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spreadeagle
08-19-2012, 03:27 PM
Andray Blatche, an unrestricted free agent forward after the Washington Wizards released him using the amnesty clause earlier this summer, says he is ready to play anywhere, including the NBA's developmental league.

In a lengthy Syracuse.com feature, Blatche cops to some immaturity over the course of his career in Washington and admits to conditioning issues that wound up getting him shut down last season. He says that he's rededicated himself to the sport, losing 14 pounds and working with mentor John Lucas to get his career turned back around.

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.

Any time a 25-year-old forward two seasons removed from averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds is paid $23 million to not show up for work by a basement-dwelling team that's desperate for improvement, you know bridges were absolutely torched. When that same player clears the amnesty waiver pool and then goes a month without signing any sort of deal, even a veteran's minimum contract, there's little doubt things were even worse behind the scenes than they were in the headlines, which included arrests, punching a teammate, spats with coaches, and the infamous "Lapdance Tuesday" promotion.

Paying his dues in the D-League wouldn't be the worst idea at this point. With 5-to-10 potential years of basketball left and with salary already coming his way thanks to Washington's amnesty, Blatche needs to move deliberately here, finding positive environments where he can turn the attention of NBA decision-makers back to the merits of his game rather than his lengthy list of off-court exploits.

Blatche showed that he was completely incapable of handling leadership responsibilities in Washington and the Wizards' losing ways likely made it harder for him to remain focused on his game, as climbing out of the lottery with such a young, immature and disjointed roster of teammates probably felt like an impossible task.

If Blatche is going to succeed in creating a second chapter for himself, it will likely need to come on a veteran-dominated, playoff-bound team where he can play a specific role as a productive reserve. No real pressure, no real responsibilities, no real expectations. That's the realistic end goal. Who knows if he will make it there.
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/eye-on-basketball/19829393/andray-blatche-needs-a-job-and-willing-to-consider-the-d-league

SteBO
08-19-2012, 03:30 PM
Coming to the harsh reality that he's been terribly slacking off for a couple of years and is not garnering any attention from NBA teams will do this. Maybe this is the slap in the face he needed to understand that he's fortunate to be in the NBA to begin with.

D12 fan
08-19-2012, 03:32 PM
That bum needs to join Miami they need all the help they can get especially if they face the Lakers in the Finals.

JasonJohnHorn
08-19-2012, 03:32 PM
I'm surprised nobody has picked him up yet. I mean... I realize he really took a step back last season, but he's proved he can compete in the league and there are tons of teams that could use a back-up forward.

KNICKS R BACK
08-19-2012, 03:52 PM
honestly, i would give him a shot on the knicks for the vets min...i feel that there is enough veteran leadership and that there are enough strong personalities on the knicks to keep him in line and help mentor him

greg_ory_2005
08-19-2012, 04:39 PM
That lazy piece of crap doesn't deserve to be on an nba team. Even though, I thought someone woulda at least took a risk. I mean if eddy curry can make a team, anyone can.

justinnum1
08-19-2012, 04:40 PM
That bum needs to join Miami they need all the help they can get especially if they face the Lakers in the Finals.

More like if the lakers can make the finals. OKC perimiter game is to much for LA.

Punk
08-19-2012, 05:14 PM
Miami, SA and NY were all real interested in him until his camp uttered the words "Play for vet min this season then look to get paid next year"

Now, nobody wants him. The D-League doesn't even pay 1.2 million dollars and they don't even have any private flights, buses or catering. It's a whole new world, he better get used to it.

D12 fan
08-19-2012, 05:20 PM
More like if the lakers can make the finals. OKC perimiter game is to much for LA.

Yeah you said in the Heat forum you was looking foward to beating LA in the finals,now you're saying OKC will make the Finals.

Which is it?

SeoulBeatz
08-19-2012, 05:30 PM
Blatche sucks. Probably the only player in the NBA I truly dislike. No effort on the court, problems off the court, and I like how he lists Miami and the Spurs as destinations. You'll be lucky to play on the Bobcats the way you've acted your whole career.

He clearly still doesn't get it.

spurs4#5
08-19-2012, 05:43 PM
I wouldn't mind him on the spurs for the vet min...even if it is only for a year...he could learn a thing or two from Duncan and pop

seikou8
08-19-2012, 05:50 PM
heisnot that bad come on now he can get nba job , imean if turiar or eddy curry or kurt Thomas canget job he can too

Chronz
08-19-2012, 05:59 PM
I would definitely take a flier on him if Im Miami or SAS.

lkingratedr
08-19-2012, 06:01 PM
Still surprised the Knicks haven't took at least a flyer out on him ... But that pay day statement makes team back off

KNICKS R BACK
08-19-2012, 06:03 PM
I would definitely take a flier on him if Im Miami or SAS.

LOL! love your sig...Chris Dudley might be the worst player to ever play in the NBA...Shaq sonned him LMFAO

KNICKS R BACK
08-19-2012, 06:04 PM
Still surprised the Knicks haven't took at least a flyer out on him ... But that pay day statement makes team back off

well thats why we should let him use us for the 1 year at vets min. then let somebody else pay him...or not pay him LOL...he would have to have a pretty amazing season in order to get big money next year

SMH!
08-19-2012, 06:08 PM
Yeah you said in the Heat forum you was looking foward to beating LA in the finals,now you're saying OKC will make the Finals.

Which is it?

hahah damn you just put that man in quiet time

D-Leethal
08-19-2012, 08:06 PM
I don't see how teams would have a problem with him saying he wants to take the vets min, have a good season and get a multi year deal? Isn't that the plan for pretty much all minimum salary players who aren't on the tail end of their careers? I'm sure thats pretty much what teams would expect his plans to be when signing a vet min contract at 25 yrs old.

Gritz
08-19-2012, 08:17 PM
Coming to the harsh reality that he's been terribly slacking off for a couple of years and is not garnering any attention from NBA teams will do this. Maybe this is the slap in the face he needed to understand that he's fortunate to be in the NBA to begin with.

This

Gritz
08-19-2012, 08:58 PM
not at all considering justin didn't even say what the howard fan boy claims, he didn't do ****.

Not sure if you're a groupie or dupe?

hugepatsfan
08-19-2012, 09:10 PM
Doesn't the D League already have enough ****ty players?

SteBO
08-19-2012, 09:23 PM
Another thread ruined. Good job on keeping this thread on topic guys......