Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 4:40 pm  |  26 responses

LeBron: Lakers Made ‘Right Play’ Passing to Steve Blake for Last Shot

Some in Laker Nation were and still are apoplectic over the fact that Steve Blake took (let alone missed) the potential winning shot in Game 2 last night, but LeBron James – infamous for gladly passing to open teammates with the game on the line throughout his career – says it was the correct play. From the Sun-Sentinel: “A day after he was left to defend his own Tuesday late-game decision in the Miami Heat’s Game 2 loss to the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James came to the defense of the Los Angeles Lakers and their late-game execution in their Game 2 loss Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Instead of going to Kobe Bryant, as scripted, for the decisive play against the Thunder, Lakers forward Metta World Peace passed to an open Steve Blake, who was off with a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. To James, it was a case of the former Ron Artest making the right basketball play, just as he deferred to Dwyane Wade, who blew an open late layup that could have allowed the Heat to salvage Game 2 against the Pacers. ‘I thought it was a great play,’ James said of World Peace’s pass to Blake. ‘You guys know my answer. I thought it was a great play. Those are the same shots that Derek Fisher has hit multiple times for the Lakers,’ James said. ‘And if Steve Blake makes that shot, then it’s a whole different storyline. You guys know how it works. I think it was a great play. Ron Artest made the perfect play, and [Blake] just missed it. You make that shot, you miss it, the storyline gets changed.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Getting LeBron’s stamp of approval for clutch decisions is like having Kim Kardashian praise your marriage.

  • Allenp for king

    ahahhahahaha nice one AllenP
    Had to post a comment for it, EPIC!

  • Gregg

    Allenp for the win.

  • ti-sizzle


  • bike

    Oh LeBron…you should always pass on making a comment about a last shot…always pass.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Sure…LeBron has failed in every single clutch situation like Kardashian failed in every single marriage.

  • Ill Smith

    Damn you Allen. You can’t kill it with the 1st comment c’mon fam!

  • ash

    Ha ha @ Allenp but if Blake would of made the shot this would be whole another story. Its a great play. I’m glad you guys aren’t coaches

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nobody is blaming Blake. That was a great shot to get. The play seemed bad if it was designed for Kobe to shoot, but it was designed to get a great shot it was a complete success.
    Kobe had no business being upset.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Blake was playing decent ball before going to the Lakers. And he’s even had some moments here, recently.
    Alot of players have played decent ball before getting with Kobe.
    My point?
    Dudes don’t like playing with Kobe.
    What did Blake say?
    “Kobe don’t NEVER say nuthin’ nice ’bout me…”
    Very, VERY telling.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    AllenP dribbles down the lane and boom! goes the dynamite.

  • JL

    it was a good shot to take (unlike kobe’s prior shots), but they just needed a 2! a higher pct shot should have been taken. 6 seconds was enough for establishing post position and a quick shot. Not Blake’s fault though. He has been their best 3pt shooter. But he shoots it in the high 30′s. Bynum or Gasol would have hit the shot 50% of the time for 2 pts. Which one would you take?

  • SylvioMac

    Allen shut the comments section down in 1 take. Should have locked the comments after that lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com king

    i guess steve blake shouldn’t have taken that shot against denver

  • Brad09

    what does lebron know? he cant even get the ball to the best clutch player on his own team

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe takes that shot, not Blake. Period!!

  • robb

    now we know it wasn’t the right play

  • trueballer4life

    omg man wtf smh!.. obvious comment fr lbj..- la choked bottom line it was a garbage result..

  • Scalabrine for MVP

    Lebron needs say something about this? Really?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/05/lebron-lakers-made-‘right-play’-passing-to-steve-blake-for-last-shot/ thePhoenix

    @Scalabrine for MVP…. Yes, Lebron does need to. Why? Because the REPORTER ASKED HIM. He didn’t tweet it, or go out of his way to share his thoughts. He just answered a question, that he was asked, as best and honestly as he could. People need to STFU with comments like that.

  • http://bbcnews.com charliewinning

    @Philosopher: Was that a real quote from Blake? If it’s true that’s wild. @Scalabrine: He was asked a question. He answered it. What was he suppose to do, lie and say he didn’t see it?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    welcome one and all to ‘KOBE’S WORLD’!!!….In Kobe’s world he makes the inbound pass AND takes the shot…

  • Frostbite

    lol JTaylor21 you’re pathetic.

  • elmaar

    cosign thePhoenix
    yes lebron tends to miss free throws at the end of games, that’s one of weaknesses in his game overall during all quarters of the game, but he is no choker and the statistics prove that

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhGPrEMx5c The Mauve Avenger

    We’re all so very thrilled you approve LeBron.

  • DerekG

    LMAO! AllenP FTW! BIke’s comment is GOLDEN too!! LOL!!