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Steve Blake fined $25K for inappropriate language toward a fan during Lakers’ loss to Clippers

Nov 6, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles Reuters

You may not think L.A. fans are all that passionate about their basketball — and the people in the lower bowl seats at most Lakers home games are there to be seen more than they are to cheer on the basketball, so the reputation is at least based on something real.

But just as many across the country hate the Lakers for varying reasons, there’s a large contingent in southern California that feels the same way. And they come out in force when the Clippers and the Lakers play at Staples Center.

The reason for the brief lesson in L.A. fandom is due to the fact that Lakers’ guard Steve Blake was fined $25K for  “directing inappropriate language toward a fan,” according to a league release. The incident took place with 29.2 seconds left in a game the Lakers lost.

It’s never OK for a player to go after a fan, for any reason, so the fine is justified.

But given the animosity Clippers fans have towards the Lakers and their fans — and now that the Clips actually have a team on the floor that can do a lot more than just compete — I guess what I’m saying is, it’s not at all a surprise that it was a Clippers fan (or fans) who were the ones to get under Blake’s skin.

  1. hojo20 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    It’s amazing that Blake has lasted in the NBA this long.

  2. eureca323 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    As a fan I have no problem if a NBA player went at me like that if I deserved it. Steve Blake is not gonna go off if he wasn’t a idiot fan that was going overboard. I definitely don’t agree with your statement a NBA player shouldn’t go after a fan for any reason. I’ve seen fans spit on players. Fans have called players the N word. Just because you bought a ticket or happen to have one doesn’t mean you have the right to be a subhuman.

    • bougin89 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      I think you hit the nail right on the head. Some fans go overboard, way overboard.

  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    some of nash’s craftiness is already rubbing off on blake… this is the year blake gets the nod as a legitimate 2nd unit laker…

  4. joeyashwi - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I agree with eureca123.

  5. joeyashwi - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Sorry, meant eureca323

  6. sidneyz - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Actually, Steve Blake is a serviceable backup point guard. And he will get better practicing with Nash everyday. Can’t wait until this Laker machine starts rolling! We won’t be able to be stopped!

  7. paulhargis53 - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    bougin89: look no further than lakerluver for going overboard.

  8. misterdreamer119 - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Blakes play on the court is offensive.

  9. scalfor3 - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Blake gets so much hate for being average

  10. kavika6 - Nov 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Looks like kobe and artest’s bad attitudes have rubbed off on him. He was pretty cool before becoming a laker.

    • dlace91 - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Blake has always had a bad attitude. He fought a freshman on his team while in college. That is just one incident. He has a mouth on him.

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