HoopsHype Steve Blake rumors

December 3, 2012 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers' point guard woes just got worse. Lakers guard Steve Blake will undergo laparoscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle and will miss at least 6-8 weeks, the team announced Monday. Blake was diagnosed with an abdominal strain on Nov. 12 and has missed the Lakers' past 10 games. Blake's extended absence leaves with no depth at point guard. USA Today

Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake will undergo laparoscopic surgery Wednesday to repair a torn abdominal muscle, the team announced Monday. Blake is expected to miss a minimum of six to eight weeks following the surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Craig Smith. ESPN.com

November 28, 2012 Updates
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November 13, 2012 Updates

Kobe Bryant did not speak to reporters after practice Monday because Lakers point guard Steve Blake suffered an abdominal strain and could only get an appointment with an Orange County doctor in the early afternoon, so Bryant flew him there in his helicopter to avoid any irksome traffic on the 405. Given the events of the past 72 hours, this explanation sounded perfectly reasonable. SI.com

Lakers guard Steve Blake underwent an ultrasound exam earlier today by Dr. Steven Yoon; results of the test showed a minor abdominal strain. Blake will not play in tomorrow night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and his status beyond that will be day-to- day. NBA.com

November 12, 2012 Updates

Now Steve Blake, who has started every game in Nash's absence, could miss time with a lower abdominal strain. Blake aggravated the injury early during the Lakers 103-90 win over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center, and played just over two minutes in the third quarter before pain forced him to the bench. The Lakers said Blake will miss Monday's practice in El Segundo, Calif., then undergo an ultrasound Tuesday, after which he will be reevaluated. ESPN.com

November 9, 2012 Updates

The coach’s son did receive support from Lakers’ family members — Kristen Blake, Steve’s wife, and Daniel Artest, the brother of Metta World Peace. Steve Blake and his family received death threats on Twitter during last season’s playoffs. Kristen Blake wrote on Twitter: “Leave Mike Brown’s son alone. What’s wrong with u people?! Stop attacking FAMILIES! How would you feel if YOUR family was treated like that?” Artest wrote: “Leave my homie @elijah_brown_4 alone tho. Says a lot about u attacking a kid online over a damn game” Orange County Register

November 8, 2012 Updates

What’s your version of what happened Friday night at the game?: Lance Jackson: “Well, first of all, I want to say I have the utmost respect for the game, the Lakers organization and most importantly the players. I have been going to games my entire life and we’re passionate fans, but I have never and would never ever use profanity towards any player, or anyone for that matter. With that being said, we’re really just trying to encourage Steve Blake and get him going. I told him to knock down a shot and it was just the heat of the moment type of thing. He’s a great guy and, like I said, just heat of the moment and he just got upset.” Sports Radio Interviews

Take us behind the scenes with the Steve Blake meeting you had. What did he say?: “We really talked about what happened and Steve Blake was really apologetic. That was really the gist of it. It was just a misunderstanding and he was frustrated and fans were frustrated. That was it. That’s all it really came down to. We’ve been fans forever and never had any issues, and Steve Blake knows we’ve been fans for a long time. We know Steve Blake is a great person and it was really just, like I said, heat of the moment and there’s nothing much else to it. It spiraled out of control from there.” Sports Radio Interviews

November 7, 2012 Updates

According to Jackson, he was shouting to Blake about "making your open shots." Another source says t Jackson was actually peppering his message with personal expletives. In the final minute of the game, Blake began firing back, shouting at Jackson from across the court, then actually approaching his courtside seat and cursing directly at him after fouling out with 29.2 seconds remaining. It was such a stunning scene, the personable Blake angrily confronting a member of one of the Lakers' first families, that the Lakers announcers gave a blow-by-blow on television. Said analyst Stu Lantz: "Are you kidding me?" Said play-by-play announcer Bill Macdonald: "That didn't look like a friendly conversation." Added Lantz: "Not at all, if you walk across the floor to talk to someone in the first row. But also you have to wonder what the fan was saying to him." Los Angeles Times

Lance Jackson and his father reached out to Blake in hopes of clearing the air, and Blake reached back. They met Tuesday in an office at the Lakers practice facility, where Blake apologized, and the apology was accepted. Said Blake: "I didn't have to do it, but they didn't have to reach out as well, and it shows what kind of character they have." Said Lance Jackson: "Steve seems like a great person, it all happened at the heat of the moment." Los Angeles Times

November 6, 2012 Updates

After getting fined $25,000 by the NBA for inappropriate language directed toward a fan, Steve Blake met with the fan and his father, longtime court-side ticket-holder Steve Jackson, at the team's practice facility on Tuesday. "We got a chance to speak and talk about the situation," said Blake. "I just let him know that I was sorry for the way I acted. I didn't handle myself the way I wanted to. We were able to talk and hopefully build a relationship off of that." FoxSportsWest.com

After getting fined $25,000 by the NBA for inappropriate language directed toward a fan, Steve Blake met with the fan and his father, longtime court-side ticket-holder Steve Jackson, at the team's practice facility on Tuesday. "We got a chance to speak and talk about the situation," said Blake. "I just let him know that I was sorry for the way I acted. I didn't handle myself the way I wanted to. We were able to talk and hopefully build a relationship off of that." Los Angeles Times

According to multiple sources (and included in my story on ESPNLA.comRead more at ESPN › ) all the fan said to Blake was, "You need to knock down those open shots," as Blake was going through a 2-for-6 night. The story I heard was that a fan sitting somewhere behind the fan sitting courtside who Blake ended up directing his inappropriate comments at yelled something to the effect of, "You suck" and Blake thought it was coming from the wrong guy. Sulia

November 3, 2012 Updates
October 16, 2012 Updates

Plenty of dominoes still have to fall before Fisher, who finished last season with Oklahoma City, actually winds up back at Staples Center in purple and gold. Fisher, for starters, will have to decide how long he’s willing to wait for the Lakers to open up a slot in their backcourt rotation for him. They currently have too many point guards and too high a payroll to sign him now, which account for two of the reasons that L.A. -- as ESPN.com reported Friday -- is shopping Steve Blake and Chris Duhon. ESPN.com

October 13, 2012 Updates

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