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Posted at 2:52 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Andray Blatche: 'I'm very sorry for the incident' with JaVale McGee

By Michael Lee

Wizards forward Andray Blatche issued an apology a day after he and teammate JaVale McGee were suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

Blatche and McGee will both miss the Wizards' game on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs after the two had a dispute outside of an area club last week.

"I'm very sorry for the incident," Blatche wrote in a text message. "I had no intention of this ever happening. I apologize for my behavior, to my family, the whole Wizards organization, my fans, my teammates and coaches."

McGee also expressed regret on his Twitter account. "I wanna apologize to the fans and the [W]izards organization for the immature acts that I was involved in," he wrote.

Witnesses at the club have said that the Wizards' starting front line cursed at each other, while two sources added that Blatche and McGee exchanged punches before being restrained from each other. According to one source, Al Thornton attempted to break up the fight and was punched by a club bouncer. Police were called on the scene, but no arrests were made and there were no injuries.

Blatche, the Wizards' leading scorer, originally denied that he and McGee fought, claiming that the two had "only one push" while exiting the club in an effort to avoid other fights inside. The Wizards stated that it was "simply a disagreement between teammates" on Friday before investigating further and determining that punishment was in order.

Blatche, 24, is in the first year of an extension that will be pay him a total of $35 million over the next five years. He broke his right foot last summer and has missed four games this season because of injuries to his left hip and knee. He was suspended for one game last season after getting belligerent with the coaches and trainers during and after a game.

John Wall returned to practice on Saturday in San Antonio and participated in the morning shootaround, which could signal his possible return this week. Wall will be listed as a game-time decision against the Spurs. He hasn't played since Dec. 10 and has missed the past five games with a bone bruise under his right knee cap. Wall has missed 12 games this season with a variety of ailments. The Wizards will face the Houston Rockets on Monday.

By Michael Lee  | December 26, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
Categories:  Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee  
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Comments

First!

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Blatche and McGee are both a disgrace and an embarrassment to the team and the game of basketball. Their basketball IQ is lower than my mom's and she's never played a game of basketball in her entire life. It's only a matter of time before these 2 cancers spread to John Wall and then we'll really see the @$@! hit the fan. It's time to clean house Mr. Leonsis. And throw Flip and Ernie out with the garbage while you're at it.

Posted by: dcmc8377 | December 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"I sorrrrrrryyyy."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Now the guy you all call the serial skirt chaser has apopogized. Hopefully you guys will give him a break. I still think he should be traded for "cash considerations" and move on but I think EG & Flip should be traded as well!

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Now the guy you all call the serial skirt chaser has apopogized.

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 3:36 PM

Yeah, just like he apologized after the suspend license/reckless driving bust. Same way he apologized after the solicitation bust. See a pattern here?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's all wait for Samson151 to justify, defend and embrace Grunfeld before we judge anybody here. Grunfeld is just a victim of himself, like Blatche. Cynicism aside. C'mon, bring on your weak sh+t.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Let's all wait for Samson151 to justify, defend and embrace Grunfeld before we judge anybody here. Grunfeld is just a victim of himself, like Blatche. Cynicism aside. C'mon, bring on your weak sh+t.Posted by: getjiggly2"

Maybe it's divi?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It's somebody's sock puppet, believe me. Come on out here in the light, bunky, where we can see ya.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

WOW!- Sampson151-leave your sign posted: "Genius at Work"

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, just like he apologized after the suspend license/reckless driving bust. Same way he apologized after the solicitation bust. See a pattern here?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 3:46 PM

Didn't know about the suspended lic incident but I did see the photo floating around with him getting a lap dance at the strip club. Think it's time for him to submit a form for a change of address with the post office. Is he even worth a draft pick?

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

No way, Blatche "wrote" that. Our evidence? No bad grammar or misspelled words. And the text didn't bear his special mark at the bottom, "x."

