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Should Blatche have been punished?

Washington Post columnist Mike Wilbon and Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski both weighed in with scathing assessments of how the Wizards handled the situation with Andray Blatche.

After Flip Saunders scolded Blatche for his insubordination during the Wizards' loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, it was assumed that Blatche would receive some form of punishment. But after meeting with Blatche and Ernie Grunfeld, Saunders decided to not only play Blatche, but start him when the Wizards played the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. What are your thoughts on the decision?



By Michael Lee  |  March 25, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
 
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Comments

If you show up the coaching staff, you don't deserve to start the next game. It's that simple.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | March 25, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

it's impressive how the wizards have managed to create a situation with so much losing yet no ability to really take sides. Clearly AB doesnt get it, and unfortunately it also appears Flip is the fraud he's shown so many glimpses of being all season.

No one to even blame, this is just the general malaise of an historically inept franchise going about its daily business!

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If you show up the coaching staff, you don't deserve to start the next game. It's that simple.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | March 25, 2010 2:49 PM

and then when you do start the next game, does the coaching staff deserve to coach?

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If you believe Flip, then Blatche should be out for 2-4 games and Andray can seriously hear coins hitting the floor because of the leak in his pocket. His good play and young age could have eventually led to a big payday. Average 24 and 9 in this league and you'll get the cheddar; even if it is for an AWFUL team. But if he did this, he'll always live down to the label "uncoachable".

If you believe Andray when he says Flip telling the team "he quit on us" was the first he heard of it and "he's not a quitter and never will be"... then Flip is SERIOUSLY doing a bad job managing this train-wreck of a team.

I think both guys severely over-estimate their ability to contribute to wins in the NBA. It's sad.

Posted by: truesense | March 25, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

No one to even blame, this is just the general malaise of an historically inept franchise going about its daily business!

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

divi3

When an organization is as bad as the Wizards are you have to look at the top and work your way down.

Considering the Wizards have been a joke for 30 years and the one common denominator has been the owner that is as far as I have to look.

Of course since the ownership hasn't a clue they hired a GM who are just as clueless.

That GM hired a clueless coach and traded, signed and drafted clueless players.

Ted take your money and run the other way as fast as you can it will take you years and a ton of money to turn this ship around.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 25, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Blatche was a victim of a robbery/carjacking. "

He was shot while in a neighborhood known to traffic in prostitution, a neighborhood nowhere near where he lived with no plausible real reason for him to be there at that time of night. Why was he there?

Wrong again! Hey, what are the odds?!!! (Rhetorical question, of course.)

But hey, other than getting all of the facts utterly and completely wrong, good job!

. . . sorry, but I’m still a clueless moron.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 24, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 25, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

BF, let it go already =)

Posted by: ts35 | March 25, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"BF, let it go already =)"

Oh no, let him continue. It's quite amusing, actually.

See, he's trying to make a big deal out of the fact that I was wrong about the Blatche shooting. Of course, there's no real shame in being wrong. Everybody makes mistakes. It's when someone else proves you're wrong and you refuse to acknowledge it and continue to act like you're not wrong that you look like a d0uche bag.

When someone posted the correct account of the shooting I immediately owned up to my mistake. Meanwhile, bulletd1ck is proven to be wrong about simple matters of fact on a daily basis (like Larry Brown following Flip Saunders as Pistons coach) yet he refuses to acknowledge any of it. His response is to run around with his hand in his pants looking for someone else to blame for his shortcomings.

So please, don't discourage him. Every time he posts it he only adds to his legend.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon's right. But if you've decided he's gotta go by trade, you may be better off showcasing him for the last few games than suspending him and making a trade harder.

Posted by: ah___ | March 25, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Slowly back away from your keyboards; it's absurd for the Wizards to consider trading Blatche. He's going to be great; may as well be here. Why has he become public enemy no. 1?

Posted by: Fief1 | March 25, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Grunfeld is the problem, players who disrespect coaches should'nt be playing!

Posted by: ramircunanan | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

at least it is a change up from..."Give Ernie a raise?" and "It's cheap Abe's fault"....Kal is still breathing and can defend himself quite adequately.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Slowly back away from your keyboards; it's absurd for the Wizards to consider trading Blatche. He's going to be great; may as well be here. Why has he become public enemy no. 1?

Posted by: Fief1 | March 25, 2010 3:48 PM

Rest assured, Blatche isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 25, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Rest assured, Blatche isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 25, 2010 3:51 PM

tend to agree, looks like he gets the run of the funhouse now that Gil is indisposed.

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Slowly back away from your keyboards; it's absurd for the Wizards to consider trading Blatche. He's going to be great; may as well be here. Why has he become public enemy no. 1?

Posted by: Fief1 | March 25, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Because we are tired of the misplaced egos and lackadaisical attitude and simply want more players with the mindset and effort of say a James Singleton?

