Portland’s Steve Blake: Hate Me Now

November 8th, 2009 by Joseph Manuel Leave a reply »
You heard the whispers.  Too skinny.  No defense.  Weakest link.  But you brushed them off.

You brushed them off back when you attended Oak Hill Academy.  The same elite school that housed the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Durant, among others.

You brushed them off when you became the starter as a true freshman for a Maryland squad where you were paired with Juan Dixon and dominated the ACC; back when ACC basketball meant something besides Duke versus North Carolina.

But the whispers kept surfacing.  Too skinny.  No defense.  Weakest link. 

Never mind the fact that you were fifth all-time in career assists for the NCAA.  Or that you led Maryland to back-to-back Final Fours in 2001 and 2002, winning the NCAA Championship during the latter year.  Never mind that, at all.

Never mind all that.

Forget that steal against Duke's Jason Williams, in which you basically taught Mr. Williams to respect your defense rather than look over to Coach K for instruction.

It's easily understandable; point guards come and go.  All they have to do is bring the ball up the ...

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