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Stay Waiting On Andray Blatche

Updated: March 3, 2009

The Wizards stay waiting on the potential of Andray BlatcheAndray Blatche had a great start to last night’s game against the Hawks. He hit three open jumpers that Atlanta gave to him, and a crazy out-of-control runner for eight points in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, in the second half, he settled for jumpers. And the times he did drive to the hoop, he seemed to easily bobble the ball away as if he didn’t value it with intensity.

But that’s the Andray Blatche we know….a foundering soul from whom we keep expecting big things.

In the post game show, Comcast’s Ron Thompson and Chris Miller dubbed Blatche a “20 & 10 waiting to happen.”

But how long are we supposed to wait?

Fine, Andray will only be 23 in August. But still, even when the kid appears to be hustling, his game lacks energy.

What will it take to light a fire under Blatche, and for him to show some Paul Milsap or Jason Maxiel style hustle?

A contract? Well, he got an extension this past summer that will pay him $9.78 million total after this season and through 2011-12…at least he’s affordable.

Second chances? If surviving gun shots and John school doesn’t kick your ass in gear…..

Playing time? With all the injuries, he’s received plenty of chances this season.

Exactly…I’ve personally got little confidence that the kid will ever put “it” together.

Trade Andray Blatche… him while you can Ernie Grunfeld. Trade him while some other GM still believes. Trade him this summer so the team can be better and have real championship hopes.

Wizards-Hawks Game Links:

Joe Cool: Wizards Game 60 Blog vs. Atlanta Hawks – Bullets Forever

[Wizards Outlet]

The Wizards just didn’t have the extra punch that they needed to overcome a better — but haggard — Atlanta team. You’d have to think if they had Caron Butler tonight, Washington could’ve gotten that first divisional win.

[Washington Times]

Without Butler and guard DeShawn Stevenson, who is set for season-ending back surgery Thursday, the Wizards dressed just 10 players. Washington also was forced to utilize its 13th starting lineup, which featured Mike James at point guard, Dominic McGuire at shooting guard, Andray Blatche at small forward, Jamison at power forward and Darius Songaila at center.

“It’s a problem for me to give a guy named Zaza 19 rebounds. It just is.” Ed Tapscott

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

The Hawks spent four hours stewing on an airplane after Sunday’s last-second loss to Cleveland, courtesy of the winter storms that blew through Atlanta and on to Washington overnight.

That was four more than Marvin Williams needed to think about what the Hawks didn’t do in that crushing loss.

So by the time the Hawks took the floor against Washington Monday at Verizon Center, Williams and his Hawks teammates were eager to purge those nasty thoughts from their system.

Question: Should the Wizards use cheerleaders for a “stimulus” plan ad, or Girl Scouts with their current “Character, Commitment, Connection” slogan?

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.