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Training camp concerns Part II: What will Andray Blatche do for an encore?


I'm sorry, Darius. Were you trying to guard me? (Getty Images)


It took Andray Blatche five years to become an overnight sensation. Despite being 6-feet-11 with considerable athleticism and a unique skill set, Blatche was little more than a tease in his first few seasons in Washington. But the final 32 games of last season were an affirmation of the potential that Blatche's teammates and coaches privately said he always possessed.

Blatche made a number of changes before last season, but remained inconsistent through the first few months. But after the Wizards gutted the roster and shipped out Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood before the trade deadline, Blatche went on to average 22.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting, with 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals and left opposing players and coaches praising his abilities along the way.

The 24-year-old Blatche had 12 double-doubles and scored in double figures in all but one game -- when he got into a spat with Coach Flip Saunders and was benched the final three quarters of a loss to Indiana after refusing to talk his coach in order to re-enter the game. That incident led to more questions about Blatche's maturity, while this summer led to more questions about his reliability. An offseason in which he was expected to build on his incredible finish was stalled when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last June.

The injury was a setback for Blatche, who made improving his physique his primary focus and still was able to maintain his weight despite limited mobility. He just wasn't able to work on improving and expanding his game.

After having his protective boot removed nearly three weeks ago, Blatche started running last week and hopes to be ready in time for training camp -- although the Wizards don't want to rush him. Saunders will likely encourage Blatche to take his time, so that Blatche can be healthy when it really counts.

Blatche had some stellar performances, such as the night he carried to the Wizards, practically by himself, to a win in New Jersey and the two times he gave the business to Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics. But the Wizards went just 9-23 with Blatche as the focal point of the offense, leading some to discredit his production as the usual empty-calorie, stat-padding on a bad team.

Blatche disputed that notion, claiming that it was harder for him to score when teams game-planned to shut him down with double-teams and other schemes. But Blatche should also feel encouraged by something else: When surrounded by better talent, his production helped lead to wins. With Josh Howard in the lineup before tearing his ACL, Blatche averaged 25 points and 10.3 rebounds -- and the Wizards went 3-1, with two of those victories against playoff teams in Denver and Chicago.

Blatche will be surrounded by better talent in John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Howard -- if Howard can come back healthy -- so he will have a chance to do his damage with less attention focused on him. Of course, his numbers will likely go down with more scorers on the floor, but Blatche also has the potential to be more efficient. Blatche will also have two physical rookies in Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker to scrimmage against in practice, which the Wizards hope will lead to more aggression and tenacity.

Recent addition Yi Jianlian proved this summer in Turkey that he was certainly worth taking a flier on, but Blatche is still the best inside scorer for the Wizards. In the past, Blatche has come up short when the Wizards placed high expectations on him. But for the first time, Blatche not only has the opportunity to succeed but he also has the confidence that he can get it done. Now, it's a matter of whether or not he can do it again.

By Michael Lee  | September 15, 2010; 12:47 PM ET
Categories:  Andray Blatche, Training camp concerns 2010-11  
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Comments

Blatche will do well this year. The bigger concern is his ability to remain motivated after signing an extension.

Posted by: djnnnou | September 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't have the problem with Mike Lee that many on this board seem to have, but this post has a glaring omission.

How can you write an article about Blatche and not talk more about the single biggest question about him this coming season (the broken bone in his foot)? All of us who follow the NBA know that the history of NBA big men with broken bones in their feet does not tell an encouraging story.

Perhaps an article has been written that really discusses the injury, rehab, etc in depth, but I still think this article should at least mention it. Is this the same kind of injury that others have suffered? Was this injury less likely to recur? Equally likely? What is he being told? etc.

Posted by: psdfx | September 15, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Fractures of the fifth metatarsal are unique in that they commonly occur associated with sporting activities. There is one type of fracture in particular, called the Jones fracture, which is a difficult fracture to get to heal. Because of problems with blood supply to the bone where the fracture occurs, these fractures are difficult to heal and often surgery is required.

