Tag:Andray Blatche
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:22 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 9:27 pm

Wizards F Andray Blatche (calf) out 3-5 weeks

Andray Blatche will reportedly be sidelined 3-5 weeks with a calf injury. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

It's not every day that a team's second-highest paid player goes down with an injury for 3-5 weeks and everyone wished that the doctor had said "months" instead of "weeks." But Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche is not your garden variety second-highest paid player.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced that Blatche, who had dealt with a shoulder injury this season, now has a calf strain that will sideline him for an extended period of time, according to the Associated Press.
Wizards forward Andray Blatche will be out three to five weeks because of a strained left calf. Washington coach Randy Wittman made the announcement before Monday night's game against Chicago. Blatche was injured in Saturday's win in Charlotte. After an MRI exam, he was advised to stay off his feet.
The Washington Post reports additional details.
Tightness in Blatche’s calf kept him out of most of Saturday’s 102-99 victory over Charlotte, and subsequent evaluation and MRI revealed the injury. Blatche played eight minutes against the Bobcats, scoring four points before the muscle tightened and forced him to the bench with his calf wrapped.

Blatche is the Wizards’ second-leading rebounder and is averaging 10.3 points per game. Wittman said there “there is a lot of bleeding in there, which leads to inflammation” in the calf. Blatche stayed home from Verizon Center, with doctors advising him to rest and take pressure off the leg.
This seems like bad news for a team that lacks both talent and depth, entering Monday night's play with a record of 4-16. On the contrary, this news really couldn't be better for the Wizards. Their message now should be: just stay home. 

Eliminating Blatche's toxicity from the equation is a must if Wall is ever to fully blossom. Blatche has put his name on a "Lapdance Tuesdays" strip club promotion, he's called out Wizards fans, he's punched teammate JaVale McGee on Christmas Eve, he's admitted to being out of shape, he's publicly beefed with former coach Flip Saunders, he gets booed by the home crowd on a regular basis and his player efficiency rating is a pathetic 11.57, placing him 60th (!) among power forwards, thanks in part to his disastrous 38.0 percent field goal shooting. That is the definition of "all bad."

If the Wizards are prepared to salvage the John Wall Era, and they should be after firing Saunders, the gameplan should be to buy out Rashard Lewis from the last year of his contract as soon as legally possible and waive Blatche using the amnesty clause. Their payroll would bottom out and allow them to re-sign any of this year's players who are heading for free agency (Ronny Turiaf, Nick Young, McGee, etc.) that they deem worthy while also allowing for multiple external free agent signings.

No one is going to trade for Blatche, given that he's on the books with guaranteed money through 2014-2015 and his reputation is well-known. Waiving him via amnesty will be an expensive pill to swallow but it's well past time for the rest of the Wizards to move on with their lives.

Sticking with Blatche in hopes that he finally gets a clue and realizes his potential is so much less important than ensuring Wall has the right environment to reach his.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Blatche calls out coach after Wizards loss

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.

Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:22 pm

Wizards owner cracks down on Lapdance Tuesdays

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis does not support lapdance Tuesdays. Posted by Ben Golliver. blatche-sign

A few weeks back, Yahoo! Sports noted that Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche was hosting "Lapdance Tuesdays" at a Miami Beach club. Yes, seriously. He was even street-teaming the event on Twitter.

Blatche, of course, is the knucklehead forward who once was busted for soliciting a prostitute, got into a fight with center JaVale McGee on Christmas Eve and recently took to the radio to blast Wizards fans during another pathetic season. 

The Wizards, meanwhile, are in the process of a wholesale reputation re-alignment under new owner Ted Leonsis. The team drafted John Wall, dumped Gilbert Arenas in trade and recently unveiled new uniforms, all in the name of a fresh start and improving fan relations.

Clearly, then, Lapdance Tuesday wasn't something Leonsis could let slide by without a comment. 

