Would You Rather: Steve Blake

Here’s a quick refresher of some typical questions you’d answer: Would you rather be invisible, or be able to read minds? Have Usain Bolt’s speed or Peyton Manning’s arm? Win the lottery or meet the love of your life? And so on.

A few games into the 2010-11 season, we used the “Would You Rather” premise to get to know one of the newest Lakers, Steve Blake, who answered 10 WYR questions, adding some extra thoughts where applicable.

MT: Would you rather have your three little boys grow into bullies or be socially uncomfortable at all times?Blake: I’d rather them be socially awkward, because I don’t want my kids growing up picking on kids or making other people feel bad. If they’re a little awkward, it’s OK. But my boys are great. All we do is play. They have more energy than I do, so we always wrestle, do puzzles, arts and crafts stuff. Editor’s note: Blake’s wife, Kristen, tweeted this from her @kristenblake2 account regarding their four-year old son just before we did the interview with Steve: My 4 yr old just busts out with the most random stuff. We're eatin lunch and he goes "mom did you know iron workers have very good balance?"

MT: Changing tunes here, would you rather talk international politics with Pau Gasol throughout a team flight or talk hip-hop with rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter?Blake: Probably politics. I’m someone that will sit there and watch CNN for a while just to kind of catch up on events going on around the world, so that would mesh with Pau. He’s very smart, knows a couple of languages, is a cultured guy. But with music, I’m pretty diverse. I don’t have one favorite, but I like to listen to rap, as well as some alternative music and I’ll even listen to some Christian music sometimes. I’m just not into the real heavy metal, that’s the only thing I don’t listen to.