So we are still waiting to hear directly from Mr. Blatche. Get rid of the Bogus Three -- Blatche, McGee, and Young -- replace them with D-league All-Stars and euros and then move on.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 26, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, just like he apologized after the suspend license/reckless driving bust. Same way he apologized after the solicitation bust. See a pattern here?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a pattern of you being a holier-than-thou, know-it-all jerk.

Posted by: IrenePollin | December 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, none of you can blame Gil for this one! Wait residual effect huh?

Posted by: bossclifnpooh2 | December 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

ok well Rashard Lewis will start and so will Kevin Seraphin and we can go on playing ball...this is exactly what we needed

Posted by: mrhney03 | December 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, a pattern of you being a holier-than-thou, know-it-all jerk."

Posted by: IrenePollin | December 26, 2010 4:37 PM

Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realize Blatche was one of your pet players. You should probably put a collar and some tags on him, for next time. You get off with a warning this time. Next time though (and there will be a next time), it's a fine and the pound.

Now you have a nice day now.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a pattern of you being a holier-than-thou, know-it-all jerk.
Posted by: IrenePollin
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Irene, Irene, Irene... a little education please.
*********************
So we are still waiting to hear directly from Mr. Blatche. Get rid of the Bogus Three -- Blatche, McGee, and Young -- replace them with D-league All-Stars and euros and then move on.

Posted by: broadwayjoe
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Problem is broadway that the same people who brought these losers to our home town are the same one who will bring in any changes, so we'll get another Kirk, another Blatche then we'll get a Pecherov, who led the league in 3 point shots(the missed category) and a Seraphin who leads the league in fouls committed per minute played. So where does that leave us? You see?
First things first, Grunfeld Goodbye and Good riddance.
PS. IrenePollin.. there is a pattern, whether you like it or not.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree get rid of this dude.

At least we get chance to see some booker & seraphin tonight.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 26, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I agree get rid of this dude.

At least we get chance to see some booker & seraphin tonight.

Posted by: Darnell1 | December 26, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Serraphin is going to get USED by San Antonio. Booker - we'll see.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

when the boston kids got in a fight..doc rivers came out and said this is in house and we will not suspend them..when is ernie going to stop putting his players on blast and protect them like the other 29 team team..do u really think other teams dont fight or bring guns..there nba players..but for your own team to turn you in or tell on you shows no loyalty and i see now what gil was talking about..and for ernie to keep putting his team on display for the world to see shows he trys to protect his self and not the product

Posted by: MrNoOne | December 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

and for ernie to keep putting his team on display for the world to see shows he trys to protect his self and not the product

Posted by: MrNoOne
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nice point Mr.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"I sorrrrrrryyyy."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Is this an attempt at subtle racist humor.
Most folks on this blog have peeped your wholecard. You and several of your cohorts on this blog take pleasure in cherrypicking every negative aspect of these guys basketball and personal lives. Nick Young was also one of your targets until injuries forced the Wizards to give him an opportunity.

FYI, no one in my circle or in my sons circle (a recent college graduate) uses the phrase "I Sorry". All of the references to grammar is simply part of some slick racist commentary. Here is the real deal, no one at the professional of even D1 college level gives a damn about these young mens grammatical proficiency or whether they get a competitive education. The hustle is either stay healthy (in the pros) or stay eligible in the college ranks.

Get Real!! These are 22 and 24 year old young men, who had an aclohol induced skirmish. This happens frequently in this age group on college campuses and in military towns all across the country (I am a retired soldier). Put the incident in perspective, no charges were filed and hopefully the embarassment and the punishment will have some rehabilitative effect.

Posted by: NewManagement | December 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Who in the hell, want to play ball in DC. Nick Young' have been trying to get out for 3 year's. But Ernie, will not let him go. So you need to hold on to Blatche, and McKee. And Young is to good of a player to be on the wizards team. So please make Nick Young happy by trading him.

Posted by: maejude | December 26, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"when the boston kids got in a fight . . ."

What fight? If you're talking about the one last season with Big Baby . . . you'll recall that he broke his hand and missed most of the season following that figt, so suspending him would have been kind of pointless, as far as punishment goes. If you're talking about another fight, please elaborate.

