Be honest, everyone: back in 2002, when the Maryland Terrapins won the NCAA title, how many of you thought Steve Blake would be the best pro in the bunch? Sure, Blake was a key player on that team, and astute fans understood why he was so underrated. But he also was playing with Juan Dixon, the national player of the year, Lonny Baxter, a dominant inside force, and Chris Wilcox, who had all sorts of athletic potential. Blake seemed like the good college player that would go play in Europe, or something.â†µ
Eight years later, and Blake is the lone survivor. Last night, in his first game as a member of the Lakers, Blake showed exactly why he's managed to stick around for so long. With the Lakers trailing the Rockets by one point with under a minute to play, Blake sprung free and put a dagger into the Rockets' hearts.
Yup, that's Steve Blake in a nutshell. He knew exactly when to cut to get open, and when he got his chance, he knocked it down.â†µ