Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  15 responses

Andray Blatche Already Unhappy With His Role in the Wizards’ Offense

The Andray Blatche Experience is off to a terrific start in Washington, as Blatche blew up when talking to the press (and on Twitter) following the Wizards’ season-opening loss to the New Jersey Nets. Per the Washington Examiner: “Wizards head coach Flip Saunders was asked if it was a lack of trust. He framed it differently. ‘Is it trust, or is it, ‘I think that I can make a play to get us going again,’ and you try to do it individually,’ Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said. ‘In our league, you can’t do it, unless you’re one of the elite players. We don’t have anyone that’s at that elite status right now like a Deron Williams, that can just take the game over, that can just take the game over whether he’s scoring, passing, setting people up.’ Blatche, who finished with 11 points – only one in the fourth quarter – along with nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a pair of turnovers, said Saunders must’ve meant that comment to be about him. ‘He probably was talking about me,’ Blatche said. ‘Because for the simple fact that I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can’t keep having me pick-and-pop, and shooting 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 that I used to be. It’s not working for me. The double-team came, I kicked it out, we made good plays. I’m not saying the offense has to run through me, but I prefer to be in the paint.’ Blatche was asked further about the Wizards’ strategy down the stretch. ‘The plays we were running, it was our typical plays,’ Blatche said. ‘But in a situation like this we need to make them pay by throwing it down to me. If they’re going to double-team me, let me kick it out and we swing it around and somebody get an open 3. It’s all about rotation and getting open shots, not making it hard on ourselves.’”

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  • T-Money

    you know what? for once, i’m not mad. a 7-footer wanting to be in the paint is never a bad thing.

  • boboho

    flip saunders still has job?smh

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    Actually, he’s right. I watched the Wizards/Nets game last night, and sure enough, in the 4th quarter, John Wall was drawing a double team, and Blatche, Mr. 7, was wide open. Instead of passing it to Mr. Blatche, Mr. Wall took it to the rim, just to get his shot blocked. It was crazy. I was like, uhm, Blatche is wide open. Give him the ball and let him go to work. At least, that’s what I said to the t.v. It’s gonna be a long year for the Wizards faithful, like myself. At least I still have N.Y. and OKC to cheer for.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Flip should stop running isolations if he doesn’t want his team to play 1 on 1. We can see your offense with our eyes coach, we can see that every play ends in an isolation. practice what you preach and maybe your players won’t do the exact opposite of what your saying too the media.

  • Nella

    “This is your captain”…what a freaking joke.

  • T-Ray

    He has a good idea to be honest. I mean he’s not really complaining about getting more shots but really opening up the floor to create better scoring opportunities. What coach wouldn’t want that? But it’s Flip we’re talking about smh

  • The Truther

    Blatche is ridicoulous! he just jacks up shots from wherever, and john wall is a lil overrated in my opinion.. the wizards are a perfect example of selfish basketball. lol the Wizards were up like 20 something in the 2nd Q and lost to the nets without Brook Lopez haha its gonna be a long season for them

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  • Heals

    Yeah cause Dre is so pass-first by nature anyway, it’s no surprise he just wants that play to be reciprocated by his teammates…

  • iLL will

    Blatche has a legit point. SMH at Flip Saunders offense.

  • Tom

    Saunders and many of the “professional” writers have previously complained about Blatche taking jump shots rather than getting into the paint and posting his man. Now Blatche says he needs to get the ball in the paint and not be taking jump shots and he’s painted as disagreeing with his coach. Short memories folks!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign T Money. Blatche can be a headcase but he’s way too talented not to be fed in the paint. A legit seven footer with his skillset wanting to post-up instead of throwing up jumpers is the complete opposite of 98% of players like him.

  • MikeK13

    When I see andray blatche I think of when he needed one more board to get a trip-dub and him begging yi jian le to let him get it

  • UltimaCarta

    What a tool.

    Ask for the ball in the post when you develop a post game. Blatche is the poor poor poor poor poor man’s version of Lamar Odom.