Steve Blake, wife get hate tweets
But he learned quickly how a town can turn on him after he missed a potential game-winning 3 in the Lakers' 77-75 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
After the game, both the Twitter feeds of Blake and his wife, Kristen, were inundated with criticism ranging from curse word-laden rants to threats.
"I hope your family gets murdered," read one tweet that Kristen Blake re-tweeted along with a single comment: "Wow."
Kristen Blake also mentioned on her Twitter account that she blocked more than 500 people from viewing her timeline and quoted a Bible verse that included the message: "Pray for those who abuse you."
Steve Blake responded to the troublesome situation after Lakers practice on Thursday.
"It's pretty disappointing that there are a lot of hateful people out there, but you move on," Blake said. "I just don't appreciate it when it's toward my family. You can come at me all you want but when you say things about my wife and my kids, that makes me upset."
"Everybody has families; you don't want to touch that," said a visibly upset Lakers coach Mike Brown during his pregame talk with the press before Game 3 on Friday. "That's the only thing; it gets me emotional right now. I just feel bad for his family. I feel bad for him. That shouldn't be a part of life. To have somebody want to do stuff like that, attack your family and freaking kids, man? No. I don't like that. I feel bad for him.
"You kind of feel helpless out there because all these people; you don't know who did it. People know when we're leaving (the arena) and when we're in town. That's tough to deal with, man. It's tough & It's a shame. It's a doggone shame."
After Friday's shootaround, Blake said: "It is the unfortunate side of pro sports. Everyone is criticizing and sometimes people cross the line. But, you got to move past it and be the positive person and I think that's the approach my wife and I are trying to take with it."
Blake said he notified Lakers team security personnel about the threats and kept a record of the tweets he received "just in case."
Thunder coach Scott Brooks also was disappointed by what Blake had to go through.
"It doesn't make sense," Brooks said before Game 3. "It is a game, and it's an important game for both teams, but it's not that important. When you get threats like that, that's unacceptable. That makes no sense that people are like that over a game."
It was previously reported by The Associated Press that Kobe Bryant had tweeted a response to fans, but the Lakers' star does not have a Twitter account and the statement could not be verified.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.