Andray Blatche, waiting to hear his name
Neither Andray Blatche nor Flip Saunders is looking particularly noble in their back-and-forth, but Blatche at least got some vindication when he earned the start Wednesday night. As it became clear he was going to come out all right, he continued to pound home his version of events. Here's from Michael Lee's blog:
Blatche said he fully expected to get back into the game. "I had the heat pack on my leg. Shoes was tied up, everything was laced. I was waiting to hear my name, but my name wasn't called."
Look, Blatche has made a convincing case for his side of the argument, here and elsewhere. But man, this photo from Truth About It's epic recap of the incident doesn't particularly indicate a player laced up, ready to go, waiting only to hear his name.
Maybe at some point both fellas could admit they got a bit overheated and probably could have acted better.
(Mike Wilbon, by the way, doesn't share this "both sides were at fault" point of view. Here's what he wrote about Blatche:
He's exactly what a rebuilding franchise doesn't need, which is to say a knucklehead who thinks putting up big but meaningless numbers for a bad team makes him Wilt Chamberlain.....I used to think Wizards players exaggerated when they said Blatche was the laziest player they'd ever seen, one of the most uncoachable as well. But their criticisms weren't hyperbole.
So I guess he doesn't think Blatche should wait for an apology.)
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