Lakers G Blake out 3 weeks

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake will be
sidelined for at least three weeks after puncturing his left foot on a spike
strip in a parking garage.

The Lakers
announced Blake’s injury Monday.

The veteran
point guard will be held out of any impact exercises for about three weeks. Los
Angeles opens training camp next Monday, Oct. 1, with its first preseason game
Oct. 7.

Newly acquired
center Dwight Howard also won’t be participating immediately in Lakers camp
while recuperating from offseason back surgery.

Blake is
expected to be Steve Nash’s backup this season. Blake averaged 5.2 points and
3.3 assists last season for the Lakers in his second season with the club while
primarily backing up Derek Fisher and Ramon Sessions.

Blake is heading
into his 10th NBA season.