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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Blatche in a funk, trying to clear his mind

By Washington Post editors
Morning brew

Wizards forward Andray Blatche battles through a shooting slump and admits that trade rumors bother him.

Yi Jianlian (knee) and Kirk Hinrich (thigh) return to practice -- with Hinrich sporting new protective eyewear.

John Wall rings in the New Year in a dance-off against Chris Brown (DC Sports Bog via The Big Lead).

AROUND THE WEB
At Bullets Forever, Jake Whitacre offers his keys to the palace.

At Truth About It, Kyle Weidie's photos display JaVale McGee's jumping ability and a new pre-game intro routine that debuted on New Year's Day.

University of Maryland's own Joe Smith ties a record by playing for his 12th different team, the Los Angeles Lakers (FanHouse).

Matt Moore examines LeBron James calling the Miami Heat "the Heatles" (CBSSports.com's NBA Facts & Rumors).

Kendrick Perkins says the Celtics would have won the NBA title if he had not been injured (Marc Spears, Yahoo!Sports).

Allen Iverson's new life in Turkey is analyzed (Philadelphia Magazine).

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
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Sticking the Cavs with both Jamison and Blatche would almost make up for those playoff losses.

Almost.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 4, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Problem is, wherever Blatche goes, he's probably going to put up numbers that will cause fans and the media to question whether a trade should have been made. Second guessing being the name of the game in pro sports. And Wizards fans being experts in it...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I notice DeJuan Blair is playing better -- 6 for 13 with 9 boards against OKC, 8 for 14 with 15 against the Lakers. Still not getting to the FT line, which is strange for somebody who plays the way he does. And his FT shooting has improved, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for Blatche but then i gathered my collective thoughts and came to my senses. The Serial Skirt Chaser has only himself to blame when the Wiz had Butler,Jamison,Arenas and other vets on this team they tried to counsel Blatche give him advice based on their experience but "Dray" didn't want to hear it.I still can't beleive EG gave Blatche an extension one of the worst thing's Grunfeld could have done, a guy like "Dray" need's the carrot and stick physcology not the "here's an extension go get em kid"reward and that decesion was based on what? I know this if this kid spent more time working on his game and his body instead of running the streets of DC with his posse we would be talking about how his play has kept the Wiz at or near .500 instead of headed toward another fifty plus losing season.

Posted by: dargregmag | January 4, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Problem is, wherever Blatche goes, he's probably going to put up numbers that will cause fans and the media to question whether a trade should have been made. Second guessing being the name of the game in pro sports. And Wizards fans being experts in it...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

i wish there were something the organization could do. Seems like everybody sees the talent,it's just that he's left to his own devices when it comes to conditioning. I still see most of his problems as issues with being in shape. I dunno how he gets away with it, but maybe the org doesn't see a problem with it. It just seems crazy to me that one of the few things holding Dray back is his conditioning and no one on the team can figure out how to get him in shape. It's a shame that he doesn't take more pride in his conditioning, but he's not paying himself 35 million to hoop either. Protect your investment.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

If they could get Hickson in exchange for Blatche (and possibly another), then the Wiz fanbase would not have the occasion to regret trading Blatche

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 4, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hickson is a talented player but he does turn the ball over (averaging 2 in 23 minutes). He also picks up needless fouls.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

BTW, has there been a Wiz trade that hasn't been second-guessed here and in the media? Running a sports team in Washington is a little like making a daily appearance before Darrell Issa and his Congressional subcommittee.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

the guy is a dog. just another excuse for a lame season.

i'm sure they're capable of winning 8 games without him, just like they've won 8 games with him

only good thing about signing guys like him to a medium sized contract like this is that it does make them tradeable

this team has no plan or direction. hasn't had it in years, which falls on EG. at least we aren't hearing this year how we were in 1st place for 48 hours 5 years ago so just be patient....

every year is just a bunch of 1 year contract vets; NBA is a STAR's league; as long as one is available, need to get them while you can. don't wait to build through the draft--not like NFL, MLB, NHL

in NBA, can either play or you cant

Posted by: fnkyniedls | January 4, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Blatche doesn't handle the pressure of uncertainty very well. The addition of Lewis coupled with the trade rumors maybe does affect him.

Player uncertainty may adversely affect some players and not others. You would think and hope that in Blatche you have a player this doesn't affect negatively. You would want Blatche to react positively to the addition of Lewis and the trade rumors, but apparently it isn't.

Maybe it may take a little time for him to get into a good groove. Maybe the coaching of him by Flip needs a little adjusting, a different approach. After all, if it is just a mental thing, is it something that the Wizards/Coach think is worth addressing with Blatche in a different matter than the current approach.

I don't think Blatche is struggling because he still isn't in the best shape he could be in.

It seems they are just letting Blatch swing in the wind and currently he isn't doing very well by himself.

I would really hate to see Blatche get traded, because we thought he really doesn't have the goods and then time shows us it was all about the approach and the support.

There isn't any doubt that Blatche can and has shown he can be a very effective player on the court. I would hate to see him become that consistant player on another Team and we couldn't make it happen with him here.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 4, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Samson, what's Blatche's turnover rate? It's got to be high. The reason I would jump at the opportunity to get Hickson is because he is willing to play the position. He's not a shooting guard trapped in 6-9, 240 pound body. He's physical and he can play with his back to the basket.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 4, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The reason I would jump at the opportunity to get Hickson is because he is willing to play the position. He's not a shooting guard trapped in 6-9, 240 pound body. He's physical and he can play with his back to the basket.

Being teamed with AJ seems to have turned him into a jumpshooter, which is apparently why he's on the outs with Byron Scott. Of course, if they really just want to get AB out of town, Hickson does make sense. I just wouldnt expect him to come in and start living in the paint.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I still see most of his problems as issues with being in shape. I dunno how he gets away with it

Probably by schooling the likes of Booker and Seraphin everyday in practice. The big man bar is set pretty low, he just keeps his double-chin slightly above it.

Hopefully Rashard can push him a little, but his style of play consists of bombing 3s so I doubt it. I'd like to see Mcgee make a move, but flip has him frozen out of the offense. Given how hard Javale works on the floor, imo, he should get some more offensive touches. He's earned a few relative to AB.

When AJ was here, no matter what Blatche did he wouldnt get minutes, now it's Flipped to where he's the best option even at his worst.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

And no Omri Casspi please. Casspi is a 3pt shooter who cant defend, no reason to bring him in here given the type of team we're pretending to build. If Blatche is going to be moved, get a player who plays closer to the basket than him not farther out.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I still see most of his problems as issues with being in shape. I dunno how he gets away with it

Probably by schooling the likes of Booker and Seraphin everyday in practice. The big man bar is set pretty low, he just keeps his double-chin slightly above it.

Hopefully Rashard can push him a little, but his style of play consists of bombing 3s so I doubt it. I'd like to see Mcgee make a move, but flip has him frozen out of the offense. Given how hard Javale works on the floor, imo, he should get some more offensive touches. He's earned a few relative to AB.

When AJ was here, no matter what Blatche did he wouldnt get minutes, now it's Flipped to where he's the best option even at his worst.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

funny, if only they had a coach who was experienced in coaching the Big Man positions (4+5) maybe they wouldn't be falling for the fools gold. The wild thing is, i can't believe AB is working over Keveeeeeen and Books downlow in practice and then changing the recipe at game time . I dunno if all parties concerned are satisfied with ABs conditioning, but there's not much being done to fix it. I got a guy training a kid to play hs baseball. He's added 14 lbs to the kid's frame in 6 weeks with 1.5 hour daily workouts. My man aint gettin no MILLIONSS and neither is the kid so how come we can't get someone to whip AB into shape?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

And no Omri Casspi please. Casspi is a 3pt shooter who cant defend, no reason to bring him in here given the type of team we're pretending to build. If Blatche is going to be moved, get a player who plays closer to the basket than him not farther out.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Please no negative comments about members of The Tribe, remember, criticizing Abe for his faults got a whole lotta name calling started.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The delima as I am seeing it unfold is that roles and direction of the team changes from game to game and even from quarter to quarter and play to play.

Why is this? Probably we might say that injury is the reason but I would not blame it on injury.

I really think that Flip has not figured out and settled on who and how he wants this team to play.

I think he is so infatuated with individual play that he has no clue of the real expectations of what the whole Team can do collectively.

For instance, he doesn't want McGee to make mistakes so he benches him when it is clear in some game situations that McGee should be on the court because it helps the Team.

He plays Hinrich far too much when it is clear that overplaying him affects Hinrich's own game and hurts the team in many situations.

He sticks with situations that aren't working on the court too long.

I think Flip really believes like some bloggers here that the players ought to perform well no matter when they are called on to play and no matter which ones of them are on the floor together.

If that were true we would have a lot more than 8 wins.

So, since that isn't true, he has to do a much better job of coaching, finding the right combinations, going with what works best for the players, just flat out do a better jof of coaching. It is what you must do when the players are not first rate stars and don't need much direction on the court.

However, some bloggers here believe the players are just subpar and only as good as 8 wins and Flip is doing just fine. Flip is an experienced coach that knows what he is doing and the players aren't capable and just don't get it.

I am sorry, I just cannot believe that.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 4, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Wizards are set at PG and pretty much nowhere else. Nick is playing well so I got him in pencil...not quite ink yet...but I like what I'm seeing.We need a SF, could use another C and apparently we all wouldn't mind a new PF.

So moving Blatche for any position except PG would be fine.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The wild thing is, i can't believe AB is working over Keveeeeeen and Books downlow in practice and then changing the recipe at game time

From what I saw he was doing just that. He's much taller than Booker and KeVEEn appears to be known as "Big Slow" by his teammates.

I think the coaches are fine with ABs shot selection, all the post-play talk is a ruse. This is a jumpshooting team by design.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"Being teamed with AJ seems to have turned him into a jumpshooter, which is apparently why he's on the outs with Byron Scott. Of course, if they really just want to get AB out of town, Hickson does make sense. I just wouldnt expect him to come in and start living in the paint."

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 10:49 AM

It's where he lived before. He's established a willingness to battle inside and do the dirty work, so no reason to think that's going to just go away. And from what I've seen written, Scott's problem with Hickson is that he's had trouble grasping the intricacies of the read and react "Princeton style" offense that Scott uses (the same one Jordan used here and that the two of them implemented in New Jersey back when). Haven't seen anything specifically related to Hickson suddenly becoming just a jumpshooter. Even if that is the case, he's still shooting a higher percentage than Blatche.


"Hickson is a talented player but he does turn the ball over (averaging 2 in 23 minutes). He also picks up needless fouls."
Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 10:28 AM

"Samson, what's Blatche's turnover rate? It's got to be high."

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | January 4, 2011 10:43 AM

Their turnovers per minute are pretty much the same (.085 for Hickson, .081 for Blatche)

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"I notice DeJuan Blair is playing better -- 6 for 13 with 9 boards against OKC, 8 for 14 with 15 against the Lakers. Still not getting to the FT line, which is strange for somebody who plays the way he does. And his FT shooting has improved, too."

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 9:13 AM

Under the new "respect for the game" rules, Stern should fine Coach Pop for every game where he lists Blair as "center." That "Duncan isn't a C" ruse has gone beyond the realm of ridiculous.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Their turnovers per minute are pretty much the same (.085 for Hickson, .081 for Blatche)
Posted by: kalo_rama"

Yes it is. I'm just saying not to expect too much improvement.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"I don't think Blatche is struggling because he still isn't in the best shape he could be in."

It's subjective, but he sure doesn't look and move like he's in the best shape. And he has been playing a fair number of minutes.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Nick is playing well so I got him in pencil...not quite ink yet...but I like what I'm seeing.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

:)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Princeton Offense is not your ordinary O. A lot of cutting and passing involve. You should have players that fits the system to make it work. The Cavs maybe with its current roster is not fit just as the past Wiz. Mo Williams is an Arenas clone so that tells you a lot plus you have a PF (AJ) that shoots 3s once he touches the ball that stalls your offense.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 4, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I really think that if Blatche knew that Lewis was the starting three as defined by the Team and Yi, Booker were behind him at the four, it might clear his mind a bit.

After all, with Howard working his way back, having him work behind Lewis is a good thing. I think having Lewis and Howard mainly running at the three gives us an advantage at that position against most teams and more importantly it strengthens and settles the 3 position making the team stronger.

Let Armstrong and Seraphin back up McGee and not Yi.

If you make that solid it defines roles and your rotations and the players can build confidence and certainty.

The way Flip is doing it now according from what I can tell the roles and expectations of the players are anybodys guess.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 4, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

"If Blatche is going to be moved, get a player who plays closer to the basket than him not farther out.Posted by: divi3"

Picking and choosing by need might be a luxury the Wiz don't have at the moment. Blatche's value isn't going to be as high as it was at the end of last season. Looking back (our favorite exercise), they probably should have looked for a trade then. But that was when folks in Washington were hyping him as the NBA's best young PF. He wasn't then, he isn't now, but opinion has changed.

I'd think the Wiz would listen to offers that were advantageous from a draft standpoint, or for a player they don't need but who could bring something in exchange through a future transaction.

Again, I have no inside info. But it sure seems to me like this group is going to look a whole lot different a year or two from now.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Princeton Offense is not your ordinary O. A lot of cutting and passing involve. You should have players that fits the system to make it work. The Cavs maybe with its current roster is not fit just as the past Wiz. Mo Williams is an Arenas clone so that tells you a lot plus you have a PF (AJ) that shoots 3s once he touches the ball that stalls your offense.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 4, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Who's running the princeton offense???????????? I hope the wiz don't claim they are. Is Cleveland running it? The only NBA guy i knew that ran it is bustin suds and battering fish at Horace and Dickies (Whaddup EJ, save me a box)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"From what I saw he was doing just that. He's much taller than Booker and KeVEEn appears to be known as "Big Slow" by his teammates. posted by divi3"

He's taller than Booker, definitely. But I haven't heard he was dominating in practice. Did you attend practice recently?

Blatche is a skilled guy, really the only offensive option we have in terms of big men. But that just suggests we need a different one.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

People seem to be forgetting Rashard Lewis has what has often been called the worst contract in the nba. He will be our starting 3 through '11-'12, not much reason to trade AB for a young 3 who will just sit on the bench.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

BTW, the idea that the coaching staff is happy with Blatche shooting jumpers is difficult to swallow. After all, they keep saying they want him to go to the rim more. Why would they lie?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"People seem to be forgetting Rashard Lewis has what has often been called the worst contract in the nba. He will be our starting 3 through '11-'12, not much reason to trade AB for a young 3 who will just sit on the bench.Posted by: divi3"

Which tells you how bad Gilbert's contract was, if they were willing to take on Lewis' elephantine deal just to get rid of it.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

People seem to be forgetting Rashard Lewis has what has often been called the worst contract in the nba. He will be our starting 3 through '11-'12, not much reason to trade AB for a young 3 who will just sit on the bench.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Funny how nobody's trippin off Lewis gettin like 20 mill this year to avg 12pts and 4 rebs. i guess cuz he stole the money and kept quiet, vs Gil pullin a Cleon and buyin a fresh caddy after the truck heist.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

"The way Flip is doing it now according from what I can tell the roles and expectations of the players are anybodys guess. LarryInClintonMD."

I think they're fairly clear, at least by NBA standards, which aren't that high. The team is shopping Blatche to see what he might bring. Meanwhile he is supposed to focus on giving a good effort every night, including playing D. Lewis is going to get a lot of time on the court and Yi is going to be wanting some minutes, too.

