Steve Blake the blueprint in Lakers debutOctober 29, 2010 —
Please allow me to reintroduce myself for those of you who don’t know, my name is Steve Blake and this is my welcoming address (calmly steps into three point shot and swishes away).
An unlikely hero stepped up on opening night for the revamped and reorganized Los Angeles Lakers. That man was Mr. Steve Blake. Superman didn’t come to the rescue, there was no Batman saving Gotham City, not even a Black Mamba to provide a deadly strike to its opponent. Is Blake “Kick Ass” in this superhero analogy?
In his first career game in a Laker uniform, Blake calmly waited behind the arc as Kobe attempted to drive between three defenders, before dishing it out for Blake for the three that put the Lakers ahead, and kept them ahead, 112-110 with 18.8 seconds to go.
Signed to a four-year, $16 million dollar deal in the offseason, Blake and other reserve guard Shannon Brown put up seven threes, and bailed the Lakers out like a bondsman. The Achilles’ Heel, if there was on for the back-to-back champs, had been their depth and bench play.
When Steve Blake is a “reserve,” you know there’s got to be some depth. And what can Brown do for you? To steal commentator Reggie Miller’s pun line of the week: score 16 points off the bench, including an electrifying fourth quarter that put the Lakers back in the game.
What Laker fans have been waiting for became a reality Tuesday night: an unlikely hero, in an unlikely scenario, playing an unlikely role.
What can we say? Down by as much as fifteen to the Houston Rockets, you can’t count them out. There is a reason they have been to three straight NBA Finals and won two straight titles; they play like champions.
While Blake wasn’t one of the Lakers who received a ring during the pre-game ceremony commemorating the Lakers’ 2010 season, Blake was Mr. Clutch.
And Brown was serving up points like a UPS delivery man. What CAN Brown do for you?
The question now is: what can Blake do for you? Kobe had six game winners last year.
But that was then, this is now. The revitalized Lakers. An unlikely hero succeeding in a clutch situation.
This is Steve Blake. Former Washington Wizards/Portland Trail Blazers/Milwaukee Bucks/Denver Nuggets/Los Angeles Clippers player. For those of you who don’t know.