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 25, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I think Grunfeld is the problem, players who disrespect coaches should'nt be playing!

Posted by: ramircunanan | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM

Coaches who publicly disrespect players, hold ridiculous post-game pressers and reveal their greatest disappointments shouldn't be allowed to coach.
Flip pissed down his leg Tuesday, to borrow a phrase from one of his knee-slapping rants. The pressure is getting to him.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 25, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I think anyone who insists on continued discussion of this situation should be taken out behind the Verizon Center and summarily shot.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 25, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

but then "couldnt squeeze out a drop" the next morning!

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

but then "couldnt squeeze out a drop" the next morning!

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty common problem for older gentlemen.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 25, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

but then "couldnt squeeze out a drop" the next morning!

Posted by: divi3 | March 25, 2010 4:03 PM

That explains the excruciating headache!

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Now the Ted has the team, I HOPE HE FIRES EVERYBODY IN THE ORGANIZATION!!!! AND, OF COURSE GET RID OF BLACTHE

Posted by: Lipty | March 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

at least it is a change up from..."Give Ernie a raise?" and "It's cheap Abe's fault"....Kal is still breathing and can defend himself quite adequately.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows

Well aware the Kal can defend himself, really just complaining about the part where BF has been copying and pasting that post about 6 times in every thread. And then I realized that as an upside, I now have a "BF, let it go already." that I can copy and paste in perpetuity and which covers most of his posts. =)

Posted by: ts35 | March 25, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

lol....ok, got it ts.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 25, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@The_Shadow_Knows: You may love the James Singletons of the NBA but the truth is they'll never win you anything. So enough with that. AB maybe a knuckle head but he has skills. Now if the coach can just find a way to reach him instead of publicly berating him and comparing him to KG, maybe, just maybe we'll get consistent play out of him.

Posted by: tundey | March 25, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

They just announced on 980 that Ted has finally reached an agreement to buy out the Wiz and the VC, which may have contributed to the squashing of the Flip / AB issue.

The price tag was mentioned as $550 mil.

Posted by: ts35 | March 25, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

think Grunfeld is the problem, players who disrespect coaches should'nt be playing!

Posted by: ramircunanan | March 25, 2010 3:50 PM

Coaches who publicly disrespect players, hold ridiculous post-game pressers and reveal their greatest disappointments shouldn't be allowed to coach.
Flip pissed down his leg Tuesday, to borrow a phrase from one of his knee-slapping rants. The pressure is getting to him.

Posted by: Firuz1 | March 25, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

well said.
probably Blache did noting wrong but disrespect his coache who disrespected him and failed to protect him when he was verbaly abused by kevin Garnet.I know the action will work against the development of AB and does not give a good image to thew organization but some times we have to live with the reality.

Posted by: gtefferra | March 25, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

tundey,
There is a fairly significant list of "knuckle heads with skills" who have never won anything. I think the Pistons have shown over the years that hardworking players, without marquee value, can indeed be successful in this league.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | March 25, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The argument that Dray deserves to be catigated is akin to the one that says – you know you may not have actually shot that guy but you are an ugly dude, so you must have guilty of something. Hang him. Come on, people are smarter than that. I listened to the press conference, he said Dray refused to play, it is clear that is not true and now people still want to bash him for not taking his beating in the press like a good “boy.” Absolutely hilarious.

Posted by: h20law2000 | March 25, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So h20, AB gets a total pass from you for blowing off his coach coming out of the game?

Posted by: ts35 | March 25, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wojnarowski and Wilbon cannot be considered unbiased in the Blatche incident. Of course they had to come out on the side of Flip and bring up and cite any perceived negatives on the part of Blatche.

They are being paid to do so. What a bunch of baloney. Their objectiveness and credibility on this is full of holes.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | March 25, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

"You may love the James Singletons of the NBA but the truth is they'll never win you anything. So enough with that. AB maybe a knuckle head but he has skills"

Skilled knuckleheads aren't going to win you much of anything either. The difference is, no one is counting on Singleton to win anything, at least not on his own. But he's the kind of hard-working, blue-collar, doesn't care about the spotlight guy that almost every team that does wins something needs/has one of.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wojnarowski and Wilbon cannot be considered unbiased in the Blatche incident. Of course they had to come out on the side of Flip and bring up and cite any perceived negatives on the part of Blatche.

They are being paid to do so. What a bunch of baloney. Their objectiveness and credibility on this is full of holes.

Based on what (other than the fact that they disagree with you)? They're columnists, paid to voice an opinion. There's nothing resembling any evidence to suggest that they're being paid to voice a particular opinion. If you have proof to support your slanderous claim, let's hear it.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 25, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Kalo-- I don't think you admit you're wrong as often as you think you do. I'm STILL waiting for the apology for you calling me an idiot who doesn't know anything about basketball when I suggested before the draft that Ricky Rubio might be available with the #5 pick.

Posted by: Urnesto | March 25, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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