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Lakers News: Steve Blake Praises His Former Teammate Kobe Bryant

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The Lakers entered the 2013-14 season with high hopes. Injuries derailed the team all year and brought about the most losses since the team moved to Los Angeles. In a money saving move, the Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

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As the Lakers are set to take on the Warriors Friday, Blake commented on playing with his former teammate Kobe Bryant according to Mark Medina from L.A. Daily News:

 

During his time as a Laker, Blake established a close relationship with Bryant. When the Lakers sent Blake to the Warriors, Bryant expressed frustration over the loss of a friend and competitive teammate on Twitter.

Blake isn’t the first person to come out and praise Bryant. Just last month, Kevin Durant, Jamaal Crawford, and Blake Griffin all spoke about Bryant’s greatness. Even some of the current Lakers have commented on how great it is to be able to learn from someone of Bryant’s caliber.

By signing an extension last November, Bryant is expected to carry out his final two years as a Laker. The Lakers will have ample cap room and high draft pick to bring in new players.
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  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    Only those who envy his achievement and greatness can say negative things about him….

  • quickster007

    Now Kobe, go tell Kevin Durant to replace you when you leave. The sad part it won’t happen till 2016

    • Jim213

  • sedale threat

    Kobe will demand a trade next season and join the knicks. Lakers are done.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      i think i just saw a pig fly….nope….just a stupid comment

    • Josh

      All this talk about Kobe wanting a trade. How many times does he have to say he is a Laker for life? And besides his desire to play his entire career in purple and gold, who would trade away their best player plus additional key role players to take on Kobe’s contract?

      • Chrmngblly

        Josh, you probably believed the woman who told you it was your baby, too, huh? Teams trading bad contracts is not unheard of. It is Pollyanna-ish to believe everything that comes out of these people’s mouths. I’m just saying….

        Give my regards to your wife.

        • Josh

          I won’t even comment on the stupid in this. I don’t know what kind of trade exceptions other teams have at their disposal to make a trade for Kobe. I assume he still has his no-trade agreement, which means he has to agree to any trade and limits the teams he could go to. I’ll take my best shot at some possible trades…

          Kobe for A’mare and Raymond Felton
          Kobe for Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani
          Kobe for Lebron and Udonis Haslem
          Kobe for Wade and Haslem
          Kobe for CP3 and Matt Barnes
          Kobe for Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford
          Kobe for Joe Johnson and Teletovic
          Kobe for DWill, Teletovic, and Andray Blatche
          Kobe for Roy Hibbert and George Hill
          Kobe for Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich
          Kobe for Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and Mike Dunleavy

          I don’t see Kobe, the Lakers, and the other team agreeing to ANY of those deals. Like I said, no team wants to give up one of their best players for a 36-year-old Kobe Bryant coming off two enormously significant injuries. And I don’t think Kobe wants to go to another team if it means one of that team’s best players leaving in the deal. It’s got nothing to do with my marriage. Kobe just is not tradeable.

          • Chrmngblly

            You know I am just playing with you because I like you, right?

            But if Kobe came back and was playing well, he could lose patience and demand a trade. I agree that it would be difficult, but what if the injury bug hit another team that was competitive? Who is to say that they might not want to package a few draft picks and injured players in a swap before the deadline or something like that?

            Also, I apologize to your domestic partner…:-)

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