Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/8/12

Andray Blatche’s history of poor decisions is well documented. During his seven-year NBA career, he has come off as more focused on strippers and breaking the law than improving his game.

For a guy that came into the league with a ton of talent and promise, he has to go down as one of the biggest disappointments of all time. Blatche bottomed out last year when he got cut from the Washington Wizards for lack of conditioning. Nobody wanted to touch this guy because no amount of skill is worth the headache that he brings to the table.

But he may be finally getting it together.

Blatche enlisted the help of former NBA player John Lucas, who has a history of getting players on the right path. He spent three months in Houston working with Lucas, receiving counseling, training and nutritional help. Blatche is already down 20 lbs. to 265 and he is hoping to go for five more.

Combine this with his move to Brooklyn to join the Nets, and Blatche could really turn things around.

The environment in Washington was ripe for someone who lacked focus. The entire team has been a big sideshow for the last couple of years, ever since Gilbert Arenas’ stunt with the gun in the locker room. He’ll surely see much more discipline with the Nets.

Lucas has high hopes for Blatche, saying he just lost his way because he entered the NBA as a teenager and quickly became complacent.

“I just think Andray forgot how to work,” Lucas said, adding, “People stopped believing in him, and he stopped believing in himself.”

Anyone who saw Blatche play back at the end of the 2010 season knows what he is capable of, he just has not had the motivation in a long time. If the Nets have the secret to inspiring him, they may have picked up a great asset for their future.

Image: ExpressNBA.com

[follow]

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bears trade up one spot with 49ers for Mitch Trubisky

Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett with No. 1 overall pick

Matt Carpenter’s walk-off grand slam was pretty rare

Report: Rajon Rondo ruled out for Game 6 against Celtics

NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Sherman wants to be traded to Patriots

Report: Carmelo Anthony trying to save marriage with wife La La

Yoenis Cespedes exits game with left hamstring pull

Colts' David Parry pleads guilty, faces three years in prison

Report: Former Washington GM running scouting service, advising NFL teams

NFL to honor late Steelers owner Dan Rooney during draft

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

Box Score 4/27: Waiting for Goodell to call our name

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Box Score 4/26: NFL Draft eve

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Bonehead blunder that watered down the 1931 AL home run crown' quiz

Draft prospects we're most excited to see in the NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker