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 and pop and shoot jump shots. Give me the ball in the paint. That’s where I’m most effective at. I’ve been saying that since training camp. I need the ball in the paint. I don’t want to be the pick and pop guy I used to be, because that’s not working for me.”
Using Blatche and effective — or efficient — in the same sentence is questionable, whether or not he is in the post.
Anyway, saying you’ve been asking for more play in the paint since training camp but it’s not happening is now not calling out your coach. That’s what Blatche said on twitter.
Okay. We’ll shut up. Coach Flip Saunders basically blew it off when reporters asked him about the comments.
But in the end does this help a Wizards team that blew a 20-point lead to a not very impressive Nets team? Maybe not, but as Frank Hanrahan points out at CSNWashington.com, at least Blatche cares about the loss. Which is a nice change of pace.