"do u really think other teams dont fight or bring guns.."

Sure they do. They just don't do it in public and have the cops called to the scene. It was a drunken, public melee not a practice scuffle. The Wizards can't just pretend it didn't happen, esp. since, following the Arenas mess, it's a sure bet that Stern is keeping a closer eye on the franchise.

"and for ernie to keep putting his team on display for the world to see shows he trys to protect his self and not the product"

Wrong. This franchise is already under a P.R. cloud because of the Arenas incident. The last thing it needs is to be the source of more negative pub for the NBA, esp. under the new owner's early watch. Taking immediate, decisive action to send a message (not just to the players, but to the fans, Stern, and the other owners) that no more crap like this will be swallowed is, without question, protecting the "product."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

We should probably thank Andray and Javale for distracting us from the San Antonio game. I'm guessing Hilton starts at center, backed by Seraphin and Booker, with Howard, Rashard, Thornton, and Booker at forward. Say, how come Thornton wasn't suspended? Must really have been the peacemaker. Good for him.

BTW, the Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine home games and are 16-2 at home overall this season, their best in recent memory. They're 25-4 and had a 10-game winning streak broken with a 22 point spanking at Orlando. That was their first loss since Dec. 1.

It sounds like they might take it out on Washington, but the Lakers arrive next, so maybe they'll overlook the shorthanded Wiz.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Put the incident in perspective, no charges were filed and hopefully the embarassment and the punishment will have some rehabilitative effect."

Posted by: NewManagement | December 26, 2010 5:47 PM

You mean like the "rehabilitative effects" of Blatche's shooting? Or his multiple suspended license citations? Or his reckless driving arrest? Or his solicitation arrest?

Do the words "incorrigible" and "recidivist" mean anything to you?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Blatche has bad instincts. I get the sense that he's kind of aware of that which makes him more sympathetic than a lot of knuckleheads. He falls into the "better the devil you know" category, and trading him for another team's headache or bad contract would be a mistake. A booze problem would explain some of his production, though. Things went south pretty fast with Vin Baker, let's hope the same thing doesn't happen here.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"when the boston kids got in a fight..doc rivers came out and said this is in house and we will not suspend them. . ."
Posted by: MrNoOne

The problem with that is this not Boston or BAWWWSTON! This is DC where the gossip gets out faster and everyone knows how to leak a story before it is a story!

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"when the boston kids got in a fight..doc rivers came out and said this is in house and we will not suspend them. . ."
Posted by: MrNoOne

The problem with that is this not Boston or BAWWWSTON! This is DC where the gossip gets out faster and everyone knows how to leak a story before it is a story!

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"when the boston kids got in a fight..doc rivers came out and said this is in house and we will not suspend them. . ."
Posted by: MrNoOne

The problem with that is this not Boston or BAWWWSTON! This is DC where the gossip gets out faster and everyone knows how to leak a story before it is a story!

Posted by: zack5 | December 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Is this an attempt at subtle racist humor."

Posted by: NewManagement | December 26, 2010 5:47 PM

It's pretty clearly neither racist nor subtle. "I sorrrrrrryyyy" is something you often hear from very small children who haven't yet mastered (A) conjunctions in learning to speak or (B) the concept of responsibility for their actions. It's something they say after being scolded by their parents, not because they mean it (or even know what it means) but because, through observation, they've figured out that it's what they're supposed to say. It's a meaningless, by rote utterance that they'll forget as soon as it leaves their lips.

