teammate. I'm not here to try to show them up or beat them. I just want our team to be better. Whether it's coming off the bench, fine. Starting, great. It's all about us winning a championship this year."

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