If surgery is not performed, then a boot or cast is used. It can take eight to ten weeks for this fracture to heal and it is not always predictable whether or not full healing will occur. If a cast or boot is used, no walking on the foot is permitted for about 6 weeks. The results of bone healing are unpredictable. Studies have shown about 70% heal with cast treatment.

On the other hand, surgery for the Jones fracture has about a 95% success rate. Therefore, surgery is preferable for most Jones fractures. In this treatment, a tiny puncture is made in the skin on the outside of the foot and a screw is inserted. An x-ray monitor is used to help position the screw. The screw helps speed up the healing process. Healing occurs quite rapidly and walking on the foot (with a removable boot) is permitted within a few days after surgery. Typically, bike exercise can be commenced at about four weeks. Patients may return to running approximately six weeks after this type of surgery."

Posted by: divi3 | September 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What will Blatche do for an encore?

He will become the best young power forward in the NBA, that's what!

With more weapons on the team this year, his scoring might decrease from that of his 32-game binge, but I expect his rebounds, assists and blocks to go up.

He IS the crown jewel of Ernest Grunfeld's tenure with the Wizards and he will soon be accompanied by other gems recently unearthed by Ernest: Wall, Seraphin and Booker.

Wear sunglasses as you enter Verizon Center this season or the sparkle and brightness of the Wizards' precious stones will blind you!

In Grunfeld We Trust!!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | September 15, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

If his foot heals properly, it's reasonable to expect that AB will be able to produce the way he did last year. The numbers will likely be a bit different, maybe lower, maybe more efficient. But in terms of the types of things he was able to do for the team, he should still be able to do produce.

If his foot continues to give him problems, it could be a long year, as there is no real depth of big men behind (and beside) him.

Posted by: ts35 | September 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think ernie would be on here bragging about his picks

Posted by: vw52 | September 15, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Wizards got the selected as the 2nd best offseason in the East.

2. Washington Wizards
Key additions: John Wall (draft), Kirk Hinrich (trade), Josh Howard (re-signed), Yi Jianlian (trade), Kevin Seraphin (draft), Trevor Booker (draft), Ted Leonsis (owner)

Key subtractions: Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Shaun Livingston

While the Cavs, Bobcats and Raptors had the most painful summers, no one had a tougher regular season than the Wizards did last year. The Gilbert Arenas suspension, the death of longtime owner Abe Pollin and the dismantling of a team that many thought would be a contender all happened in the span of a few months.

But the Wizards are on the rebound, making significant strides over the summer to improve the team. Wall, the first pick in the 2010 NBA draft, has a chance to be a superstar. He's one of the quickest players with the ball I've ever seen. Meanwhile, Yi showed promise at the FIBA World Championship. If he goes inside more, like he did in the worlds, he could be a steal.

The Hinrich trade was a steal. Not only should he provide some veteran leadership in the backcourt, but the Wizards picked up an intriguing first-round talent in Kevin Seraphin as a result of the trade. And don't forget about the return of Arenas. He's healthy, humbled and vowing to take it out on opponents.

But the biggest strides may be taking place in the boardroom. Leonsis has a rep as an innovative owner who knows how to rebuild. If he can take the lesson he learned with the Capitals and apply it to the Wizards, they could finally be contenders again in a few years.

Grade: A

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 15, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

After the team cleaned house, Blache played very well. The only concern I have is, now that he won't be the # 1 option like he was when he was scoring like mad, what will his game be like, will he remain focused and motivated.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | September 15, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Blatche has all the tools. One aspect of his game that isn't discussed that much is that he is an excellent passer. Anyway, if he puts it all together, and if Gil can stay healthy, Wiz might surprise some teams and, dare I say it, get in the 35-40 win range.

Posted by: thebone | September 15, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

remember that game where blatche basically pouted for a week when i think it was cartier martin took away his rebound for a triple double? i really worry about this teams maturity. the wiz's leaders are wall, arenas, blatche, josh howard, nick young. great in a rucker/goodman/attack sports pick-up game. not sure in an 82 game season against wade, bryant, garnett/ray allens

Posted by: ryjufox3 | September 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Blatche will do well this year. The bigger concern is his ability to remain motivated after signing an extension."

