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Andray Blatche says all the right things while waiting for the call

Aug 19, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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Andray Blatche personified a lot of the problems for the post-Arenas era in Washington that the Wizards have tried so hard to shake. A hot shooting stretch after Arenas was suspended and Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were traded in a blow-up lead to a huge contract. Knuckleheaded behavior and poor shot selection soon followed, and the team was a joke within a joke, a meta-basketball-gag that showed problems with the roster, coaching, and organization.

Blatche was amnestied this summer as the team looked to remake the roster completely with higher caliber and character guys.

But he can still play. And he wants to, badly.

“My dream destination right now would be back on the court. For real. Just to get back on the court,” he said. “It’s something I love to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Heat or the Spurs or the D League. Whatever. As long as I’m back on the court playing ball.

“I mean, I love the game. I’m a fan of the game. I love playing basketball. That’s the only thing I’ve been doing since I’ve been little. Basketball is something that is very, very important to me.”

via Andray Blatche, released by the Wizards, hopes to reshape his image and his career |

Blatche is open and candid with his comments about his mistakes, while also pinning some of the DNP-Conditioning stuff last year on the coaching staff. He’s gotten interest from some of the big teams, but it just depends on what he’s willing to take. He still gets his money for the rest of his contract with Washington, so he’s no in any hurry. He can take his time and choose the place where he’s going to have the best opportunity.

Maybe all of this in the article is genuine. Maybe he’s changed. You have to hope so. Blatche would make for a great redemption story.

  1. eugenesaxe - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    “But he can still play. And he wants to, badly.”

    That’s the only way he knows how to play.

    • llfreedman - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      great post.

      • eugenesaxe - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM

        Gracias :)

    • moseskkim - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      Andray is talented. I don’t think anyone doubts that. Poor shot selection, bad attitude, fat at times. But talent he has. He’s gonna get a low salary cuz he got amnestied. If he gets on a team like the heat.. Wade, bron, bosh, dray, mario. Allen, battier, haslem, Lewis. That’s scary. Or even on spurs next to Timmy d. He should do well and is a low risk, high reward type in my opinion.

  2. waiting4asuperbowl - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Andray baltch!! Dude is a joke and a softy.

  3. miamatt - Aug 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Sounds like he’s waiting to see if another contender is willing to pay him more than the minimum salary, which is all Miami is allowed to offer him. Or waiting for Miami to offer that minimum in the first place. They love reclamation projects down here, it wouldn’t surprise if it comes to that in another month or so.

  4. money2long - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    honestly, his talent alone makes the path to redemption a bit easier and that’s a good thing. all he has to worry about is how teams feel about bringing someone like him aboard their team. he is doing some work with john lucas to improve his body and game. i think he should work on the character issues that have most teams (seems like all team considering he is still a free agent) hesitant to give him their money. he has to understand when you are signed by a team, you are representing more than your last name. you are representing a franchise and a city. teams are not just giving you money to slouch, get fat, play with low IQ and have boneheaded moments. they are making an investment. and when you do things that do not fit what they picked you up for they feel like idiots for cosigning you by putting their brand on your back. if he can refocus, bring some sort of professionalism and love of the game through hard work not just saying it. because you can say you love the game all you want, there are a ton of guys on the street who probably love the game more than you who are just scratching and clawing their way at a chance for a sniff to play in the NBA and HE is one of the rare people who actually have the talent and he is allegedly lazy. that is a habit he has to erase. imagine if he trained with tim duncan in the summer, got timmy to give blatche an me..if blatche EVER got an endorsement from tim duncan, you can bet all 30 teams would be blowing up his phone in 5 minutes.

  5. seanb20124 - Aug 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    He can go to a contender, albeit on a short leash

  6. eventhorizon04 - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    He would need to accept the veteran’s minimum, no doubt, since nobody is going to give a guy more than that who is in effect being paid to no longer be on the Wizards.

    He mentions the Spurs and Heat, and they were the teams that come to mind – they’re both contenders who could use someone with height and athleticism, especially now with Dwight on the Lakers. They’re high-profile teams, meaning if he gets his act together, people will notice, and both teams have veteran players who will hold him accountable and can teach him how to approach the game as a professional.

    Celtics are another possible team, but they already have a big-man project in Fab Melo, so I’m not sure if they’d want to add another.

  7. dysraw1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    I kinda go with A Tolliver over this guy better D an less of a headache

  8. cantonbound13 - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    He & Bosh would make the softest front line in NBA history.

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