Steve Blake’s Gone!
…and in a better place.
by Sandy Dover
I was watching “Men Of A Certain Age” on TNT late Monday night, and I happened to check ESPN and saw this: Steve Blake got traded!
Now, I don’t want to sound like I’m taking Steve to task, but it might’ve sounded like that in the recent past. Regardless, in spite of Coach McSonic’s tough man act and “do it the right way” silly talk, the Xs and Os of the game have showed that Bayless was superior when he got Steve Blake’s minutes, and being a sycophant of Brandon Roy’s new max-status space bubble and catering to him being comfortable with Steve is worth less than the option of winning more with Bayless.
Again, Steve Blake is a fine player and I actually liked him in Portland, but not when he took away minutes from superior players like Bayless and Andre Miller. Now the Trail Blazers have the ability to play big for the playoffs with Marcus Camby, the godsend big man they’ve needed since LaMarcus has had to be the man for Portland (something he’s disappointingly failed at considering at what price Portland extended for).
It’s a positive for Los Angeles, too. The Clippers get a super-competent guard to back up Baron Davis in Blake, and with the addition of Travis Outlaw, there’s some hope for the future, however bleak and disappointing the set-up may be. Blake probably won’t have to gnash his teeth about his role, either, as he was not very emotive or seemingly content in Portland in this season, despite having a knockout summer training regimen with an ultimate fighting star. Outlaw will now have the ability to get a real chance to flourish without having to adapt to “black team” or “white team” status of Blazers yesteryear.
So congratulations and well-wishes to you, Steve and Travis. Go forth and prosper.
Marcus, congrats to you, sir. You have a winning team to actually play for. Instruct young LaMarcus in the ways of aggressive post play.
…And Jerryd, make the most of your new freedom. It’s your time, son.
Sandy Dover is a novelist/writer, artist and fitness enthusiast, as well as an unrepentant Prince fan (for real). You can find Sandy frequently here at SLAMonline.