In his first season as a Laker, Steve Blake averaged 4.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 boards on 35.9 percent shooting and 37.8 percent from three in 20 minutes per game, focusing on running the offense. In the playoffs, he averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 assists on 30.4 percent field goals and made 6-of-18 threes (33.3 percent) in 16.1 minutes per game.
Below is a summary of his exit interview:
On losing to Dallas: “It’s extremely frustrating. Not only to lose, but just lose the way (we did). (Dallas) played great, made a lot of shots, took advantage of our mistakes. But at the same time, it’s tough to know how good you really are as a team with the coaches we have and still go down that way. It was tough.”
On trying to find a comfort zone: “I never really felt like I got to be playing the best that I could be. There were some points that I did. I can’t really explain why, but I was comfortable. I loved my teammates, loved the coaches. I just never really found my stride and continued in it. I just had stretches.”
On the triangle offense: “It’s a little different for the point guard. It was something I definitely had to get used to. If we still ran it, I’d have the whole summer to really work on the aspects that the triangle uses from the point guard position. Whether we run it or we run something different next year I’ll be better either way, just cause I’ll have the whole summer to work on where I know I can be effective in the triangle offense, or if we play a different style, I’m definitely up for that as well.”