And, by the standards governing owner on player rebukes, he let Blatche have it. In comments made to 106.7 The Fan and transcribed by BulletsForever.com, Leonsis took a hard line.
"The Wizards being associated with that is unacceptable. We made sure we got that taken down. We're not happy with that, and neither is he. The way those things tend to happen are not well understood. Sometimes celebrities get an appearance fee, and someone goes and markets them. Andray is a very gifted player, and we know this is a very important summer for him. He needs to come back and be in unbelievable shape with unbelievable determination, because he needs to prove he's a really, really good player and that he can win. He gets it. The proof will be in the pudding, but he understands it."
That was an excellent statement by Leonsis -- pitch perfect -- right up until the words "He gets it." There's absolutely no way Blatche gets it. He was just hoping to make a little extra money and not get caught.

Even if Leonsis sees Blatche for what he is -- and the guess is he probably does -- his hands are tied as Blatche was signed to a lengthy extension that keeps him a Wizard until 2014-2015. So, for the sake of salvaging Blatche's nonexistent trade value, Leonsis has no choice but to continue pretending that Blatche gets it.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 4:54 pm

Andray Blatche blasts Wizards fans

Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche blasts off on Wizards fans. Posted by Ben Golliver. andray-blatche

Somebody call Kanye West: We've got a blame game going on in the nation's capital. 

First, Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders publicly called out forward Andray Blatche after the Wizards lost to the New York Knicks on Monday night. Saunders was quoted by CSNWashington.com as saying, "He was terrible, he was bad.  He was bad.  He didn't look like he had energy or something. He didn't have it.  When you're a quote-unquote go-to guy you can't have those kind of games.  You gotta get some energy and find a way to produce."

OK, the in-over-his-head coach of a team that just lost its 21st consecutive road game of the season blames his knucklehead go-to player. Not really the most productive course of action, but it's at least somewhat sensical, as Blatche went 2-10 in 28 minutes to finish with six points and five rebounds.

On Tuesday, however, SBNation DC quotes from a 106.7 FM rant that Blatche handled the pressure about as poorly as you could imagine, making three excuses for his poor play in one sentence -- he's ill, he has a shoulder injury and he has a knee injury -- before going on to say that he wasn't going to make any excuses. From there, the inane turned into the regrettable, as Blatche blasted off on Wizards fans, who he believes are disloyal, citing former teammates Gilbert Arenas as a trusted reference.
That caused him to share a conversation he had with Gilbert Arenas, in which the mercurial, divisive outgoing star told him 'You're next.'
"We had a discussion, and this is what he said to me. 'Just as fast as they turned on me, it's going to happen to you.' I took it as a joke, but I actually see what he's talking about. Everybody is looking for someone to blame, and I feel like I'm turning into that person just like Gil."

"If you're a Wizards fan, that means you cheer for everybody. That doesn't mean you'll come to a game and you shout 'Trade him!' If you're part of a Wizards organization fan group, that means you cheer for the team."
Blatche's understanding of the basketball fan is both completely wrong and condescending, as he apparently believes the general basketball-viewing public is made up of money-spending robots that should not concern themselves with matters of performance. And let's not forget character or civil decency, as Blatche put a black mark on his entire organization by fighting with teammate JaVale McGee at a nightclub on Christmas Eve and long-ago attempted a tryst with a lady of the night.

If Wizards fans weren't already shouting "Trade him!" they should be now. That is, if only anyone in the league would touch him. Blatche is unintentionally wise to compare himself with Arenas: he's another player standing in the way of John Wall's greatness who will wind up being very, very difficult to dump. 

As for Saunders, he's probably frustrated and at his wit's end, but he clearly applied more pressure than Blatche was capable of bearing. Throwing a player to the media wolves will only delay the inevitable for Saunders, who will surely take plenty of Heat himself before season's end.