Yeah, exactly.

That and just staying healthy.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse


his fundamentals are awful - he's one of those guys who should have played a few years of high level college ball - Billy Donavan would have done wonders with him.

he doesn't rebound all that well especially on the offensive board and its not like he's in the top 10 in his position....

makes a lot of mistakes on the floor and hardly ever beats the guy who is playing against him.

I just don't see the fascination with the guy and think we ought to move on..he'd be a great role player in the latter part of a big man rotation, but he's nothing to build a team around...

Posted by: outrbnksm | September 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

IF Dray can keep his head screwed on straight on a 24/7 basis, I mean really make that a part of his life, he can not only be a star in this league, but a fine human being who can be a great service to the community, as well. It's all up to him. I really enjoyed watching him play last spring, and I hope he can pull it off.

Posted by: clfrdj | September 15, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

When did he sign an extension?? Why would he have signed an extension? Did I miss something? And if he hasn't signed one, whats makes anybody think he is going too?

What is his benifit to signing an extension?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | September 15, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"I don't have the problem with Mike Lee that many on this board seem to have, but this post has a glaring omission.

How can you write an article about Blatche and not talk more about the single biggest question about him this coming season (the broken bone in his foot)? All of us who follow the NBA know that the history of NBA big men with broken bones in their feet does not tell an encouraging story.

Perhaps an article has been written that really discusses the injury, rehab, etc in depth, but I still think this article should at least mention it. Is this the same kind of injury that others have suffered? Was this injury less likely to recur? Equally likely? What is he being told? etc..."


Funny...my reading comprehension allowed me to come up with the conclusion that he indeed did discuss his foot injury. Perhaps, if you want an in depth analysis on his type of injury, you should go research somewhere on the internet. This is still a sports blog not WebMD.com. He mentioned the injury, how it could be a setback, and where he currently is in the rehab process as well as how he might likely be handled in the near future. So, give us and Michael Lee a break with your nonsense.

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 15, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Re Divi3: I doubt the fracture was a Jones fracture. For athletes with a Jones fracture, surgery is almost always required and recovery is much quicker than the timeline for Blatche. Having broken the 5th metatarsal on both left and right feet, with standard recovery, I belive that this is about a 12-15 week healing process, combined with a slow buildback to cardio condition over about 4-6 weeks. Thus the boot until 3 weeks ago and absence of reference to screws wuld lead me to believe that tis was the more standard sort of fracture. Following removal of the boot, in my case(s) there were no issues whatsover, but the recovery does take some time and conditioning will be a factor, even if he was working in a pool. Running full bore is a different issue than working with reduced gravity in water and I think this will be the biggest issue in Dray's recovery.

Posted by: DCINCHI1 | September 15, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Dray watched his weight and continued to work out while he was in the boot, including the bike and elliptical trainer, so he's probably in pretty decent shape cardio-wise. That said, it'll probably take a while to get back his lateral mobility and explosiveness. I think he'll click with this new lineup, though. Look at how well McGee and Nick Young played with Wall feeding them. I'm more concerned about how Blatche, Wall, McGee and Howard or Thornton will mesh with Gil.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | September 15, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

"Running full bore is a different issue than working with reduced gravity in water and I think this will be the biggest issue in Dray's recovery.Posted by: DCINCHI1"

Perhaps they could fence the court and fill it with about 4' of water...

Posted by: Samson151 | September 15, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

great article...i think blatche is a promising talent but what definitely concerns me is his attitude. i found another good post about him too - more fantasy perspective tho...http://3gotgame.com/vw/archives/30

Posted by: benkim97 | September 16, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: outrbnksm | September 15, 2010 5:40 PM |

"his fundamentals are awful - he's one of those guys who should have played a few years of high level college ball - Billy Donavan would have done wonders with him.

he doesn't rebound all that well especially on the offensive board and its not like he's in the top 10 in his position....

makes a lot of mistakes on the floor and hardly ever beats the guy who is playing against him.

I just don't see the fascination with the guy and think we ought to move on..he'd be a great role player in the latter part of a big man rotation, but he's nothing to build a team around..."
_________________________________________

Well I hear Reggie Evans might be available in a trade?

Posted by: Dat2U | September 16, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

"his fundamentals are awful - he's one of those guys who should have played a few years of high level college ball - Billy Donavan would have done wonders with him.

he doesn't rebound all that well especially on the offensive board and its not like he's in the top 10 in his position....

makes a lot of mistakes on the floor and hardly ever beats the guy who is playing against him.

I just don't see the fascination with the guy and think we ought to move on..he'd be a great role player in the latter part of a big man rotation, but he's nothing to build a team around..." WOW! Now thats some serious BLIND FURY hate right there!!!!! m>o>r>o>n

Posted by: Mikereese23 | September 16, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

I am not concerned that Blatche will be less a player because of Wall and Arenas, as his scoring goes down. His inconsistency was probably related to not starting. Dre can play with or without the ball. He has shown that in the past, moreso than Arenas.

Posted by: G-Man11 | September 16, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Blatche has all the physical tools to be a 2nd or 3rd team ALL NBA. What he lacks is maturity. Hopefully he will excel in that department also.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | September 16, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

What a lot of you doubters out there are failing to realize is what's truly most impressive about Blatches' maturity: THE MAN GOT SHOT IN THE CHEST 4 years ago. And look at him now at age 24. If he can overcome that I'm sure he'll get over the broken foot. It's incredible how far he's come. NEVER EVER EVER SAY BLATCHE = underachiever or any the posts about his game I read up until this point. He's a more accomplished bball player than honestly PF's I can think of in the east.

Posted by: dochs1 | September 16, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I see Blatche as an outstanding big forward, with McGee at center. This will give us one of the best "Twin Towers" things going since the days of Sampson and Olajuwon at Houston. These two guys (especially McGee) can get their hands up higher than just about anybody else in the NBA, and they're both quicker than anyone else their size (and they both have nice soft-touch shots, too).

With Howard, Arenas and Wall, I think we look like a starting team that will give everyone fits all year long, if they can just stay healthy.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | September 16, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Andray Blatche reminds me of Elvin Hayes more than anyone has in many years. Someone with sophisticated video processing equipment should superimpose a Blatche turnaround shot over an old film of Hayes' similar move, to see how close they really are.

Howard reminds me a little bit of Bobby Dandridge. McGee, on the other hand, looks like nobody I've ever seen before, sort of a cross between Manute Bol with his gangly arms and Michael Jordan with his leaping and gliding. What that guy needs is playing time up the wazoo, because all he lacks to become a superstar is minutes.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | September 16, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I made threads on other Wiz websites saying that people dont talk about Dray's injury enough. It seems like everyone in the Orginization was talking about how good Dray looked & how hard he was working in the Summer. I honestly had no doubt in my mind that as the season went underway, one of the big stories around the league wouldve been about how alot of PF's got big money in the Offseason but the most talented one of them all only makes 3mil a year in Dray.

NY is so hyped over the Amare signing but we play them like 4 times this year and I couldve seen Dray just abusing him on every level and outplaying him in atleast 3 of the 4 games. Now its like he can still do very well but it wont ever be like it couldve been. Most think that since he shouldnt miss time then its not a big deal but thats like 3 months he went without running at all. He went the whole Summer without getting to expand his game one bit. It sucks so bad.

The good thing is that I heard him talk early on and he seemed confident that his weight is the main thing & that basketball will come back quickly but IDK. I thought we were definitely a playoff team with that version of Dray but without that version, we could go either way. Then we resigned Howard and I said we are definitely a playoff team again. Still, a healthy Gil, Wall, & a non injuried Dray wouldve been so money.

Dray was even lifting weights like everyone wanted. I said the whole time that he will be unstoppable with Wall pushing the rock & guys like Gil getting doubled. I also thought he would rebound the ball way better since he's in better shape & dont have to worry about carrying the team. Now those things change. Dont get it twisted, he's still mad talented so he's going to produce no matter what but it just wont be what it couldve been.

