Lakers' Blake, wife target of attacks on Twitter

Associated Press Modified: May 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: May 18, 2012
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife received multiple online threats after he missed a big shot late in Game 2 of Los Angeles' second-round playoff series with Oklahoma City.

Blake has contacted the Lakers' security team about the threats, the backup point guard said Friday during shootaround for Game 3.

Blake barely missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left in the Lakers' 77-75 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. The third-seeded Lakers already had blown a seven-point lead in the final 2 minutes of regulation, and they fell into a 0-2 hole in the series.

"I let our security people know about it, and kind of kept a record of what was said just in case, but other than that, try not to make a big deal out of it," Blake said.

Blake said he and his wife, Kristen, were besieged on Twitter by curses, threats, and "people saying things I don't even really want to repeat. It's an unfortunate situation, but it's the mental side of the game. You've got to be better than that."

Blake rarely tweets, but his wife is a frequent user of social media. The family has three young children.

"I hope your family gets murdered," read one post that Kristen Blake re-tweeted with the comment, "Wow."

Lakers coach Mike Brown became visibly upset when asked about the abuse before Friday's game, calling it "a doggone shame." Brown is no stranger to vicious criticism after five years coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers and one season with the Lakers.

"Everybody has families. You don't want to touch that," Brown said. "That gets me emotional right there. I feel bad for him. ... Steve is a tough guy."



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