Andray Blatche, like all human beings, is a big mess of contradictions. He’s supremely talented, but hardly motivated. He could be his team’s leader, but he seems more concerned with statistics. He often talks about youthful mistakes, but he’s been in the NBA for half a decade. Clearly, this is a man who is inspired by the airbrushed yin-yang t-shirts of yore.
Never has this been more apparent than in a radio interview he did over the weekend, which has been lovingly documented by the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg. To wit, here’s Blatche talking about his reputation as a soft player:
“I mean, a finesse player is gonna be called soft, so it don’t bother me much,” Blatche said. “But I’m far from soft. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”
You see, “finesse” makes people think “soft,” but Blatche isn’t soft even though he is finessed. And even though he’s telling it how it is, that’s just his opinion. Maybe he is wrong, maybe not. That’s for you to decide.
But that’s not it. Blatche also expounded on the concept of fitness as it pertained to Andray Blatche.
“As far as my body, of course the foot injury [held him back], but besides that, I lift,” Blatche said. “When I do lift, I’m the type of person, I don’t see results at all. I mean, I tried everything, man. I got a chef so I could start getting as healthy as I could eat. I don’t know what it is, man. I’m trying.”
Blatche lifts, because that’s the sort of thing an NBA player should do to maintain his body, but lifting does nothing for Blatche, making him the first athlete who has got nothing from weight training. Also, even though he has a personal chef to “start getting as healthy as [he] could eat,” Blatche still goes out for late night snacks to sate his hunger. The man is a conundrum wrapped inside a riddle carefully wrapped inside an aluminum foil Chipotle burrito wrapper.
Basically, he’s a human.