Steve Blake: 2013 Exit Interview

13exits_BlakeSteve Blake started 13 games and appeared in 45 towards averages of 7.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds. He shot 42.1 percent on three-pointers, which ranked 13th in the NBA. He missed 37 games due to an abdominal injury upon which he had surgery.

Blake averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two playoff games against San Antonio before straining his hamstring late in Game 2.

Below is a summary of his exit interview:

- Blake said he was pleased with the way he played despite all the injuries, including to himself, which really undercut the season and made things disappointing. He, like all his teammates, wishes they’d have a better opportunity were they able to compete when healthy. “At the end of each year it’s really frustrating. One of the main reasons I came here was because I wanted to win a championship. My experience here has been great, but I love it here in L.A., I love my teammates and the opportunities I’ve had here.”

- Blake on Steve Nash: “I loved playing with Steve. He’s one of those point guards everybody wants to play with. He’s going to find you if you’re open. I really enjoyed watching him and trying to learn how he runs pick and rolls, and see him do the things he did. It really helped me out to have a better year.”

- Blake said he felt like he fits really well into Mike D’Antoni’s system, but recognized how it needed to change with L.A.’s roster. “I think it could definitely work. I’m not exactly sure what the personnel is going to be, but if we had a whole summer, I think coach (D’Antoni) could figure out exactly what works best. We definitely have the talent. That’s what the summer time is for.”

- On his play with both Bryant and Nash out with injuries: “Towards the end of the year, I got to really show some of the other abilities I haven’t shown while I’ve been here. There’s so much talent here and not a lot of shots to go around. With Kobe out and Nash being hurt, someone had to take those shots and be ready to step up.”

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