The parallels should be fairly obvious.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Is this an attempt at subtle racist humor.
Most folks on this blog have peeped your wholecard. You and several of your cohorts on this blog take pleasure in cherrypicking every negative aspect of these guys basketball and personal lives. Nick Young was also one of your targets until injuries forced the Wizards to give him an opportunity.FYI, no one in my circle or in my sons circle (a recent college graduate) uses the phrase "I Sorry". All of the references to grammar is simply part of some slick racist commentary. Here is the real deal, no one at the professional of even D1 college level gives a damn about these young mens grammatical proficiency or whether they get a competitive education. The hustle is either stay healthy (in the pros) or stay eligible in the college ranks.Get Real!! These are 22 and 24 year old young men, who had an aclohol induced skirmish. This happens frequently in this age group on college campuses and in military towns all across the country (I am a retired soldier). Put the incident in perspective, no charges were filed and hopefully the embarassment and the punishment will have some rehabilitative effect.Posted by: NewManagement"

Wow -- now we see the race card! Does it ever stop?

BTW I googled 'I sorry', and the references are to the LOLCats/LOLDogs websites. So maybe it's a species-ist remark, eh?

I'm not going to bother to refute the rest of it. Here's the truth: Javale and Andray got drunk and got into it with one another in public. I don't know if you were around DC last season, but that sort of thing is bound to draw our attention. They denied it at first, and the team seemed to swallow it, then once the truth came out, everyone began suspending/ apologizing, according to the playbook. Do you blame them? I mean, there's a lot of cash at stake here. Ted may be a nice guy, but you have to think Gilbert left some scars on Wiz management. And in their bank account.

I'm amazed that anybody thinks you can turn this into a referendum on Ernie, Flip and Ted. But that's the level of partisan BS that we've sunk to.

Maybe because we haven't seen a lot of good basketball so far this season... when does John Wall get back?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"We should probably thank Andray and Javale for distracting us from the San Antonio game...."
Posted by: Samson151
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Yeah dude, let's have everybody thank them. Heroes, that's what they are. Grunfeld too. Gilbert and Flip too. All heroes.
I

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

BTW, NewManagement, Nick Young was never a 'target' to me. You misquoted me once before on that, about how he'd be in the D's or overseas, and I asked you to prove it, and as far as I know, you didn't. Because, I suspect, you couldn't. So either prove it, or dare I suggest, apologize?

The correct format may be found on the LOLcats website...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah dude, let's have everybody thank them. Heroes, that's what they are. Grunfeld too. Gilbert and Flip too. All heroes.
Posted by: getjiggly2"

No point in arguing with sock puppets.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

No comment. Let's move on please.

Posted by: glawrence007 | December 26, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"He falls into the "better the devil you know" category, and trading him for another team's headache or bad contract would be a mistake."

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 5:57 PM

Sometimes what makes a guy a headache for one franchise might not make him a headache somewhere else. The Arenas/Lewis swap is an example. The Wiz needed to move Arenas because his presence was casting a pall over the team/franchise and resulting in tension all round him because of his history here. The Magic needed to move Lewis because the franchise star was taking (not very) veiled shots about him not getting the job done and the team needing to be more active about winning now. Swap the two out and those issues are no longer issues.

The problem with Blatche is that he doesn't have the two things working in his favor that Arenas did: (A) An established history (albeit several years removed) of playing at an All-Star level on a good team and (B) an established relationship/alliance with someone in a decision-making position on another team. Without that, any team that trades for Blatche would be doing so entirely on blind faith. Hard to see many teams willing to take that leap.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

""Can Leonsis fire Grunfeld, like right now?
Posted by: DC_MAN88"

Good thinkin'. I can imagine the termination letter: "Said GM failed in his duty to prevent two adult multi-millionaires, each nearly 7' tall, from arguing in front of distant nightclub."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 24, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse "

I would have just left it as "Said GM failed." No more words necessary.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 26, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Without that, any team that trades for Blatche would be doing so entirely on blind faith. Hard to see many teams willing to take that leap.Posted by: kalo_rama"

Right. You'd need another team that was looking to get rid of their own problem player - preferably one of comparable ability. Or achieve some significant contract advantage. And those are hard to find in today's NBA.

I'm not as critical of Blatche's ability or play as some, and I understand he's only 24, but I think it's only reasonable to question if, now that he's a starter in his 6th NBA season, he's ever going to 'get it' in terms of professionalism.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

No point in arguing with sock puppets.

