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Steve Blake's long road trip around the NBA

Steve Blake's long road trip around the NBA

Steve Blake has heard the same line for more than a decade, as the NBA careers of three of his former Maryland teammates came to an end.

Now that Lonny Baxter, Juan Dixon and Chris Wilcox are all retired, many fans of a team that went to two straight Final Fours in 2001 and 2002 and won the only national title in the history of the Maryland men's basketball program are more than amazed that Blake is still playing in the NBA.

When the subject was broached last week with the 35-year-old point guard, Blake smiled.

"Should I be retired?" he asked during a lunch break at the summer camp he has run for several years. "I do take it year by year, but when I do...