It's ironic timing, but about a week ago I was thinking about how much confidence the team, coaching staff, and front office was publicly giving Andray Blatche. It seemed like whenever the media asked about Dray, the answer was always very supportive and complementary. This caught my attention because I looked at this season as a "make or break" year for him and I think so did most of the fans and the media asking the questions. Yet the organization seems to be supporting him fully and that was shockingly apparent when he grabbed the mic before yesterday's game and addressed the fans as the team's new captain...I nearly fell off the couch!
Nothing Blatche has done should have garnered this much positive attention or praise. One of the "what the %#&@?" moments I had and when this totally grabbed my attention was when Flip Saunders gave him the hard hat after the team's first practice. The same guy that was easily 10 lbs over weight, finishing last in sprints, and lacking a minimal level of conditioning! Despite Andray coming in out of shape they praised him, publicly supported him, and put him in front of the media for a Q & A alongside John Wall.
The recent news of Dray going to Twitter and complaining falls completely in line with the Andray Blatche that has plagued this team for over six seasons. There's a reason why there aren't many teams knocking on the Wizards door about a 25 year old 6'11, 260 lbs, PF with good skills. There's a reason why Andray Blatche was/is scheduled to host a NYE party when the team hosts Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics at 6pm the next day. There's a reason why he's been called a "cancer" throughout his career.
But what were the Wizards to do? Trade away a talented young "big" and watch him develop into the player they hoped he'd mature into? They've done that before....remember Chris Webber or Rasheed Wallace? I think Dray put the Wizards in a tough position, but to date I think they could part ways with him and sleep peacefully knowing they gave him every opportunity as a Washington Wizard to be successful and he failed at every opportunity, however there's still 65 games left for him to prove the majority of us wrong (or right).
The season has just begun and so far they're ahead in "soap opera" situations to wins, with their captain, Andray Blatche doing something that we would reluctantly accept from a rookie, not a 7 year veteran. Blatche has already ruffled feathers, he threw his coaches and PG under the bus. He might not have said names, but when you talk about plays being called and passes being thrown, you are directly drawing a line to connect those dots. This is not what a captain does, this is not what a NBA veteran does, and most importantly this is not the culture that Ted Leonsis is striving for daily with this franchise.
The organization has done everything possible to make Blatche feel comfortable, wanted, and successful. What's that old saying ,"you can take a horse to water"? Well, the Wizards have lead him, with kid gloves to the ocean.