So here's the scene. Thirty seconds left. T.O. and K-Mart are ahead, 74-72. The ball's in Andray Blatche's hands. He's been a turnover machine all day, and also missed a dunk spectacularly, but he did those 'Dre things that captivate Wiz fans, draining threes, going way up in the air, driving like a guard. Now Blatche makes his move on Kenyon Martin, and Martin swats the ball out of bounds with 5 seconds left. Blatche thinks he's fouled. No call. No respect.
The ball gets inbounded to Blatche, and he chucks up a three and is fouled. Chaos ensues. Three seconds left. Blatche needs to make three to win, two to tie, and Martin's all in his face, chattering, telling him about the pressure. The coaches keep coming out on the floor. Blatche backs off, then comes to the line.
The first shot clanks. The second shot clanks. Blatche walks away in horror. Terrell Owens and Kenyon Martin celebrate. Caron Butler strides around, grinning, with both hands wrapped around his neck. Blatche's celebrity coaches--Alesha Renee and Rocsi--stomp around the court in anger. Blatche misses the third on purpose, but the rebound goes to the Wiz, and Blatche's chance to be a hero is gone. A celebrity basketball hero, but still.
"YOU FAILED," Renee said to Blatche after the game. "We got robbed, we got robbed terribly, and I'm extremely disappointed."
"We are obviously disappointed in Andray's actions and expect him to use better judgment, especially in light of his past incidents," Grunfeld said in a statement Thursday. "However, we will handle this matter internally and will have no further comment."