Booker and Seraphin are at the moment plug-in players. Some nights they play, others they'll be DNP-coach's decision.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Which tells you how bad Gilbert's contract was, if they were willing to take on Lewis' elephantine deal just to get rid of it.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

or just how bad they wanted to get rid of Gil. Orlando got the better player and have seen better results from the trade. All we got is to get off the hook one year earlier for virtually the same money. BTW right now statistically Gil is dropping a hot stinky deuce in 'Shad's shoe.Lewis can't see Gil. Glad to be over the headache, but the only way we got better is that we don't have to pay player X, Y amt of $ for 1 extra yr. Aside from that, Orl could challenge for a championship this yr. i'm happy for Gil.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@Samson151 i'm super disappointed, i thought you were gonna have actual video of him pouring champagne on himself (as reported).

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

People keep blaming Dray for all of his weakness's, but the Wizards abysmal "Player Development" section headed-up by Ed Tapscott and supervised by Ernie Grunfeld, should be one of the first things scrapped under a proper house-cleaning.

Andray Blatche was on of the last players selected directly out of HS, and the Wizards had the opportunity to shape and mold Andray into a well-rounded big man, he is what he is now.

Fast forward to today and observe how our crack "Player Development" division has progressed since Andray Blatche was drafted 5 years ago. Hamady, Seraphin, and Booker, rot on the bench while most other non-playing bigs that were drafted, are playing under supervision in the D-League; a losing culture continually perpetuated by Ernest .

Posted by: FireGrunfeld | January 4, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if its true that we have the cavs 2010 first round pick? also if we do, is it protected?

Posted by: jasonma1 | January 4, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

BTW, the idea that the coaching staff is happy with Blatche shooting jumpers is difficult to swallow. After all, they keep saying they want him to go to the rim more

When was the last time Flip has mentioned that? Seems like the first week of the season, though maybe he's been saying it and I havent heard. Last I recall was Wittman encouraging Blatche to continue taking the 17ft'ers in the Indy win

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The only NBA guy i knew that ran it is bustin suds and battering fish at Horace and Dickies (Whaddup EJ, save me a box)

Hilarious!!

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Larry in Clinton - Blatche has had 4 good games this SEASON. The rest of the games were junk. No coach has stopped him or criticized him for his horrendous play. McGee gets the blame for Blatche leaving the paint unguarded and the jailbreak to the basket nightly. Blatche is selfish with the ball and takes terrible shots. No jumping for rebounds, like McGee who is like a pogo stick going after the ball. No fighting for tip ins. No blocking out. No help defensively. I see his talent, and like you appreciate his abilities, he just does not use them enough. We want him for what he can be, not for what he is. The coach either can not or will not instruct him, and get him to play team basketball. After 5 years what can you do with such a lazy, tired, unprofessional wussy. He has the talent to be a consistent all star, yet he acts like John "Hot Plate" Williams with a sissy streak. This is the key position on this team, for out skinny hard working center needs some help, size at this position. Blatche is becoming someone who allows a lot more points than he compensates for. Now our frontcourt is non existent instead of complimentary.

One more comment; BB players experience ups and downs throughout their career, season, games. If he is telling people he has a bear on his back, then he is playing everyone who is willing to listen. This pity me BS is for losers, not a guy who will be a part of a championship team. Definitely the attitude of a guy who influences a losing team.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 4, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"@Samson151 i'm super disappointed, i thought you were gonna have actual video of him pouring champagne on himself (as reported).Posted by: lilhollywood10"

Woulda been a trip, huh?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

:)

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I told you it wasn't hate. He's doing a lot more for my favorite team...can't be mad at that.

Man I can't remember the last time Nick got 9 rebounds in a game.

Well...it's never happened....but either way. I hope he keeps it up.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"or just how bad they wanted to get rid of Gil. Orlando got the better player and have seen better results from the trade. All we got is to get off the hook one year earlier for virtually the same money. BTW right now statistically Gil is dropping a hot stinky deuce in 'Shad's shoe.Lewis can't see Gil. Glad to be over the headache, but the only way we got better is that we don't have to pay player X, Y amt of $ for 1 extra yr. Aside from that, Orl could challenge for a championship this yr. i'm happy for Gil.Posted by: lilhollywood10"

They certainly did want to unload Gil, and the contract was the major obstacle to other teams. That's why the Wiz had to take on yet another bad contract. But there were advantages in terms of length, and in the NBA, that can turn out to be significant.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the coaches are fine with ABs shot selection, all the post-play talk is a ruse. This is a jumpshooting team by design.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This is why I say you make excuses for him. John Wall has said it, Flip has said it...but it's all a conspiracy because it reality they WANT him to shoot jumpers.

Even when he takes his post touches and backs out 10 feet to shoot one.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Turns out Leonsis is just as classy as Grunfeld and the rest of the organization he acquired:

"Speaking of season tickets, you'd think Wizards owner Ted Leonsis would want as many hostages as he could take to fill the Verizon Center's crater of empty seats.
Instead, Wes Unseld was stripped of his season tickets. Apparently, the Hall of Fame center who played (MVP for the 1977-78 champions), coached and managed the team's front office for 40 years, didn't leave much of a lasting impression."

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/heartless_bums_77qZp2EiFUUa2I1jsEqz7O#ixzz1A5bULBQe

This after all the elaborate hype about reinvolving the old Bullets players with the current squad.

Don't look for the culture at Verizon Center to change anytime soon, if this is any indication.

Posted by: KTV1 | January 4, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I kind of like A.B.- seems a nice young man, except for fighting his team-mate

I just can't imagine missing him in the line-up since I never really knows he's there until I see his number!

Tough players get tougher when they need to prove they belong ...babies sulk and let their lil heads worry (po-thing)

he's a foward with (NO_POWER) which fits the bill for the whole team of lanky pankys

Posted by: aypub | January 4, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"People keep blaming Dray for all of his weakness's . . ."

Posted by: FireGrunfeld | January 4, 2011 12:20 PM

What? Blaming a person for his own weaknesses? What nerve!

"When was the last time Flip has mentioned that? Seems like the first week of the season, though maybe he's been saying it and I havent heard. Last I recall was Wittman encouraging Blatche to continue taking the 17ft'ers in the Indy win"

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 12:24 PM

Just because it's not reported everyday in the media doesn't mean Saunders is not saying it. And there's a reason why Wittman isn't the head coach.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I really think that if Blatche knew that Lewis was the starting three as defined by the Team and Yi, Booker were behind him at the four, it might clear his mind a bit.

If you make that solid it defines roles and your rotations and the players can build confidence and certainty.

The way Flip is doing it now according from what I can tell the roles and expectations of the players are anybodys guess.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 4, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If you make that solid it defines roles and your rotations and the players can build confidence and certainty.

The way Flip is doing it now according from what I can tell the roles and expectations of the players are anybodys guess.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 4, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Dray is playing 36 minutes a game and Lewis has been on the team for what? 2 weeks? He's been playing like trash since November.

And none of that has ANYTHING to do with effort on defense.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"BTW right now statistically Gil is dropping a hot stinky deuce in 'Shad's shoe.Lewis can't see Gil."

OTO, their roles are different. Gil's minutes are down (35 to 25) and he's more of an assist guy now. His FG% is actually off a bit since he went to Orlando, and it wasn't that great in Washington (39.4 vs 37.6). He is shooting a little better from the arc. He still tends to turn the ball over at inopportune times (just under 3 TOs in 25 minutes).

Of course, he's still learning to play with the Magic, as Lewis is with Washington. Neither one have had much practice time with their teammates.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: KTV1 | January 4, 2011 12:42 PM"

Sorry, but if Peter Vescey reported the sky was blue, I'd look twice myself, then buy a Pantone color guide to check the hue against. The amount of slant/spin in that piece is pretty blatant. He's got an axe to grind and he's grinding it hard. The events he reports may be more or less fact based, but the hows and whys he presents are pure agenda.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, he's still learning to play with the Magic, as Lewis is with Washington. Neither one have had much practice time with their teammates.

Posted by: Samson151"

What we saw was what they got. I read that Smith was on the phone over New Year's trying to get Grunfeld to take back Arenas' mouth in exchange for the final year of Lewis' contract.

Posted by: KTV1 | January 4, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

He's taller than Booker, definitely. But I haven't heard he was dominating in practice. Did you attend practice recently?

About 2 weeks ago, and Booker almost looks like he should be practicing with the guards based on his height relative to the other Bigs. And Seraphin is a plodder, it's pretty clear why they (good natured-ly) call him Big Slow.

The day I was there, Blatche was clearly the best big.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry, but if Peter Vescey reported the sky was blue, I'd look twice myself, then buy a Pantone color guide to check the hue against. The amount of slant/spin in that piece is pretty blatant. He's got an axe to grind and he's grinding it hard. The events he reports may be more or less fact based, but the hows and whys he presents are pure agenda.

Posted by: kalo_rama"

Your Pantone guide might work better if you spelled his name right. But yeah. Question is, what's his agenda?

Posted by: KTV1 | January 4, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The Combine's the only objective measurements we have for most players. Team's... well, teams tend to hype their own players. But things could change -- players could grow, go on conditioning programs, improve their performance.

One thing they probably don't do is get much taller than they were at the Combine. Height tends to max at 20 and remain steady til age 50, when we begin to settle, much like a building. That 5" reach advantage that Josh Howard has over Nick Young is probably still there several years later. When Nick jumps, much of it is erased. But he has to jump to erase it -- farther to go, in other words.

But I'm just making the point that Blake Griffin is only average length-wise for a PF in the NBA. His advantages are in other areas.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"Your Pantone guide might work better if you spelled his name right. "

Posted by: KTV1 | January 4, 2011 12:58 PM

WTF are you talkin' about?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Please get a power -forward - when the last time DC had one? these guys are scared- really scared to mix it up!

Posted by: aypub | January 4, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Problem is, wherever Blatche goes, he's probably going to put up numbers that will cause fans and the media to question whether a trade should have been made."

Nah, he's lazy and it shows in his game.

Until he realizes that himself he's always going to be the player he currently is.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 4, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

This is why I say you make excuses for him. John Wall has said it, Flip has said it...but it's all a conspiracy because it reality they WANT him to shoot jumpers.

It's been linked here before that Flip's teams through 10 seasons went to the FT line far less than the league average. Flip runs a guard oriented, jumpshooting offense. If that isnt the case, why isnt he calling out Kirk (ok, he'd slit his wrists before doing that) and Wall for consistently ignoring bigs in the paint?

That doesnt mean the goal isnt to get some post scoring, but I dont believe that Dray is totally out of synch with what Flip wants him to do- yet is playing so many minutes and not getting called out. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, most of the long 2s that AB takes appear to be in the flow of the designed offense.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"The day I was there, Blatche was clearly the best big."Posted by: divi3

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. Hard to get practice info during the season.

Surprisingly, Booker is not that far off the NBA average for PFs, size-wise. He's 6'6.25" in socks, 6'7.5" wingspan, 8'10 standing reach. The averages for PFs in their database (259 players): height 6'7.7" height, 7'.08" wingspan, 8'10.6" standing reach. He looks smaller on the court.

Of course, his other numbers, the running jumping ones, range from outstanding to off the chart. Nobody knows how good he can be yet, but his potential is intriguing.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Booker's wingspan is actually 6'9.75", or two inches longer than I said.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"It's been linked here before that Flip's teams through 10 seasons went to the FT line far less than the league average. Flip runs a guard oriented, jumpshooting offense."

Not to belabor the point, but the flaw in that argument is that Andray's not a guard and his role isn't to shoot jump shots. The team desperately needs him at the rim and hasn't made a secret of it. He's really the only Wizard with any low post offensive skills at all and for some reason has not been putting them to use. When he has, he's been very effective. The guard orientation can actually help him avoid the double teams that bedeviled him at the end of last season.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"About 2 weeks ago, and Booker almost looks like he should be practicing with the guards based on his height relative to the other Bigs. And Seraphin is a plodder, it's pretty clear why they (good natured-ly) call him Big Slow."

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 12:56 PM

So Booker is undersized and Seraphin isn't a speed demon. Not exactly breaking news. Neither of those two facts, in and of themsleves, say much of anything about their quality or effectiveness as players. And dominating in practice is about a half-step removed from dominating in summer league. I hear Shaq hits most of his FTs in practice.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Not to belabor the point, but the flaw in that argument is that Andray's not a guard and his role isn't to shoot jump shots

KG isnt a guard either, yet his Js at the top of the key were a staple of Minny's offense when Flip was there.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"KG isnt a guard either, yet his Js at the top of the key were a staple of Minny's offense when Flip was there."

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 1:25 PM

So were his post ups.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"Don't look for the culture at Verizon Center to change anytime soon, if this is any indication.Posted by: KTV1"

Thanks for posting the link. However, it turns out to be a much longer piece about all sorts of perceived NBA injustices. Why single out the Wiz?

Not just Peter Vecsey's agenda I wonder about...

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

blatche and rashad lewis to the kings for dalembert, landry, and casspi would be very nice!!!

gets rid of blache and lewis' bad contract and in return a defensive tutor for mcgee in dalembert, a legit big man in landry, and a swing man in casspi...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 4, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm not in favor of trading Blatche right now, but...

Memphis would be a really good fit for Blatche. He makes them much deeper this year, and Randolph is probably gone next year. A third team interested in Thabeet could be involved.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 4, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It's been linked here before that Flip's teams through 10 seasons went to the FT line far less than the league average. Flip runs a guard oriented, jumpshooting offense. If that isnt the case, why isnt he calling out Kirk (ok, he'd slit his wrists before doing that) and Wall for consistently ignoring bigs in the paint?

That doesnt mean the goal isnt to get some post scoring, but I dont believe that Dray is totally out of synch with what Flip wants him to do- yet is playing so many minutes and not getting called out. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, most of the long 2s that AB takes appear to be in the flow of the designed offense.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

When does Dray get ignored in the post? He gets post touches. He doesn't use them and
FT attempts don't mean post touches.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The Wiz offense needs a viable low post scoring threat to open up the shots for the guards and SF. That's what Andray was supposed to be.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, I'm not aware of any pressure to trade Andray right now. It's more that the Wiz are exploring the market. The extension was a mistake, but if Andray's performance improves, they'll probably be more willing to live with it.

Meanwhile he should focus on playing defense and hitting the boards. Let the shots come as they come.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Garnett was a much better player in Minneapolis than Andray is now. If he'd played for a better club, he might have had a couple more MVP awards on his shelf. What a coach did with a young Kevin Garnett and what the same coach might choose to do with Andray Blatche could be very different.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"BTW right now statistically Gil is dropping a hot stinky deuce in 'Shad's shoe.Lewis can't see Gil."

OTO, their roles are different. Gil's minutes are down (35 to 25) and he's more of an assist guy now. His FG% is actually off a bit since he went to Orlando, and it wasn't that great in Washington (39.4 vs 37.6). He is shooting a little better from the arc. He still tends to turn the ball over at inopportune times (just under 3 TOs in 25 minutes).

Of course, he's still learning to play with the Magic, as Lewis is with Washington. Neither one have had much practice time with their teammates.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse


I was just talking about Gil leading him in points and assts and being around 1 reb short, in regards to their season averages and of course their team's fortunes post-trade. But who knows?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I notice DeJuan Blair is playing better -- 6 for 13 with 9 boards against OKC, 8 for 14 with 15 against the Lakers. Still not getting to the FT line, which is strange for somebody who plays the way he does. And his FT shooting has improved, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

ummm who gives a damm? certainly not anyone over here.

hes distracted cos when the trade deadline gets here he will be a member of the Kings when we scoop up Carl Landry and Omar Casspi...

Posted by: mrhney03 | January 4, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So were his post ups.

His last year in Minny, KG took more 16-23ft Js than he did shots at the rim. Yes, I know Flip wasnt there, but by my recollection during Flip's tenure in Minnesota garnett did more scoring off his J than he did with his back to the basket.

IMO, people are telling themselves that Flip is begging AB to stay in the post but he just wont do it. Yet Flip continues to play him and get him 15FGAs a night? Come on, Flip is a worse coach than he gets called here if he is allowing any one player to wreck the offense's intent like that.