The entire scene makes you feel bad for Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, as media-savvy and fan-friendly as NBA owners get. If I'm Leonsis, I'm looking at both Saunders and Blatche this week thinking, "Man, I can definitely do better than this."
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:11 pm

Arenas did Nick Young another favor - got traded

Posted by Royce Young

During the preseason, a bearded Gilbert Arenas famously faked an injury so then teammate Nick Young could get a start for the Wizards and show off some of his talent.

And Young did. He dropped 24 and hit seven shots from 3. It was a chivalrous move by Arenas and something he took a lot of Heat for, but something I'm sure Young greatly appreciated.

But Arenas did Young an even bigger favor. He got traded to Orlando.

Young is now firmly in Washington's starting five and he's making the most of it. Tuesday against the Kings, Young scored a career-high 43, including 18 in the third quarter. After his explosion against Sacramento last night in which took a bow at the buzzer, Arenas sent his buddy a text. It said, "You learned from the master."

Young said the Arenas trade hit him pretty hard because over the past few years, the two had formed a pretty solid bond. They had become friends and Young looked up to Arenas in more ways than one. Not only was Arenas faking injuries for Young, but when they were in the game at the same time, Arenas would call plays for Young.

"He kind of took me in," Young said after Arenas was traded. "He's like a brother to me." 

The first game after Arenas was traded, Young and the Wizards hosted the Heat. Young dropped a then career-high 30 points and held Dwyane Wade to just 7-19 shooting. While Young was upset because his best friend on the team was gone, he was finally getting a real chance to show what he could do. And this time, not in a preseason game that nobody was watching.

On the season, Young's averaging 15.9 points per game and is hitting 41 percent from 3.

But since he's been starting, he averaged 18.3 ppg in December and so far in five games for January, he's putting up 22.2 points a night. He's gone from decent bench player to potential a building block for the Wizards.

Young fits in really well with John Wall in the backcourt as a good spot-up shooter and someone athletic enough to attack the rim off the dribble. Young has good size (6-7) and can really play three positions. If these past few weeks aren't just a hot streak or a fluke, Washington could be looking at a pretty good future backcourt between Wall and Young.

Thing is though, we've seen this type of thing happen in Washington before. After Antwan Jamison was traded last season to Cleveland, Andray Blatche finally got a chance to start full-time. He made the most of the opportunity, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds over the last three months of the season. But because of a foot injury and potentially a sub-par work ethic, Blatche has been disappointing this season.

Will that same fate hit Young? Hopefully not. Like I said, he's got the tools to be a legit starting 2-guard in this league. And right now, he's got the confidence. Two very important things for a young player trying to find his way.

The Wizards need a scorer badly to supplement Wall. Just like Derrick Rose in Chicago, while Wall is a nice scoring point guard, he's there to create and distribute for teammates. He can't do it all alone. So with Young, plus Blatche (when he's actually in shape and focused) and JaVale McGee who's an athletic freak, the Wizards have a nice little core to build around. Most didn't see Young as part of that but because of Arenas' departure, the door has been opened. And just like the preseason game, all Arenas had to do was give Young a chance.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:05 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 8:08 am

Shootaround 1.4.11: Confident Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins pretty much guarantees a Boston Celtics title, Michael Jordan visits David Letterman almost 20 years ago, Kevin Love sets some more rebounding records, Allen Iverson has his paper straight and Delonte West will remain on the shelf for longer than he had hoped. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • Celtics center Kendrick Perkins tells Yahoo! Sports that Boston would have beaten the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals had he not injured his knee. He also says no one can touch the Celtics in a series this year. “In seven games I don’t think we can be beat by any team,” he said. “Too deep. Too much experience. Too many hard-working guys. Too many guys that have a chip on their shoulder.”
  • Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, who was involved in a nightclub fight with teammate JaVale McGee in December that led to some talk of him being traded, admitted to the Washington Post that the rumors are affecting his play. "That bothers me some," Blatche said. "But that's the name of the game. I just gotta keep trucking along with it."
  • Boston Celtics guard Delonte West was super ambitious in his hope to return to the court quickly after injuring his wrist earlier this season, but Celtics President Danny Ainge says West's return isn't expected until near the All-Star break in February, according to ESPNBoston.com.
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus with an interesting note: "History suggests that the best teams should have already separated themselves from the pack. Over the six seasons since the NBA realigned for the 2004-05 campaign, 83.3 percent of the teams that led their division as of New Year's Day have gone on to win at least a share of the division title. Via Basketball-Reference.com, all six eventual division champions were on top on Jan. 1, 2010." 
Posted on: January 3, 2011 9:29 am