Posted by: Samson151
...................
Wow... a convincing argument... again. You're on fire man(?).

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"I'm amazed that anybody thinks you can turn this into a referendum on Ernie, Flip and Ted."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:01 PM

"Surprised"? Really? Come on.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

EDIT;

Swap "Surprised" for "Amazed."

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"I would have just left it as "Said GM failed." No more words necessary.Posted by: DC_MAN88"

If Ted does decide to cut Ernie loose at some point, he certainly won't say that. Probably cost him a couple mil if he shot off his mouth that way. Instead, he'll say something like:

'We feel that at this time the team needs to go in a different direction. We appreciate Ernie Grunfeld's leadership and contribution over the years, and he'll continue in an advisory capacity.'

It means the same thing. But Ted will probably know a lot more about the situation than we do.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"surprised.... referendum on Ernie, Flip and Ted."

Posted by: Samson151
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then you'll probably be surprised to know that the earth revolves around the sun.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"Surprised"? Really? Come on.
Posted by: kalo_rama"

OK, I'm not amazed. In fact, I sorrrryyyy.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Exposed. Clearly the statement "issued" by AB is not AB because it's mostly grammatically correct. Now, his twitter statement....that's another story.

If it WAS from AB, it would probably go something more like this:

"Sho' nuff, I be very sorry for the drama that went down," Blatche wrote in a text message. "I didn't have no intention for this all this shiz nit blowin' up. I'm sorry for actin' a fool, to my peoples, my Mas'r, my fans, my homies and coaches. I'm hurtin', so holla atcha boy. Thug life baby...4 evah.."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsWMFW7I7lE

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 26, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 26, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side tho...at least AB and JaTravel wasn't fightin' over no transvestite like how Rod Strickland and Tracy Murray was doin'.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 26, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"Or achieve some significant contract advantage."

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:19 PM

Well, they waved any chance of that goodbye when they signed him to that ridiculous extension.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

He falls into the "better the devil you know" category, and trading him for another team's headache or bad contract would be a mistake.

Sometimes what makes a guy a headache for one franchise might not make him a headache somewhere else.Posted by: kalo_rama

That's the pitch, but swapping rarely results in more than a reprieve. And this incident with Blatche doesn't merit absorbing another bad contract to get rid of him.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"That's the pitch, but swapping rarely results in more than a reprieve. And this incident with Blatche doesn't merit absorbing another bad contract to get rid of him."

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 7:05 PM

I hate to break it to you, but the second Blatche's signature dried on that extension, they absorbed a bad contract. As long as they don't take on a significantly worse one (which they managed to do with Arenas), then getting a "reprieve" from his nonsense, disruption, and unreliability on and off the court would be a net plus at the same price.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

As long as they don't take on a significantly worse one...

He was suspended for fighting with a teammate outside of a strip club, but sure, as long as they don't take on a significantly worse one.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

BTW, NewManagement, Nick Young was never a 'target' to me. You misquoted me once before on that, about how he'd be in the D's or overseas, and I asked you to prove it, and as far as I know, you didn't. Because, I suspect, you couldn't. So either prove it, or dare I suggest, apologize? ....

Posted by: Samson151 | December 26, 2010 6:07 PM"
____________

Young couldn't start for any D-League or Euro team, and neither could the other two members of the Bogus Three, McGee and Blatche. These clowns are the second coming of Kwame Brown.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 26, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

"I hate to break it to you, but the second Blatche's signature dried on that extension, they absorbed a bad contract. As long as they don't take on a significantly worse one (which they managed to do with Arenas), then getting a "reprieve" from his nonsense, disruption, and unreliability on and off the court would be a net plus at the same price.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse "

Well, Grunfeld clearly blew his wad too early after AB's performance towards the end of last season....but for sure, AB did not earn this extension. I think AB is beyond the point where his "I'm sorry" response has no effect anymore.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 26, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

"He was suspended for fighting with a teammate outside of a strip club . . ."

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 8:01 PM

And Arenas was suspended for felony gun possession.

So what's your point?

