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Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:07 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

There's a fine line between headcase and immature. Andray Blatche has been pushing those limits for a while now.

He's gotten in fights, said dumb things and played lazy basketball. But now he's calling out his coach.

After the Wizards blew a massive lead to the Nets Monday night, coach Flip Saunders commented on a few things that Blatche took personally. So Blatche volleyed back.

"I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can't keep having me pick and pop and shooting jump shots. Give me the ball in the paint," Blatche told The Washington Post. "That's what I'm most effective at. I've been saying that since training camp -- I need the ball in the paint. I don't want to be the pick and pop guy that I used to be. Because it's not working for me. I'm not saying the offense has to flow through me, but I prefer to be in the paint."

He reaffirmed those thoughts on Twitter after the game too, tweeting, "I may have had a bad game but that's cause I need the ball in the post not taking jump shots all game."

He also then tried to defend himself and his comments: "Every body need to shut up I didn't call out my coach or team mates I said I had a bad game need it n the post instead of jump shots."

Blatche's opening night output: 11 points, eight rebounds. Kris Humphries, who Blatche was primarily assigned to, had 21 and 16.

It's been one game and Blatche is already spouting off to the media. I bet Flip Saunders is thankful this season is only 66 games. 

Nick Young came to Blatche's defense, sort of, saying, "Dray's trying to be a leader this year, and sometimes he lets things get to him. You've got to let things bounce quick and get back in the game. I say he's going to learn from this game."

I think that's a nice way of saying, "I told Andray to zip it after the game."

As Michael Lee of the Washington Post ironically points out, Blatche was actually suspended for two games for complaining about having to play in the low block too much. Guy just doesn't know what he wants. 

He also doesn't realize he's wasting a heap of talent. For a time, when he was looking for a new contract, Blatche showed off his ability. The last few months of 2010 he played like an All-Star. He's a good player when it all comes together.

But sometimes that doesn't matter when it's not all clicking between the ears. I think Blatche wants to be good. He wants to win. He just doesn't know how. The Wizards are a dysfunctional mess with raw talent and immature youngsters. Flip Saunders has his hands full.

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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

when i first saw the article i thought, just another spoiled nba player. then  i thought.  there are people like that in every profession. there are a lot of nba players that work hard, keep their mouths shut and act like professionals. 



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I do not see Blatche's comments as "calling out the coach".  He did take the blame for having a bad game and he stated he felt he would have been more effective in the paint as opposed to trying for spot up jump shots.  Blatche seems better suited to play in the paint where he can work to the basket and either score or draw a foul.
Isn't a coaches job to establish an offense that fits the players or bring in players that fit the scheme?  Saunder's is smart enough to know what players are best at what and should put them in situations where they can be most effective and minimize their weaknesses.
Saunders is not using the talent appropriately, and Blatche has to monitor how he says things so they do not get taken out of context.


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Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:21 am
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Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I'm a Wiz fan and I totally agree with Blatche. He's probably the shooter on the team but hes crazy insane in the paint. You just can't defend him. I'm not a big fan of coach Sanders. There needs to bea change there. He doesn't know how to coach with a lead at all. However I don't believe in calln out your coach and I personally don't feel he did in this instance.




Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I'm a Wiz fan and I totally agree with Blatche. He's probably the shooter on the team but hes crazy insane in the paint. You just can't defend him. I'm not a big fan of coach Sanders. There needs to bea change there. He doesn't know how to coach with a lead at all. However I don't believe in calln out your coach and I personally don't feel he did in this instance.




Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I'm a Wiz fan and I totally agree with Blatche. He's probably the shooter on the team but hes crazy insane in the paint. You just can't defend him. I'm not a big fan of coach Sanders. There needs to bea change there. He doesn't know how to coach with a lead at all. However I don't believe in calln out your coach and I personally don't feel he did in this instance.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I'm a Wiz fan and I totally agree with Blatche. He's probably the shooter on the team but hes crazy insane in the paint. You just can't defend him. I'm not a big fan of coach Sanders. There needs to bea change there. He doesn't know how to coach with a lead at all. However I don't believe in calln out your coach and I personally don't feel he did in this instance.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I'm a Wiz fan and I totally agree with Blatche. He's probably the shooter on the team but hes crazy insane in the paint. You just can't defend him. I'm not a big fan of coach Sanders. There needs to bea change there. He doesn't know how to coach with a lead at all. However I don't believe in calln out your coach and I personally don't feel he did in this instance.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

EagleHorn, what strike are you referring to?



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

I dont agree he is calling out his coach, but under the previous circumstances it would probably be better to not say anything. I believe he will be traded.


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