Shootaround: 1.3.11: A cake for a king

Posted by Royce Young
  • Can the Spurs win 70? Don't ask Gregg Popovich: “No,” Popovich told a member of the visiting media when asked if the milestone has crossed his mind. “Are you still drunk from (New Year's Eve)? Now if we lose three in a row you're going to say, ‘Is it time to panic, do you think?' ... Come on.”
  • Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: "Fate can have a crazy, cruel side. When in a nasty mood, it sends wicked twists. Caron Butler won't let karma break him, even though his knee buckled in front of his family, friends and a couple of hundred kids he bought tickets for at the Bradley Center on Saturday night. Don't weep for Butler. He wouldn't want it that way. Yes, he's gone, probably for a significant portion of the season, maybe all of it. And he becomes a free agent on July 1. The timing of this injury was horrible for the Mavericks and disastrous for Butler and his family. He was on his way to a nice season and would have been an in-demand free agent. Now? Who knows?"
  • However, the Wizards are defending better. Michael Lee of The Washington Post: "The Wizards weren't necessarily looking to turn around the season when they dealt away the former face of the franchise, Gilbert Arenas, to Orlando for Rashard Lewis on Dec. 18; the primary goal was to better clear the slate in order to rebuild around John Wall. So while the team's 2-6 record since making the trade is still unsettling, the dramatic changes on the defensive end have been startling. In the past eight games, the Wizards (8-24) have allowed just one opponent to reach triple digits after their foes scored at least 100 points in 16 of the first 24 games. The Wizards are surrendering just 91 points per game since the trade, compared with giving up 105.8 before."
Posted on: January 2, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: The Cavs have asked about Andray Blatche

Posted by Royce Young

After reportedly becoming available recently, one team already inquiring about Andray Blatche is the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the News Herald.

No telling what Cleveland could be offering back, but I'd assume it would be expiring contracts (Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker?) and some picks. Nothing of major value I'd guess.

But why go after Blatche if you're Cleveland? What exactly does he give your franchise in the process of recovering from post-LeBron syndrome? Blatche is a potentially talented power forward with an inside-outside game, but he's also a character issue and someone I'm not sure the Cavs want to try and build around long term. Cleveland is looking to start over with its roster and to make that first building block Andray Blatche isn't the wisest move.

Then again, the Cavs are desperate for talent. They've lost 16 of 17 and have slipped into the "worst team in the league" discussion. There's just not much on the roster to be remotely excited about. Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao and Antwan Jamison are quality players, but they aren't good enough to make up for a seriously awful bench.

If Cleveland did acquire Blatche it would probably suggest that Varejao would be moved in the future for a high pick and or young asset. Varejao has been rumored to be on the block for a while and having a guy like Blatche would make Varejao available to be moved. Especially with J.J. Hickson on the roster. No way Cleveland could keep all three.

But this is just an inquiry. GM Chris Grant probably just picked up the phone, called Ernie Grunfeld and said, "So Blatche is available huh? You take Anthony Parker and a second rounder for him?"

It's hard to blame the Cavs who are desperate for answers right now to at least ask about a basketball player with talent. Honestly, it might just be a little PR ploy to show fans that they're still trying. Who knows. But Blatche wouldn't fix anything in Cleveland, unless he straightened up. It'd likely just make things worse.
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