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Lakers News: Coach D’Antoni ‘Surprised’ By Steve Blake Trade Reviewed by Momizat on . Mere minutes before the tip-off of tonight's game against the Houston Rockets, news broke that the Lakers had traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors. - Mere minutes before the tip-off of tonight's game against the Houston Rockets, news broke that the Lakers had traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors. - Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Coach D’Antoni ‘Surprised’ By Steve Blake Trade

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Mere minutes before the tip-off of tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets, news broke that the Lakers had traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors.

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Though there was speculation of this trade happening, it still came as a surprise, especially so close to game time. Coach Mike D’Antoni spoke to the media about Blake after the game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet:

Blake was described as the ‘heart and soul’ of this Lakers team. He continually rose to the occasion when injuries forced him into a larger role, and everyone on the team loved him.

Blake enjoyed being in Los Angeles as well and you could see that he was legitimately hurt about being traded. Coaches always love gritty, hard-nosed players and Blake was that kind of guy for the Lakers.

D’Antoni often preferred Blake to guard the top ballhandler on the opposing team, so losing a player like him will hurt. But with the Lakers getting back two more young wings, he will have some more options.

The deal did a lot to move the Lakers closer to getting under the luxury tax line which is a goal for the team before this season ends.
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  • Jim213

    You’ll be getting your pink slip once the season is over. But business move foremost (Blake).

    • Daryl Peek

      Don’t hold you breath on that mayne.

      • Jim213

        The coach hasn’t shown the ability to adapt to the roster. FO will need to look for another big or two next season but if some are put off aside of Kobe and a few others (small ball somewhat).

        Best to move on and bring in a coach who’ll appeal and use his more reliable players as opposed to going not adapting. While being able to implement a style that will capitalize on the roster which goes for small ball too.

  • ra

    Surprise! Tank time. #1 draft pick coming soon.

    • Jim213

      Have them finishing the season between the 3rd to 6th worst record in the league this season. Doubtful they’ll win more than 25 games this season which would make this team the worst Lakers team for an 82 game season. But if they can’t win more than 21 games will be the WORST Laker team of all time.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It’s like that sometimes.

  • t.o

    I think this is gonna be his last season (D’ antoni), they’re just moving forward without him i think (trades, etc..)

  • Cdwilli1

    Steve Blake was nice and all but he never really did anything meaningful. I always will remember him for missing that GW against the Thunder while Kobe was still shocked Metta didn’t pass him the ball. He was a hard worker and a good player but I can’t say its that big of a deal

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