Imagine him for the last 3 months doing nothing but dieting, lifting weights, working on new moves, and being mad confident. I would put him up against Amare & Bosh any day if that were the case. Now he's going to be trying to catchup. Oh well. Lets just hope that he's atleast fully healthy and doesnt reinjure himself.

The vid looks great though as he had mad quickness since he was in shape & lost weight. Hopefully he can get that back in this short amount of time. If not then maybe by midseason, he can start to hit his stride

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 16, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Foot injuries and big men. Scary thing is they can linger and take a long time to heal, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts to get the treatment right.

And that's not just the Wizards medical staff we're talking about. Big Z in Cleveland, & Shaq in Miami, struggled for several years with foot issues. Bill Walton lost the better part of his career to stress fractures.

If Blatche does go down then I quess we get to see in a hurry if some of Ernie's other off season move shake out. Right now it would appear that Yi would get the lions share of the minutes. Yi's got to show he can work on the boards in the NBA like he dd at the Worlds,if he does he'll be a valuable rotation guy even if Blatche is healthy.

But since the Wiz really need defensive rebounding out of the 4 & 5 positions don't count out Booker and Seraphin. Booker maybe undersized as a 4, but that guy worked his butt off down low in college.

Seraphin is the big question mark. He seems to have an NBA body, but just how green is the guy. There's been some surprising players come out of that French League the last few years that have been more NBA ready then expected. Let's hope that Seraphin's the next one...

Posted by: flohrtv | September 16, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

it is a shame that an offseason where AB finally dedicated himself to getting better physically ends in injury....but i'm pretty sure he'll shake the rust off quickly and be back in form fairly early in the season. He's one of those guys they say the game is easy for, hopefully the addition of Wall and Arenas will make it even easier.

Posted by: divi3 | September 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Foot injuries and big men. Scary thing is they can linger and take a long time to heal, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts to get the treatment right.

And that's not just the Wizards medical staff we're talking about. Big Z in Cleveland, & Shaq in Miami, struggled for several years with foot issues. Bill Walton lost the better part of his career to stress fractures.

If Blatche does go down then I quess we get to see in a hurry if some of Ernie's other off season move shake out. Right now it would appear that Yi would get the lions share of the minutes. Yi's got to show he can work on the boards in the NBA like he dd at the Worlds,if he does he'll be a valuable rotation guy even if Blatche is healthy.

But since the Wiz really need defensive rebounding out of the 4 & 5 positions don't count out Booker and Seraphin. Booker maybe undersized as a 4, but that guy worked his butt off down low in college.

Seraphin is the big question mark. He seems to have an NBA body, but just how green is the guy. There's been some surprising players come out of that French League the last few years that have been more NBA ready then expected. Let's hope that Seraphin's the next one...

Posted by: flohrtv | September 16, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Foot injuries and big men. Scary thing is they can linger and take a long time to heal, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts to get the treatment right.

And that's not just the Wizards medical staff we're talking about. Big Z in Cleveland, & Shaq in Miami, struggled for several years with foot issues. Bill Walton lost the better part of his career to stress fractures.

If Blatche does go down then I quess we get to see in a hurry if some of Ernie's other off season move shake out. Right now it would appear that Yi would get the lions share of the minutes. Yi's got to show he can work on the boards in the NBA like he dd at the Worlds,if he does he'll be a valuable rotation guy even if Blatche is healthy.

But since the Wiz really need defensive rebounding out of the 4 & 5 positions don't count out Booker and Seraphin. Booker maybe undersized as a 4, but that guy worked his butt off down low in college.

Seraphin is the big question mark. He seems to have an NBA body, but just how green is the guy. There's been some surprising players come out of that French League the last few years that have been more NBA ready then expected. Let's hope that Seraphin's the next one...

