Before the Chris Paul trade got nixed, who would claim the Lakers' starting point guard spot remained one of the pressing questions for the 2011-12 season?
But once it appeared the Lakers would acquire Paul, that question suddenly became moot. Before everyone could wonder how the Lakers could shore up their frontline depth without Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, however, the NBA soon killed the Lakers-Rockets-Hornets deal for what they call "basketball reasons." Now everything appropriately centers on how Gasol and Odom will handle returning to a team that wanted to ship them out, and whether the Lakers can ever acquire Paul and Dwight Howard.
After Thursday's voluntary workouts at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo, Blake shed a dose of perspective on how the Lakers should react to any changes big or small.
"I've been playing eight years and I've seen it all," said Blake, though he uttered those words before the NBA killed the Paul deal. "I've been traded and seen guys get traded. Now it's just the way it is. You don't think anything else of it. If there's a change, you adjust and you move on. There's no harping on it or mentally thinking about it all the time. It's just part of your job and you move forward."
For Blake's part, that includes handling without much reaction Mike Brown's revelation that he's keeping the starting point guard open. Both Blake and Derek Fisher are coming off sub-par seasons, but who starts at point guard reveals to what degree 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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