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Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  14 responses

Andray Blatche’s Poorly Attended Wizards Team Workouts


Andray Blatche is trying to do the right thing in his efforts to become more of a team leader, but he could only manage to convince a few of his teammates to get in the same gym to work out together during the lockout. From the WaPo: “[Head coach Flip Saunders] handed Blatche a book on leadership that helped him understand that the role doesn’t come from scoring more points or making the most money, he said, ‘but a team leader is someone who holds the team together and makes it as one.’ A few weeks later, Blatche was on the phone with his teammates, trying to organize team workouts since there was a possibility that the season wouldn’t start on time. He originally tried to get players to connect in August, but settled on September, since most start trickling into town around Labor Day. Blatche, who will enter his seventh season this fall, said he got commitments from more than half of the players on the team, but when the workouts finally began this week at Columbia Gym in Clarksville, only Hamady Ndiaye and first-round pick Chris Singleton were able to join him. Blatche didn’t get the turnout he had hoped for, since some players decided to participate in trainer Joe Abunassar’s Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series in Las Vegas this week, and others elected to work out on their own. ‘The only thing that held us back was we had half the team booked, but when the Vegas thing came up, that changed a lot of guys’ minds,’ said Blatche, who was pleased to have an opportunity to work out and bond with Ndiaye and Singleton over the past three days.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    NOT MUCH HERE, VEGAS LEAGUE TOOK A FEW PLAYERS.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Ha, what do you expect. It’s Andray Blatche, the same guy that scolded his teammate for grabbing a rebound away from him in his futile attempt at a triple double. I’m surprised anyone even showed up to “workout” with this clown.

  • LP

    He shoulda had it at the strip club…

  • LA Huey

    It’s another step in the right direction but Blatche has to realize it takes more than an offseason’s worth of hard work and a children’s coloring book to erase a rep he spent years building.

  • http://adventoutpost.com Syl

    Shouldve went to Vegas and had it there since most teammates are there.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Cosign LA Huey. Definitely a step in the right direction, at least it was a better step than his colouring books. =P

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When you make your bed…

  • dma

    what surprises me is that Blatche has been in the league for SEVEN years. Has it really been that long? when does he lose the potential tag?

  • LA Huey

    @dma, he might never lose it. Ask Tim Thomas.

  • Will Lee

    haha why dun u invite them to your house?

  • chingy

    Wow a Tim Thomas reference! Dude was a pretty big part of one of those Suns run in the playoffs.

  • Seven Duece

    Damn, ya’ll; at least he’s trying to do the right thing.

  • LA Huey

    @chingy, Yeah, he’s always been big…when playing for a new contract. He hits the free agent market, teams are like “Looks like he’s finally figured it out, don’t want to pass on this”, then he loafs until…the last year of his deal.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    @ LA Huey. Preach. That’s what The Rental does. The absence of strip club jokes in the comments is fugazy at the very least!

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