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Lakers Introduce Steve Blake

The Lakers officially welcomed guard Steve Blake today, who held a press conference to announce his signing a four-year deal. General manager Mitch Kupchak said Blake worked out for the Lakers prior to the 2003 draft and "may have tested out as one of the best players we've ever had in terms of physical ability."

Steve Blake was happy to join the two-time defending champions:

I want to say that I'm extremely excited to be coming here with the Lakers as a player who wants to win. (I've) won championships at every level except the NBA, and I think (L.A.) is the best place to be. As a point guard, (I'm excited about) being able to play with the best player in the world in Kobe Bryant and other players like Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest ... and to play for the best coach, Phil Jackson. I'm extremely excited.

Here is the full press conference video:

Blake is expected to backup starting point guard Derek Fisher, who re-signed earlier this week.