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81 games into season, Carlesimo says Blatche not in shape

Apr 16, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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Andre Blatche is having the best season of his career — sure, he’s scored more than his 10.1 points a game but he has been an efficient center off the bench for the Nets behind Brook Lopez. Look at it this way, his PER jumped from a “maybe he should be in the D-League” 10.7 last season to a “maybe he should be an All-Star” 22.3.

Part of the reason is Blatche made a commitment last summer to getting in better shape.

But apparently not enough of one, if you ask Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets rested pretty much every key player in their rotation Monday night and Blatche got a lot of extra minutes — 37 of them. And this is what Carlesimo told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News afterwards.

“Dray was the only one I felt bad about (playing a lot of minutes). And frankly, he needs conditioning,” Carlesimo said “So I thought it was okay. He needs some conditioning and he obviously wants to play against (the Wizards) because he played there. … We thought Dray was going good and the conditioning is good for him.”

In the playoffs, Blatche will go back to playing about 12 minutes a game. Maybe less.

But now he’s got something to keep working on this season.

  1. yeezycray - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    truly pathetic

  2. pl4tinum514 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Maybe he’ll start to care about his conditioning once he realizes how awesome making the playoffs is.

    • eugenesaxe - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      The Knicks have been all-but-guaranteed a playoff spot from day 1, it doesn’t seem to have made any difference so far.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    No need to get into shape when you’re not playing more than five games in the playoffs. He’s got all summer to get into shape.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Knick fans have plenty of experience with one-and-done playoff trips.

  4. eugenesaxe - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Isn’t he playing for his next contract? If that doesn’t get a knucklehead into shape, nothing will.

  5. spthegr8 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Well I for one am SHOCKED!!!! If you followed him in D.C, this isn’t exactly BREAKING NEWS!!!! Some guys GET IT & some guys don’t. He CLEARLY doesn’t get it & won’t until its prob too late. It’s a shame cuz he’s talented.

  6. boston444 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Andray* not andre

  7. 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    What a piece of work. Paid millions to exercise. Decides nah, I love krispy kreme too much.

  8. thenew013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    wow. picky coach. so much improvment and he still finds something to complain about. he did say it nicely though unlike mayos coach.

  9. cantonbound13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    So sad when a professional athlete is not in shape.

  10. badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    He’ll get in great shape at his new job, collecting carts for Wal-Mart

  11. dukepatrol - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    He has had a terrific season for the Nets. He didn’t look out of shape when he was scoring key buckets all season long for the Nets. He was a great pickup

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