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

To me with this organization struggling, you have a new owner, comes in and gives you an extension, there is just no more excuses for Blatche.

As a fan I'm just flat out sick of this foolishness.

Blatche has to be traded and I'm pretty sure this will happen before the trade deadline.

Posted by: kevenjones | December 26, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

And Arenas was suspended for felony gun possession. So what's your point? Posted by: kalo_rama

Just pointing out that it is ridiculous to quibble about the return, when choosing to trade a player at his lowest value. This isn't the same situation as Arenas. Arenas was always going to be a felon with multiple knee surgeries and a quirky personality. It's a good bet that Blatche's image can be rehabilitated to the point of not needing to take on a bad deal in return.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"It's a good bet that Blatche's image can be rehabilitated to the point of not needing to take on a bad deal in return."

Posted by: djnnnou | December 26, 2010 10:26 PM

Which is why I'm not a gambling man.

For going on 6 years now, Blatche has been pretty much what he is now: unmotivated, underperforming, out of shape, and lacking common sense and good judgment, on and off the court. Given that, I fail to see any particular reason (other than faith or hoping it's just a "phase" he'll grow out of) to expect that he'll become something other than that any time soon.

Didn't happen after he got shot (despite his lip service to learning from the experience). Didn't happen after he got popped for pickin' up pros (despite more lip service (so to speak)). Didn't happen after his smoke screen of a "breakout" 1/3 season (more lip service, about "leadership"). Didn't happen after he got the extension (you guessed it).

So why, exactly, is it going to happen now? Or next month? Or 6 months from now? The guy hasn't changed much at all in 6 years so, logically, we can pretty much dismiss any thoughts of incremental personal growth, because he really hasn't shown any. He's had at least a couple of potential life changing moments to spark epiphany. No action on that score. So tell me, if the only consequence of his latest nonsense is a 1-game suspension, what impetus will he have to change? And how long can the Wizards afford to wait?

The clock's been ticking.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 26, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The guy hasn't changed much at all in 6 years so, logically, we can pretty much dismiss any thoughts of incremental personal growth, because he really hasn't shown any.

Oh, how quickly they forget. Don't you remember America's sweatheart, 7 Day Dray? All it took was 30 games for Ernie to tear up his contract.

And how long can the Wizards afford to wait? Posted by: kalo_rama

I don't see the rush. They can wait at least until Carmelo is traded. Blatche is young enough to interest Denver, and there's going to be a knucklehead shortage for George Karl to coach after this season.

Posted by: djnnnou | December 27, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

"Dray? All it took was 30 games for Ernie to tear up his contract."

Putting up meaningless numbers in extended minutes on a bottom feeding team has nothing to do with personal growth. (Hell, as it turned out, it had nothing to do with basketball growth, either). Apples and oranges.

And, oh yeah, how's that new contract workin' out?

"Blatche is young enough to interest Denver. . . "

Posted by: djnnnou | December 27, 2010 12:06 AM

Again with the age, thing? Please. He's a 6th year vet. To most coaches and GMs that's gonna have more weight than his actual age because it says more about how much he's progressed as a pro. The answer is not very far. However old he is, the fact remains that, at the 6 year mark, his career may well be about half over.

And then, of course, there's the fact that he's owed about $7-8 mill/yr for the next 4, and the fact that he's a 'tweener forward who lacks strength/will/toughness to be a consistent force inside, shooting range/ballhandling/quickness to be a force as a starter outside. On a good team, he's a backup, a poor man's Al Harrington. And since Denver (A) already has the actual Al Harrington and (B) doesn't really have any of the kinds of contracts (other than, ironically, Harrington's) that they would likely be willing to give up for Blatche, I wouldn't peg my hopes on the Nuggets.

Besides, if/when the Nuggets trade Anthony, they're likely heading directly into rebuild mode and, as we've seen, that's probably not the best environment for Blatche. If he's going to have any chance, he needs to be on a team with vet leadership structure in place (the Wiz don't have that because most of their vets are short-term rentals).

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 27, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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