EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake has resumed shooting and said he hopes to resume basketball activities by next week, after suffering a deep puncture wound to his left foot about 10 days ago.
Blake said the wound, suffered when he stepped on a spike strip in a Manhattan Beach parking lot, "missed the major tendons by a small margin" and shouldn't create lingering issues if it heals correctly.
"It's feeling pretty good," Blake said at the Lakers media day Monday. "I have to slow myself for one more week and try to get going after that.
"I can do some spot shooting now. I'm allowed to wear my shoes and put pressure on my heel so that's a good step for me. By the end of the week I think I'll be completely healed and ready to go."
Blake said he hurt himself when he "got distracted going back to my truck" while watching his kids at the beach.
"I still had to go back down to the beach," Blake said. "I just walked on my toes for a couple hours because I still had to take care of my kids. Even though I got hurt, you still have to put your family first. So I took care of them for a while and then I went to the doctor afterwards."
The initial timetable on his return was three weeks from Sept. 24, so he is on schedule or even a little ahead of schedule.
The Lakers hold their first practice on Tuesday.