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Steve Blake
Steve Blake
Position: -
Born: 02/26/80
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:171 lbs. / 78 kg.
Earnings: $36,946,977 ($45,613,494*)
Arenas recalled a story from when he and Blake were teammates on the Washington Wizards during a recent episode of his ‘No Chill Gil’ podcast. They got into a fight at practice and how Blake reacted afterward took Arenas by surprise. “During practice I elbowed Steve Blake and he swung at me,” Arenas said. “I was like ‘damn, wait hold on.’ Oh, really? Did [he] just throw a punch at me? Is that how we’re working here? We’re going through it, like wrestling on the floor. Practiced ended. He’s like ‘alright, man, y’all want to go to Legal Seafood?'”
Monty Williams credited Steve Blake and Larry Greer for helping the Phoenix Suns establish a culture in their first season under him. “What they brought (to the team), especially the first 65 games and laying the foundation for our team and our program was invaluable,” Williams said after Saturday’s practice for the NBA restart at Walt Disney World Resort. However, the Suns have moved forward without the two assistants. “We’re thankful for their contributions, (but) at the same time, everybody has to adapt in this league,” Williams said.
Williams declined to explain why Blake and Greer are no longer on the staff. “The details of it all, I don’t want to get into,” Williams said. “Organizations go through change and there are times where guys have to make decisions that are best for them and their families. It’s a tough loss to not have those guys, but those decisions have to be made and as a leader, I have to respect what’s best for the organization and what’s best for the individuals.”
Steve Blake and Larry Greer are no longer on the Phoenix Suns’ coaching staff, team officials confirmed Thursday evening. Blake and Greer were in their first season on the Suns’ staff under Williams. Greer was an assistant at Arizona State from 2012-15 before working as an advance scout with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2015-17) and as advance scout (2017-18) and assistant (2018-19) for the Minnesota Timberwolves.