Andray Blatche: ‘I Eat Late, That’s How I Gain Weight’

by November 05, 2010

Blatche, in what sounds like an interview on Oprah’s couch, explains to the WaPo why he’s so out of shape and has been playing poorly. In short, he can’t stop eating fatty foods: “He does not have the same explosiveness that he had last year,’ Coach Flip Saunders said of Blatche, who is working himself back from breaking his foot last June. ‘As he continues to get in shape that explosiveness will come.’ Since returning a few days into training camp, Blatche has been trying to get his conditioning back to where it was before the injury. He is taking extra sprints after practice, showing up at 10 p.m. to shoot and said he recently decided to remove red meat from his diet. But getting in shape remains a challenge. Blatche admits that he often has a hard time sleeping at night and rarely closes his eyes before 1:30 a.m. If he’s in bed before then, he’ll click the remote and watch some television until he dozes off. But staying up late usually leads to cravings for snacks. ‘I eat late, that’s how I gain weight,’ Blatche said. He once could cover for those poor eating habits through extra training, but they became a problem when the foot injury made him more sedentary. It also made his recovery more difficult.”