Blatche apologizes for his behavior

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A little while ago, Wizards forward Andray Blatche was benched by Flip Saunders for, as Saunders put it, “not wanting to be coached or wanting to play.” Blatche has since gone on the record to tell his side of the story, which is that he wanted to play but simply didn’t want to hear Flip tell him about his shot selection at that particular time. He has also refused to apologize for his actions up to this point, because he claimed he hadn’t done anything wrong.

According to the twitter feed of the Washington Post’s Michael Lee, Blatche has had a change of heart. According to Lee, Blatche admits that he “should have handled the situation better” and went on to say the following: 
“I owe an apology to the fans & to the organization, to [Flip], my teammates. It took some time, but I was wrong, I see that now.”
Blatche also had some words just for the fans:
“Nobody is perfect. If they forgive me, I’ll love that. If not, I’ll have to regain their trust back.”

Blatche’s play after the trade deadline has been one of the few bright spots for the Wizards this season. Unfortunately, his maturity level appears to still be a work in progress. Being patient with Blatche’s development on the court ended up paying off for the Wizards. Being patient with Blatche’s attitude off the court may pay dividends as well. With the Wizards currently riding a 13-game losing streak, it’s not like they have other talented players lining up to play for them. 

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.