I'm pretty sure Blacthe has responded to these criticims a few times this season by saying reporters are clueless, he is doing what the coaches ask of him.

Sure they want him in the post more, but 5-7 17ft Js per night are by design.

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

When does Dray get ignored in the post?

It may not be an exaggeration to say that Hinrich has not passed the ball to Mcgee in the paint once this entire season. Blatche gets touches, but none of our guards have consistently tried to hit Bigs moving in the paint. That's what was so refreshing about the one Indy win, JM/AB were getting the ball as they moved towards the basket.

Everybody complains the Bigs don't hold picks long enough because they are so eager to roll to the basket....yet how often can anyone point to said Bigs actually receiving the ball on those plays? Very rarely.

Jumpshooting offense by design!

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"The Wiz offense needs a viable low post scoring threat to open up the shots for the guards and SF. That's what Andray was supposed to be."

I guess you can partly blame the Wiz Organization on that. They have seen AB play for awhile now and clearly his play is not in the low post entirely. He is a player who like to take his man of the dribble and do all the spin moves. He is NOT your typical PF and the Wiz did not addressed it during the off season. They picked up Yi but he is only a PF in title but he is also a big guy who wants to shoot the mid shot. Putting AB in a position that he is not is unjust.

Posted by: Dave381 | January 4, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Scouts are very high on three international power forwards -- Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Donatas Motiejunas. All three break the mold of former international busts. Vesely and Motiejunas have been patient with their NBA dreams and now play important minutes for big teams in Europe. Valanciunas is younger, but he also plays solid minutes for a Euroleague team and has a toughness to his game that scouts say is very -- wait for it -- American. Vesely can jump out of the gym, Motiejunas is an aggressive scorer in the paint, and Valanciunas uses length and quickness to get things done. There are no soft, 3-point-shooting big men here. While scouts won't go so far as calling any of them worthy of the top pick in the draft, most believe all three are likely to crack the Top 10 on draft night.

HoopsHype has cut and pasted chunks of Chad Ford's Insider Draft Blog (scroll down about an inch).

Tracking the Progress of Jan Vesely is a Draft Express update.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 4, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"His last year in Minny, KG took more 16-23ft Js than he did shots at the rim. Yes, I know Flip wasnt there..."

Then I don't get the relevance. Different coach, different player.

But Minnesota did struggle after Flip left. Dwayne Casey's record 2005-2007: 53-65. It just got worse from there.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"ummm who gives a damm? certainly not anyone over here."

You're joking, right? There were more posts here about DeJuan Blair than most of the Wizards.

"...Omar Casspi..."
Posted by: mrhney03"

Omri.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Scouts are very high on three international power forwards -- Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely and Donatas Motiejunas"

Vesely's mostly a SF/PF combo type, isn't he? Valuncianas is a center type, but still 18 years old (til May). Motiejunas looks the most ready, although I understand he weighs less than 220.

All excellent prospects, but would you take them over Kanter or Sullinger?

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"I guess you can partly blame the Wiz Organization on that. They have seen AB play for awhile now and clearly his play is not in the low post entirely.posted by dave381"

I think you mistake my meaning. The drafting of Wall and the Wiz' offensive scheme meant increased opportunities for whoever could serve as the team's inside scoring threat. It was obvious McGee, Armstrong, and Seraphin weren't going to fill that role, so it was basically left to Blatche. He could drive, go to the rim anyway he liked, as long as the wound up at the rim. And he could trust the PGs to find him.

That's what didn't happen, at least consistently. And there was nobody to replace him with, which is why he got so many minutes (despite the defense).

Posted by: Samson151 | January 4, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

All excellent prospects, but would you take them over Kanter or Sullinger?

No need to make that decision now.

Posted by: djnnnou | January 4, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It may not be an exaggeration to say that Hinrich has not passed the ball to Mcgee in the paint once this entire season. Blatche gets touches, but none of our guards have consistently tried to hit Bigs moving in the paint. That's what was so refreshing about the one Indy win, JM/AB were getting the ball as they moved towards the basket.

Everybody complains the Bigs don't hold picks long enough because they are so eager to roll to the basket....yet how often can anyone point to said Bigs actually receiving the ball on those plays? Very rarely.

Jumpshooting offense by design!

Posted by: divi3 | January 4, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I don't think anyone has an issue with AB taking 5-7 17 foot jumpers a game. He can make it. It's HOW and WHEN he takes them. When he faces up...backs up and dances away the whole damn shot clock and throws up a brick...then it's an issue. Especially over people he should easily score over. Especially since "he ate KGs lunch and Brook Lopez and he's an all-star caliber building block" And when he's shooting 4-16 or the other horrible numbers...I'm betting more than 5-7 are 17 footers. Hell if you've been off for 20+ games...why not try to get an easier bucket. HE'S SOFT AND LAZY.

It's not safe to say Hinrich has never given the ball to McGee in the paint. It's actally rather stupid.

And for the record...when a big rolls to quick to the basket...it's hard for a PG to get him the ball with someone in his face.

Kind of negates to point of setting a pick in the first place.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

And all in all...I'm not as concerned about AB's offense as I am his effort and disregard for defense.

Oh he can move those feet to try to dribble for 10 second before launching a brick...but he can't move to cut off a driving player.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

one of those collins stiffs just got waived by the clips. wonder if ernie wants to give him a look.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh he can move those feet to try to dribble for 10 second before launching a brick...but he can't move to cut off a driving player.

