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Exit interviews: Steve Blake acknowledges struggles fitting in with the Lakers

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Before nearly every game, Lakers guard Steve Blake often proved to be one of the early arrivals and among the first to complete his pre-game shooting. Rarely, however, did that translate on the court, where he averaged only four points per game on 35.9% shooting.

Blake wouldn't divulge what he discussed with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and General Manager Mitch Kupchak during his exit interview, but he acknowledged he didn't fit in as well as he envisioned when he signed with the Lakers last offseason to a four-year, $16-million deal.

"I never felt like I got to playing the best I could be," Blake said. "There were points where I did. I couldn’t explain why. I was comfortable. I love my teammates. I love my coaches. I never found my stride and activity."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Steve Blake reflects on the season as he answers reporter's questions about the Lakers season ending and his future with the team at the Laker's practice facility in El Segundo Tuesday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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Hey,

Another Laker expreassing his love for his teammates. I believe these guys will bounce back stronger.

blake was absolutely brutal for the Lakers this year! yeah, he's disappointed, SO ARE WE! cut your losses and get rid of him. sasha and jordan would have knocked down all of those GREAT LOOKS blake got this year!

Yep it seems all of these guys will give similar stories etc."I know what I have to do or should have done" Yea so why didn't you?? Ron's talking about giving up money and scoring etc. Ron you had like one good game.You don't keep shooting 1/8 and2/15 without realizing your hurting the team,yet keep shooting.However artest has the nerves to say he played well? Pride really goeth b4 a fall, or he really is crazy. Same for you fisher.You guys didn't step up,now no one wants to be traded??That's all this seems like.Here's a thought, as much as people bashed Kobe last years finals.At shooting guard he went 6/24,horrible yes,but he still pulled down 15 rebounds.The haters never mention this.That's the problem with these guys, they didn't step up and have kobe's much less each other's backs.Drew 6 and 6 in a closeout,how much blocks??He did his best perkins impersonation. In short when shots aren't falling etc you got to do other things.Other things instead of throwing up your hands and pouting(hear that pau?). That's why a few need to go.If people think this is just an attitude adjustment,that's so not true.You can't just change overnight,and you can't teach an old dog new tricks.The only thing these guys didn't do was cry like the heat, or maybe it hasn't come out yet.

I am sure he is a great guy but our GOAL here is RINGS!!! Championship Rings!!!


Don't expect to hear the truth from any of these guys publicly. Whatever is really going on will eventually be "leaked" and "reported" by the press.

I want Dallas to win it all this year because they are the last of the "old school" players. Kidd, Nowitzi, Terry & Peja. I'm not ready for the "new kids on the block" especially LeBron.

A championship for LeBron - in my opinion - is more of a "means to an end." I believe he's more concerned about promoting his "brand" in his quest to become a billionaire basketball player rather than being a basketball champion.

Dallas simply whipped the Lakers in their series and the teams that are currently in the playoffs are in Dallas' debt for eliminating the champions. With L.A. out of the picture, the remaining teams' hopes of winning increased 10 fold. They're all relieved that they will not have to face the Lakers and they have Dallas to thank.

So if Dallas can represent the "old guard" of the NBA, perhaps L.A. will bounce back; not take the "practice season" for granted and wind up in the Finals next season - and there will be, albeit a shortened one which will favor the Lakers. They really do need the rest so let's hope they don't take the rest for granted either.

They were humbled and humiliated in the postseason. The organization and the players have learned another valuable lesson. Once again, school is out. Now come back and bring another championship to L.A.!

I feel sorry for Steve Blake.

He had huge shoes to fill coming in after Farmar's tremendous success. It was expected that he would fall short...

/sarcasm

But, FYI, I was correct. Best case scenario was that he'd be at par with Farmar. I'd say I was right about that, and that Blake didn't have a best case season.

Let go of Pau, Odom, and possibly Bynum for Dwight Howard, CP3, Kevin Love....

And KOBE NEEDS TO CUT HIS SALARY LESS THAN HALF SO THAT HE CAN GET A-LISTS PLAYERS TO HELP HIM AT LEAST 5 MORE YEARS!!!!

DEAR KOBE,

I WILL GIVE YOU STOCK OPTIONS (OWNERSHIP) IN MY INTERNET COMPANY AS A COMPENSATION 1.5 X THAN WHAT YOU ARE GETTING AS AN NBA PLAYER AS LONG YOU GIVE ROOM FOR THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION TO ACQUIRE DWIGHT HOWARD, CP3, KEVIN LOVE, BLAKE GRIFFIN, OR KEVIN DURANT(NEXT 2 TO 3 YEARS).

get back to me at [email protected]

I am soooo DISGUSTED, WE NEED TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW NOW NOW!!!!

May 9th will be forever known as the Mother's Day Massacre in Lakerland. The exit interviews all sound depressing. I am concerned about the Lakers performance this season, however I trust the organization will correct those issues. However I must admit that I'm not interested in watching the remaining playoff games because I hate to see the league transform back into the 1990s. It was all about MJ and now the NBA has found his replacement for this decade (LB). I've always viewed the Lakers organization as the guardian to protect against this theory. In summary all Laker players, Laker fans, and Laker Front Office Personnel need to refocus and get hungry to protect against this evil empire growing in Miami. Go Purple and Gold!

come to think of it.....i hate when the Lakers play on mother's day. may 10, 2009 on mother's day the houston rockets beat L.A. 99 - 87 to even the series at 2 - 2. but there's was a point in time the game L.A. wa down by 29. that was the game where aaron brooks went nuts with 34 pts and made five 3's, sound familiar? next year, we need to tell david stern "NO GAMES ON MOTHER'S DAY!"

Has everyone forgotten about Sasha his shooting was awful most times & Farmar was okay but I have to say at least he would drive to the basket.

can somebody PLEASE explain to me how would dwight howard help the lakers howard NEEDS a playmaker to him better kobe lack that ability look at pau and larmer overall production playing with kobe larmer was a much better player when he was with wade on the heat but wade made him better also koren butler number went down the drain playing with ball hogging poor IQ kobe the lakers mangement need to look at grizz formula how they feeding their bigs zack randolph and mark gasol with great succes all the laker need is a young pass 1st penetrating PG with speed who can get the ball to pau and andrew to make their job easier howard cant do the job dude is more like ben wallace or a poorman antonio davis former pacer PF who was a better compare to howard..dwight howard is a great weakside defensive player with no legit go to moves and howard is very stiff and predictable on offense who at time is never focus pau skooled howard in the finals against the magic couple season ago plus howard is poor at guarding pivot players like pau, zack,bynum garnett former nba star rasheed wallace,al jefferson HOWARD is not the answer to fix the laker issues

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