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Lakers Injury Update: Steve Blake Participates In Practice

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries continue to be a problem for the Los Angeles Lakers with the backcourt missing Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Steve Blake.

Fortunately, Blake made an appearance on the practice floor on Saturday. Blake was seen participating in 5-on-0 drills in practice with the team while in Toronto according to Serena Winters of LakersNation.com:


Although Blake was able to get some work in on Saturday, the veteran point guard was still only using his left arm. Blake’s elbow injury is on his shooting arm (right) and it restricts a lot of things he’s able to do on the basketball floor.

Along with Blake participating in practice, an update was given on Bryant’s status recently. Apparently, Bryant will be re-evaluated in February rather than Jan. 28 when he and Nash were both thought to possibly return against the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Timetables for Henry, Farmar and Nash remain uncertain moving forward. Henry will likely be the first to return out of all the currently injured Lakers, but that may change pending any setbacks.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes he needs to be fully healed to return to action and that makes perfect sense.

    • Jim213

      Given Blake will be a FA in 2014, no need for him to rush and risk re-injury. Might as well wait until late February early March to return to full strength. x)

      • kobe24

        I don’t see what being a FA has to bringing him in a rush??? I’d say he should be back after all star break

        • Jim213

          Guess you forgot Kobe’s recent return given the coach will play him 30+ minutes to start. Shouldn’t risk aggravation given he value will likely fall come FA.

          • kobe24

            Lol what why would he play Blake 30+ when Marshall can play pg? When kobe was playing there was 0

          • Jim213

            Wow, SMH how about b/c he can shoot the ball. The team’s only won one game as Blake is more in tune with the team thus if he (coach) wants to win more games then iit’s a move he’ll consider though Blake should return late February or until march IMO.

          • Daryl Peek

            Jim, Jim, Jim… LOL

          • Jim213

            Daryl ?!, been thru this many times. He should get no more than 20 minutes (to start off) being reinserting him to the offense gradually like many coaches do (Rondo/Celts ex.). Who’s talking about running players to the ground? How about they’re coming off an injury and gradually bringing them back until they show enough progress to play whatever minutes the coach intends after.

            That’s been the modo mostly and again Phil agrees too. See Blake’s value dropping if he happens to get injured again while coming back too soon from injury given he could’ve returned when close to NBA ready not when an MD gives the clear a week before. Guess you believe
            athletes can run a full marathon after returning from a broken leg injury (ex) 1-2 wks prior from being cleared by MD to return to 100% full practice. Not robots Daryl SMH.

            Kobe was avg. 29 mins. upon his return but with the depletion at the 1it’s understandable that the coach would’ve wanted to play Kobe more though why not play X Henry 26+ mins to allow Kobe a smoother transition which would’ve helped him get his legs back gradually. I remember seeing a picture of Kobe’s left leg upon playing his first game this season. All one needs to observe to know he came back too soon aside of his right leg looking muscular than his bony one (left).

            However, what is done is done but given that the team has only won a game since Marshall was signed (not his fault) it’s obvious Blake would likely play 25+ minutes of the bat. Unless the coach is cool with losing which in that case #rollwithit given they aren’t making the playoffs while seeing Kupcake in the NBA lottery draft.

          • Daryl Peek

            All of that said, again why be concerned about minutes when the players aren’t? They’re not robots and not stupid. The coach is not forcing them to do anything against doctors or their own will. And Phil may agree with the limited/monitored minutes theme just as D’Antoni and other coaches do but he did not put it into practice all of the time either as Kobe and others played HEAVY minutes under him.

            As Kobe recently said, It’s not my job to worry about the position of the team as I’m working my way back from injury. I’m paid to play, all I can focus on is getting back to the position where I can do my job. These are his words and his intent as a loyal soldier. Again he’s no drone dummy but he like Blake will do what they feel they need to do upon return.

            Looming free agency matters not. Getting back to 100% & what they can do for the Lakers is all they see and are focused on. Kupchak and Jimmy will worry about and handle looming free agency. MDA and the returning players will handle the reintegration minutes theme between them and they will do so without thinking twice about next season. #They’llRollWithIt

          • Daryl Peek

            What does Kobe return have to do with Blake? And why be concerned about minutes? The players aren’t? You can’t coddle them in hope they won’t get injured. Gasol is still playing the lowest amount of minutes per game of his career. It’s like MDA is running players into the dirt like Pat Riley or Phil Jackson use to but when you look at the numbers in comparison MDA is actually playing them all less minutes.

          • Jim213

            SMH, been thu this many times Daryl. Blake should get no more than 20 minutes a night being reinserting him to the offense gradually like many coaches do (Rondo/Celts ex.). Who’s talking about running players to the ground?!? How about they’re coming off an injury and gradually bringing back (20 or min) until they show enough progress to play whatever minutes the coach intends after.

            That’s always been the modo mostly and again Phil agrees too. See Blake’s value dropping if he gets injured again given he could’ve returned when close to NBA ready not when an MD gives the clear the week before. Guess you’re one of those rare ones that believes someone can run a fully marathon after an MD removed their cast 2-3 wks prior. Their not robots daryl SMH.

          • Jimmy lol daryl

            Phil and pat didn’t run players into the ground. Jims got u on the PAYROLL…

          • Daryl Peek

            No, I just know Lakers history and choose not to speak on it with selective memory in remembrance.

            Pat Riley has always been known for running the Showtime Lakers to death, especially in practice. Every Laker great from Showtime; Magic, Worthy, B. Scott, AC Green & KAJ all unanimously contend Riley worked them way too hard in 1989 right before the NBA finals causing both B. Scott and Magic to come up lame where both suffered hamstring injuries that kept them from playing in those finals as they got swept by the pistons. Up til that point they had swept every western conference opponent in those playoffs. When you hear them talk today they all say they should have three peated in 89.

            Phil rarely ran more than an 8 man rotation. From 06-10 Kobe, LO & Gasol rarely saw under 38 minutes a game and often played 40 or more.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeap maybe Steve Blake will be traded in a salary dump?But i hope not.

    • kobe24

      Honestly depends, if FO still think Lakers can make a run for they won’t be dumping anybody (unless blockbuster trade) but I think like you mentioned Blake, Gasol could be traded for salary reasons (if the team decides to tank)

      • Lakers Fan

        I think it will depend on how we look going into the All-Star break if we will trade Pau or not. If our record is still terrible, then I think they will go ahead and pull off a trade. Since Marshall has been playing well, it’s a possibility Blake will be included in the trade. Wish it could be Nash, but nobody would want him or his salary.

  • Bruno Juno

    The Lakers should trade Steve Blake he is old and injury prone.Save $$$$$$$$$!

  • KLown

    No need for Steve Blake to be on the Lakers anymore way more better to play for a contender this season and he should be asking for a trade at this point since he is injured and barely coming back to a team that is terrible and out of playoff contention.Steve Blake is just a old guy collecting a fat paycheck.Time to trade.

  • Daryl Peek

    Blake’s a warrior! He’ll be back soon as the doctors clear him. He’ll be improved because he’s been working feverishly on his left and from what reports say he’s looking good doing it. Ambidextrous Blake. That will be interesting to see…

  • antzer

    Blake is a baller w/tough mindset and that’s the kind of influence we need around these younger dudes.

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