Andray Blatche Hears Less Boos on the Road

by January 24, 2012

Andray Blatche and Washington Wizards fans aren’t exactly getting along, and the Wizards’ forward says that it’s easier for him to play in enemy territory these days. From the Washington Times: “He doesn’t have to worry about the fan reaction when his name is called during pregame introductions, or hear a chorus of boos every time he misses a shot. He does his best to tune it out, but Andray Blatche understands that for most Wizards fans, he’s become the poster child for all that ails Washington in its 2-14 start. Relaxing with his teammates in the visitors’ locker room Monday, Blatche admitted that his confidence might be a little bit down, and knows he’s struggling with his game right now. ‘It’s probably because they expect better of me,’ Blatche said of fans who boo him. ‘They could be right, I don’t know. For some reason, I’m just in this big funk. I can’t hit a shot, can’t do what I want, it’s just crazy.’ But things are sometimes easier on the road. ‘I actually come out and I’m not so hesitant,’ Blatche said. ‘I do what I really want to do, and not worry about getting booed.’ […] ‘Once we start doing better as a team, get a few ‘W’s’, things will change,’ he said. ‘When you’re losing, everything is under a magnifying glass.’ Roger Mason Jr. believes Blatche looks forward to road games, because no player wants to be booed at home. ‘It’s a difficult situation, but I think he’s handling it well,’ Mason said. ‘The biggest thing I tell him is, ‘You just have to stay positive.’ We need him out there. It’s kind of counterproductive [the booing], but at the same time, fans have a right to voice their opinion, so he’s just got to fight through it.'”