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This is the speech Andray Blatche gave to the fine folks at Verizon Center before Monday night’s season opener. It comes via the incomparable Web staff at CSN Washington
“How y’all doing? This is your captain, Andray Blatche. On behalf of myself, my teammates, the whole Washington Wizard organization, we want to say we strongly appreciate y’all sticking around all summer. It’s been a long summer. It’s a shortened season, but it’s gonna be tough, and we’re gonna need you guys — the best fans in the NBA — to be our sixth man. So in other words, let’s get this season started.”
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It might surprise you to know Andray Blatche is a team captain for the Washington Wizards. The sometimes moody Blatche is a middling player, averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game, although he shot just 44.5 percent from the floor and seemed to favor his mid-range jumper more than any post moves he might have.
But Blatche is a team captain, and you...
Typically it takes an NBA player at least a couple weeks of poor results to start complaining about his role in the offense. For Andray Blatche, all it takes is one game. Blatche is committed to being a leader for the Wizards this season and even went as far as to say he was willing to die for his teammates. After hearing his comments following Monday night’s opening game...
Andray Blatche was not made available on Tuesday, a day after he expressed his frustrations about how he was used in the Wizards’ opening night loss to the New Jersey Nets. He sneaked through the back exit after practice, and avoided crossing paths with reporters, but didn’t necessarily go quietly.
He responded to criticisms of his criticism of the coaching staff for not getting...
Andray Blatche approached the scorers’ table to check in the second quarter of the Wizards’ 101-83 defeat at Philips Arena, when a heckler seated nearby decided to give him a hard time. The man shouted, “How about another burger, Dray?!”
Blatche looked up, spotted the heckler and replied, “Got one?”
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Andray Blatche is not happy with how the Wizards are using him. The only real surprise there is it came after only one game rather than midway through the season. After the Wizards come-from-ahead loss Tuesday Blatche said he needs the ball in the paint to be effective and he’s been telling Flip Saunders that.…
The Washington Wizards opened the regular season on Monday with a loss to the New Jersey Nets at Verizon Center, blowing a 21-point first half lead.
After the game, Andray Blatche ignited a firestorm by calling for more touches in the paint, then telling his critics to “shut up” via Twitter. Check out Jason Reid’s take on Blatche’s qualifications to be team captain.
Andray Blatche talked about his criticisms over the play-calling in the Wizards' season-opening loss.
Andray Blatche says everybody needs to "shut up" about his criticisms over the play-calling in the Washington Wizards' season-opening loss. Blatche took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he wasn't calling out coach Flip Saunders after Monday night's defeat to the New Jersey Nets. Blatche says he had a bad game because he needs the ball in the post more, instead of out on the wing.
After a season-opening loss to the Nets, Andray Blatche took to Twitter to say that he was not being used to the best of his abilities.
It’s all so simple. Andray Blatche just wants the ball in the post. So he says we shouldn’t read his comments after last night’s game as calling out his coach. And teammates. Here is the quote. “I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can’t keep having me pick…
WASHINGTON — It took only one game for the new-look Wizards to resemble their same old dysfunctional selves.Andray Blatche took to Twitter yesterday to, in effect, criticize the way his criticisms were criticized following the Wizards’ season-opening loss to the Nets.“Every body need to shut up I didn’t...
Already this year, we’ve seen Washington get embarrassed at home in a preseason game and now they’ve lose their opener to the New Jersey Nets after going up 36-12 in the first half. Afterwards, disagreements between players and coaches spilled into the media; Andray Blatche ripped Flip Saunders‘ play-calling and offense after he heard some [...]
You never want to overreact to one game, especially since there are 65 more to go, but the Wizards couldn’t have had a more discouraging start to the season. They blew a 21-point lead at home to the equally lousy New Jersey Nets and several problems prematurely bubbled to the surface.
Andray Blatche played poorly but blamed the play-calling for his performance. John...
It took only one game for the new-look Washington Wizards to resemble their same old dysfunctional selves. Andray Blatche took to Twitter on Tuesday to, in effect, criticize the way his criticisms were criticized following the Wizards' season-opening loss to the New Jersey Nets.
Head Coach: Flip Saunders (third season, 49-115; 16th season overall, 636-511) Assistant Coaches: Randy Wittman, Don Zierden, Sam Cassell, Ryan Saunders, Gene Banks Andray Blatche, F Ht/Wt: 6-11, 267 Last Yr: 16.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg The knock on Blatche has been his maturity and focus. He promises that will change. ...