Posted by: flohrtv | September 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Some Wiz guys scrimmaging wit eachother. Seraphin has a beast looking body. I could see him being another Nene except Nene has the better O and he has the better D. Gil standing on the sidelines with the big beard & red shorts. I love the Hinrich signing but if NY proves to be the better player then I think he should get a real chance to be the 3rd guard over Kirk

http://www.nba.com/wizards/video/originals/

Posted by: dlts2041 | September 16, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Foot injuries and big men. Scary thing is they can linger and take a long time to heal, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts to get the treatment right.

And that's not just the Wizards medical staff we're talking about. Big Z in Cleveland, & Shaq in Miami, struggled for several years with foot issues. Bill Walton lost the better part of his career to stress fractures.

If Blatche does go down then I quess we get to see in a hurry if some of Ernie's other off season move shake out. Right now it would appear that Yi would get the lions share of the minutes. Yi's got to show he can work on the boards in the NBA like he dd at the Worlds,if he does he'll be a valuable rotation guy even if Blatche is healthy.

But since the Wiz really need defensive rebounding out of the 4 & 5 positions don't count out Booker and Seraphin. Booker maybe undersized as a 4, but that guy worked his butt off down low in college.

Seraphin is the big question mark. He seems to have an NBA body, but just how green is the guy. There's been some surprising players come out of that French League the last few years that have been more NBA ready then expected. Let's hope that Seraphin's the next one...

Posted by: flohrtv | September 16, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Foot injuries and big men. Scary thing is they can linger and take a long time to heal, and sometimes it takes a couple attempts to get the treatment right.

And that's not just the Wizards medical staff we're talking about. Big Z in Cleveland, & Shaq in Miami, struggled for several years with foot issues. Bill Walton lost the better part of his career to stress fractures.

If Blatche does go down then I quess we get to see in a hurry if some of Ernie's other off season move shake out. Right now it would appear that Yi would get the lions share of the minutes. Yi's got to show he can work on the boards in the NBA like he dd at the Worlds,if he does he'll be a valuable rotation guy even if Blatche is healthy.

But since the Wiz really need defensive rebounding out of the 4 & 5 positions don't count out Booker and Seraphin. Booker maybe undersized as a 4, but that guy worked his butt off down low in college.

Seraphin is the big question mark. He seems to have an NBA body, but just how green is the guy. There's been some surprising players come out of that French League the last few years that have been more NBA ready then expected. Let's hope that Seraphin's the next one...

Posted by: flohrtv | September 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

wow seraphin is huge. One of the french sites mentioned the wiz wanted him to add 10-15 pounds and it sure looks like he did. Dicey move coming off knee surgery? Let's hope not

Posted by: divi3 | September 16, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Best thing I saw in that video was a solid back to the basket move from JaVale with that running hook.

Nice.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 16, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

"Blatche has all the tools."

You mean he IS a tool.....He will be crying about playing time or get caught chasing ho's or a DWI by 25 games into the season. Time to get rid of this fool. He will never have the strength to be an inside player as all de does are these cutesy finger rolls and reverses. All it takes is backing him out, which any power forward in the east can do to him and the idiot will chuck up a three or get trapped in a double team..then make a bad pass. He got those high points last season IN GARBAGE TIME. Thats right, and we all know it. Sure, every now and then mr. slacker will concentrate and play hard....the rest of the time he loafs on D and does enough to show some promise..just like most useless millenials these days....

Posted by: nowhine | September 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"Best thing I saw in that video was a solid back to the basket move from JaVale with that running hook.Posted by: SDMDTSU"

That was encouraging. He brought the ball down pretty low, however. In a game, the guard might reach back and swat at it.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 16, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"That was encouraging. He brought the ball down pretty low, however."

He's always done that. He gets his stuff blocked at the rim a good bit for a guy his size.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"That was encouraging. He brought the ball down pretty low, however."

He's always done that. He gets his stuff blocked at the rim a good bit for a guy his size.

Posted by: kalo_rama | September 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Can't argue with that...but the pace seemed better too. Didn't seem like he couldn't wait to throw it at the rim like before. Hopefully he can learn about using that height to advantage a little better.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | September 16, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

He has the ability to be an NBA star. Does he have the mental toughness? That's the big question and this season should provide the answer.

Posted by: dolph924 | September 21, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

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