Andray Blatche Wants to Go from ‘Zero to Hero’

by October 15, 2012

According to Andray Blatche, he was getting almost no support at all as his time in Washington came to an end. And that’s why he chose to wear the number zero as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Explains the NY Post: “The 6-foot-11 Syracuse product chose to wear No. 0 after signing with Brooklyn, a reminder of the amount of support he felt he had after the Wizards used the amnesty clause to rid themselves of the remainder of his three-year, $23 million contact. ‘Everybody thought I was going to be out of the league,’ Blatche said. ‘Zero reminds me I didn’t have any support system outside of my immediate family, nobody who thought I was going to bounce back and get on another team.’ […] Blatche will see his old teammates for the first time tonight when the Nets open the Barclays Center for basketball with a preseason game against Washington. The game doesn’t hold any extra significance to him. Blatche does remember those who doubted him — though he didn’t name names — after he was let go from Washington, the reason he chose to wear No. 0. He also picked it in honor of former Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas, whom he said he learned a great deal from at the start of his career. ‘I kind of like his motto: ‘From zero to hero,’ Blatche said. ‘Hopefully I can come from being nothing to something.'”