After a dreadful season that saw him put up the worst numbers of his career since his rookie year, get deactivated for being too fat and be the only Wizard knucklehead that no one else in the league wanted to trade for, Andray Blatche has become the stand-in for everything that is wrong with the NBA. He’s a young player who doesn’t work hard enough or earn his salary and he got his big contract way too early, which might make him our generation’s Derrick Coleman, only without the All-Star talent and Final Four bona fides.
Everybody hates Andray Blatche, with reason. He’s such a disaster, in fact, that even other NBA coaches are using him as an example for how not to handle young players. Peep what Doc Rivers had to say while talking about why he didn’t play Avery Bradley from the jump. From ESPN:
Rivers absorbed some criticism for not giving Bradley quality minutes sooner, but the coach said even with the benefit of hindsight, he wouldn’t do it differently.
“You can’t hand it to them,” Rivers said. “I look at the Washington [Wizards] model, where they played Andray Blatche and those guys, and what did it teach them? That they’re going to play them anyway?”
As Mike Prada and Jake Whitacre point out, former Washington coach Flip Saunders served as consultant for the Celtics during the postseason, which is probably how Doc had this zinger in his pocket, ready to drop any time someone asked about young players. But still, even if there’s a reason, it doesn’t make Andray Blatche any less of a joke. If a guy like Doc Rivers is throwing your name around, things probably haven’t gone so well in your career.
Of course, using Andray Blatche as your argument might be counterproductive. After all, not every young player possesses the perfect combination of talent, laziness and selfishness necessary to keep getting contracts and playing time while still being despised by coaches around the league. In Doc’s case, it’s hard to envision Avery Bradley getting playing time early in his career, then spending every night at a Chipotle getting two meats in every burrito, plus sour cream and guacamole. The danger you run in to when comparing things to the worst case scenario is that no one is going to take you seriously.
That being said, I suppose it’s good to know that even the guys who run NBA teams look at Andray Blatche and take pause. We are not alone in thinking he’s a huge disappointment. Between this and the Wizards being unable to find someone to trade for him, it’s nice knowing that common sense still exists.
(via Mike Prada)