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Sun archives: Blake carves a niche with competitiveness, character

There's a dripping baby bottle in the rental car cup holder and a basketball sliding around in the back seat. Steve Blake is driving to the gym to work out with his wife. Then it's back to his Montgomery County basketball camp followed by dinner with mom and dad -- last night was spaghetti -- at their chain hotel.Yes, regular guys do occasionally make it in the NBA. They do sometimes win an NCAA championship, as Blake did at Maryland in 2002, and marry a cheerleader (Blake did that, too). On July 13, the skinny free-agent point guard, whom his financial adviser fondly calls a "homebody," signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers,...

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