The Washington Wizards are an absolute mess this year. Of course, there’s the Gilbert Arenas gun fiasco, players refusing to enter games, the breakup of their nucleus, and perhaps the most fan apathy in the league outside of New Jersey.
The one player who actually had a lot to gain was Andray Blatche. When Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were shipped out of town, he actually started stepping it up big time, and actually playing the best basketball of his professional career.
It didn’t take long for the Blatche honeymoon period to end. He was the Wizard that refused to enter the game. That is a much bigger deal than you might think. Scottie Pippen is now a Hall of Famer, but one of the happenings remembered most about him is his refusal to enter a game when Toni Kucoc was elected to take a game winning shot.
It has become abundantly clear that Blatche is a “numbers guy”, or a player who has a HUGE interest in his personal statistics. Last week, he was just one rebound shy of his first career triple double, and as a “numbers guy”, he had to have it. Check out this video.
He is visibly upset when he’s called for the foul, gets pissed off when his teammate “stole” his rebound, then was playing his hardest in the last ten seconds of a meaningless game in trying to chase down a Net, then intentionally missing a shot at the buzzer in hoping to get his own board.
He didn’t get it, and he didn’t deserve it.
I can’t stand players like this. I know the Wizards had nothing to play for, but to be this obvious about obtaining one rebound was disgusting. You could argue that LeBron sometimes tries a little harder when he knows he’s nearing a triple double, but he doesn’t act like it’s the end of the world when he doesn’t get it.
LeBron has a little bit of “numbers guy” in him, but he gets his numbers 99% of the time naturally throughout the game. He recently said he could win the scoring title every year if he wanted to (he definitely could), but team goals outweigh individual accolades each and every time.
Andray, go ahead and call Ricky Davis, maybe you guys can talk about how you were oh so close to a triple double.