Posted by: SDMDTSU | January 4, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

To be fair he's not moving those feet very quickly or deliberately in his offensive efforts either. There's just no way to get your shot capped, or dribble off your foot on defense, so it looks less egregious. Once someone starts using "Individual Points Against" as part of the player rankings his 16ish points and 8ish rebs per game will absolve him of the countless forays to the rim he allows.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

meant to say "won't be able to absolve him ...."

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | January 4, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"His last year in Minny, KG took more 16-23ft Js than he did shots at the rim. Yes, I know Flip wasnt there, but by my recollection during Flip's tenure in Minnesota garnett did more scoring off his J than he did with his back to the basket."

Then why not cite some numbers from one of his seasons under Saunders?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is simple: Blatche is too fat. Period.

Last season when he was in shape, he could blow by defenders going baseline, or post up and use quick moves to score inside. This year he's about 30 pounds overweight, and can't do any of this. Thus all the jumpers, or lazy forays to the basket, typically resulting in a turnover.

It's clear that he's not diligent enough about conditioning to get in optimal playing shape. Maybe the team should have sat him until he lost weight rather than rushing him back in the preseason. If I'm the front office, I'd consider sitting him right now until he gets in better shape, because he hurts the team right now.

What I WOULDN'T DO under any circumstances is trade him. You just don't do that. When healthy, he can put up an efficient 18/8. Not many post players in the NBA are capable of that. He's a skilled big who just doesn't have the will to get in good enough shape in-season. One healthy offseason of team-mandated dedication to conditioning would cure this.

Trading him for someone else's bad contract (have you guys ever WATCHED JJ Hickson? Really?) would be classic Wizards. And by classic, I mean sucky.

Posted by: sasrza | January 4, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is simple: Blatche is too fat. Period.

Last season when he was in shape, he could blow by defenders going baseline, or post up and use quick moves to score inside. This year he's about 30 pounds overweight, and can't do any of this. Thus all the jumpers, or lazy forays to the basket, typically resulting in a turnover.

It's clear that he's not diligent enough about conditioning to get in optimal playing shape. Maybe the team should have sat him until he lost weight rather than rushing him back in the preseason. If I'm the front office, I'd consider sitting him right now until he gets in better shape, because he hurts the team right now.

What I WOULDN'T DO under any circumstances is trade him. You just don't do that. When healthy, he can put up an efficient 18/8. Not many post players in the NBA are capable of that. He's a skilled big who just doesn't have the will to get in good enough shape in-season. One healthy offseason of team-mandated dedication to conditioning would cure this.

Trading him for someone else's bad contract (have you guys ever WATCHED JJ Hickson? Really?) would be classic Wizards. And by classic, I mean sucky.

Posted by: sasrza | January 4, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem here is simple: Blatche is too fat. Period.

Last season when he was in shape, he could blow by defenders going baseline, or post up and use quick moves to score inside. This year he's about 30 pounds overweight, and can't do any of this. Thus all the jumpers, or lazy forays to the basket, typically resulting in a turnover.

It's clear that he's not diligent enough about conditioning to get in optimal playing shape. Maybe the team should have sat him until he lost weight rather than rushing him back in the preseason. If I'm the front office, I'd consider sitting him right now until he gets in better shape, because he hurts the team right now.

What I WOULDN'T DO under any circumstances is trade him. You just don't do that. When healthy, he can put up an efficient 18/8. Not many post players in the NBA are capable of that. He's a skilled big who just doesn't have the will to get in good enough shape in-season. One healthy offseason of team-mandated dedication to conditioning would cure this.

Trading him for someone else's bad contract (have you guys ever WATCHED JJ Hickson? Really?) would be classic Wizards. And by classic, I mean sucky.

Posted by: sasrza | January 4, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The balance of power (figuratively) has shifted to the East; the best teams have guys that can pound it down low (Amare, KG/Shaq, Boozer, D. Howard, Horford, Bogut). The Wiz clearly have bigs that are better suited in the Western Conference, and until they "get with the program" (i.e. draft a Jared Sullinger type PF), then they will continue to be Eastern bottom-feeders.

Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but I would have a Kool-Aid smile to have seen the Wiz trade AB for Al Jefferson last year before he signed w/ the Jazz this year. Hell, the Wizards can be a playoff team if they could magically trade their entire roster's frontcourt to Memphis for Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol

Posted by: bernard_thompson | January 4, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Blatche is way too bottom heavy and upper light. He needs to stairmaster at least 35 minutes after every game. The Wiz need to fire Gene Banks as the big man assistant; I've seen Blatche at shootaround before the game, & Banks's drill are purely perimeter based drills w/o any big men (i.e. jump hook, baseline turnarounds, up and unders). After these drills, he's playing one on one vs. Sam Cassell 35 minutes before the tipoff of a game. When they show the team outside of the locker room before they take the court, he's the one with the biggest smile on his face, trying to make his teammates laugh. Nick Young used to do the same thing, but at least he matured his game and personally, adding muscle in the offseason. Blatche, in his 6th season in the NBA has done NONE of this. You can't win when your best supposed "low-post" scorer is an aloof, pudgy clown; I just hope he changes into the Grizzlies Zach Randolph and somehow gets it together, because as much as I want it to happen here, the reality is looking more & more like it won't.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | January 4, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So sasrza . . . what's the problem, exactly?

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 4, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

you just don't win with guys like Andray Blatch

Posted by: buster_c | January 4, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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