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

May 10, 2011 | 11:33 am

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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