I got the chance to talk with Denver head coach George Karl for a couple minutes about the Steve Blake signing today. Here are his thoughts:
Blazersedge: What are Steve Blake's strengths?
Karl: He knows how to make a team work. He does what the coach needs. He's a glue guy who fits in and helps other people fit in too. That's an attribute that's underrated in our league. Nate was that kind of player too.
Blazersedge: How seriously did the Nuggets pursue him?
Karl: I don't have access to that information. I'm comfortable we made him a good money offer. He liked Portland. He has a house there and sometimes that makes a difference. Nate also pursued him. Nate told me several times how much he liked him. That makes you feel good when an old coach wants you back.
Blazersedge: How do you see Blake fitting in to Portland's team?
Karl: He's not a veteran veteran but with all of their young guys he'll be a maturing, steady influence.