WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's been just one game, and already Andray Blatche is sounding off. Give him this, though: at least he's sending the same message to the general public as he is to the media. Here's what he just tweeted:
All of you probably were taken aback by that tweet. Media members weren't, though, because he told us the exact same thing. Here's his quote.
"I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can't keep having me pick and pop and shoot jump shots. Give me the ball in the paint. That's where I'm most effective at. I've been saying that since training camp. I need the ball in the paint. I don't want to be the pick and pop guy I used to be, because that's not working for me. As I was saying, when the double team came, I kicked it out and we made good plays."
"I'm not saying the offense has to run through me," he continued. "But I prefer to be in the paint."
Blatche was asked to confirm if plays are called for him to pick and pop.
"It's our typical plays," he said. "But in a situation like this, you need to make them pay by throwing it down to me. If they're going to double-team me, let me kick it out, swing it around and somebody's going to get an open three. It's all about rotation and getting open shots. Why are we making it hard on ourselves?"
For the record, Blatche had two dunks, but otherwise missed all four of his shots inside of nine feet. Maybe that wasn't a great plan.
Told of Blatche's comments, John Wall made a face and seemed caught off guard.
"I don't know," he said. "In practice, he gets the ball on pick and pops, and in practice, he gets the ball on the block. Whatever the play is called, that's where the ball has to go."
"It depends what type of action," he said when asked if the Wizards would benefit more from Blatche in the low post. "He's a versatile big that can make shots on the pick and pop, and he has the size to dominate on the block when he gets it there."