Why Mr. Steve Blake Should Come Off the LA Lakers' Bench
These last few weeks have been nothing but progression for the Lakers. The Lakers have young potential and now a veteran sharp shooter by the name of Steve Blake who can lead the Lakers secondary unit.
This is another brilliant move by Laker GM Mitch Kupchak. Once again Jerry Buss has made a brilliant and unselfish move to sign Blake as a Mid-level exception player and it will be worth every penny.
Like I've said before, all the Lakers need is either a solid point guard who can run the the triangle offense or a sharp shooter. With Blake, the Lakers gained both.
People may laugh at this move by Kupchak but I can only praise it. The beauty of the Triangle Offense is that it does not require a "true" point guard.
As long as someone can keep possession of the ball and can create good looks for the other players, the Lakers don't need a "true" point guard.
Watching the Blazers in Oregon, I have seen Blake play multiple times. Trust me, it will be a picture perfect match, and here's why.
If Derek Fisher can provide 20-25 minuets as a starter and if Steve Blake is willing to come off the bench (which he should gladly do), this team is unbeatable. Fisher would provide his usual numbers and his defense and when he needs rest, Blake can come off the bench and continue what Fisher has been already doing.
Neither Blake nor Fisher would really be starting, it would all depend on the match up's that night. If you think about the potential for the Lakers off the bench, it's unreal.
Steve Blake at (PG), Lamar at (F), Devin Ebanks at (F), and either Kobe, Gasol, or Bynum could be in the game as well with these group of guys.
Somebody pinch me please.
It can't get much better than this.
The key is, Blake must come off the bench. Why?
Because Blake cannot defend the premiere point guards around the league. Players such as Chris Paul, Derron William's, Westbrook, Devin Harris, Tyreke Evan's, Chauncey Billup's, etc. Blake may be a better defender than he looks but, the fact is, this league is now dominated by guards and someone like Blake shouldn't kid himself.
You're blessed to be on a championship team, do us all a favor and come off the bench. but don't worry you will still play starter type minuets. (Depending on the return of Fisher).
Blake will bring another option for the Lakers. Because the Lakers bench has been their weak point, Blake only makes this championship team better. Blake will spread the floor and he can lead this secondary group while the starter rest. He has experience and he is a smart player. Blake rarely misses and he rarely makes mistakes.
This is exactly what the Lakers needed, a veteran guard who can stick open jumpers. Like I said, he will definitely spread the floor and this will only make the Lakers more dangerous.
This means a most likely farewell to Farmar. I'm glad, though Farmar has shown sparks of potential, he continues to disappoint in the overall. You have had your chances Farmar, it's time we let you go and bring in someone who can do the job right.
As for Shannon Brown and Vujicic, this leaves them with a golden opportunity. If Brown stays, this could mean more rest for players like Kobe and Gasol, which is exactly what we need. Brown and Vujicic could share the two and three-spot (if Brown is willing) and this would mean the Lakers second unit could be three-point oriented. When a bench can score a lot of points it obviously helps their momentum and confidence.
This Laker bench could be devastating if they are consistent and healthy.
The Lakers will be the favorites for the title once again, going into the 2010-2011 NBA Season (if there is one), but it will all depend on Blake's attitude and how hard he wants to work. Welcome to the "city of angels" my friend.
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