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Steve Blake traded to Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore

Steve BlakeSteve Blake was traded by the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, the night before the trade deadline in the NBA. Blake was dealt to the Dubs for MarShaon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

Blake actually showed up to Staples Center for the Lakers’ game with the Houston Rockets and warmed up with the team before being told he was traded. The Warriors are at the Sacramento Kings Wednesday, but they host the Rockets on Thursday night, so we expect him to play in that game.

Blake has averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 assists per game for the Lakers this season. He’s been particularly good on 3-pointers, making 40 percent of them and nearly two a game. He should give the Warriors another outside option. He’s in the final year of his contract, which pays him $4 million this season.

According to Mike Bresnahan, who first reported the deal, Blake said he enjoyed LA and did not rule out returning to the Lakers in free agency.

Bazemore is a second-year guard from Old Dominion. He’s averaged just 6.1 minutes per game this season and has shot 37.1 percent for his career.

Brooks was originally drafted by the Nets and averaged 12.6 points per game for them as a rookie. He was traded to the Celtics in the offseason as part of the Paul Pierce/Jason Terry/Kevin Garnett deal, and he was dealt again as part of a three-way deal in January.

Nets fill second year ‘rookie’ MarShon Brooks’ car with popcorn (Pictures)

Of all the pranks we see across professional and collegiate athletics, the popcorn in the car gag has to be one of the worst. As you can see from the photo above that Deron Williams tweeted, Nets second-year “rookie” MarShon Brooks recently fell victim to the mother of all car pranks. According to Nets Daily, the Brooklyn veterans have decided that since last season was shortened because of the lockout, Brooks is still considered a rookie for the first 16 games of the upcoming season.

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MarShon Brooks still upset with new teammate Jerry Stackhouse over childhood autograph snub

Wednesday brought news that the Nets signed Jerry Stackhouse to sit at the end of their bench. It’s not the roster move Nets fans might have been hoping hoping for, but Stackhouse, 37, will give the still-relatively young squad veteran leadership in the locker room.

Nets guard MarShon Brooks, however, apparently isn’t so excited about his team’s new addition. At least not until he can settle a grudge he’s had with Stackhouse since Brooks was young. From the New York Post’s Tim Bontemps:

Sounds similar to the way David West trolled a bunch of young Pacers fans during the playoffs.

I think we know the only way to settle this: Stack gives Brooks an autograph. Brooks comes away happy because he finally gets his long-awaited autograph. And Stackhouse is happy because somebody still wants his autograph.

Photo: Jim O’Connor-US PRESSWIRE

A Beginner’s Guide to the 2011 NBA Draft: Profiles on All the Top Prospects

Reading NBA draft previews sometimes feels like wading through Princess Bride-style quicksand. With so many names to remember and stats to sift through, it can be hard to figure out what draft info is important and what’s just unnecessary nonsense.

Do you care as a casual fan, for instance, that Enes Kanter has 5.9% body fat? Or that Marcus Morris can run three quarters of the court in 3.2 seconds whereas his twin brother, Markieff, runs it in 3.4 seconds? Not really, right?

You just want the basics. Which is why I wrote this beginner’s guide.

Draft lunatics will already know most of what is written below. It’s not quantum physics, just a good starting place for people staring at the screen on draft night wondering “who is that guy?”

If you’re here for insight into Nikola Vucevic’s standing reach, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if cheat sheet info delivered in 100 words or less is your thing, I’m your guy. You won’t find any quicksand here.

Here’s my Cliff Notes-style guide to the 2011 NBA draft:

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