With the latest goings-ons with Andray Blatche, I naturally was curious as to what two of the franchise’s more veteran players thought of the situation. Both Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood have played with Blatche for his entire career. So, it was worth asking them their opinion of the progress, especially maturity-wise, that Andray has made so far this season, and how big of a setback this latest one-game suspension for complaining about shots, among other things, was for the 23-year old, i.e., are those such as myself and Mike Jones overreacting to this most recent incident.
After the Pistons game, I posed some questions to each. One answered like a team captain, saying Blatche has got to “grow from it, and it’s not a time to really chastise him and dwell on it,” and also indicating that he would talk to Andray about it on the plane to Atlanta.
The other answered like … well, like he really didn’t want to answer. Just watch.
[Note #1: From the description above, you can probably figure out who was whom. It's worth noting that after I turned off the camera, Haywood said to me (half-jokingly), "I'm a vet, you're not going to get me like that."
I wasn't really trying to "get" Haywood, but I can certainly understand him taking a guarded approach with the media, especially in these times, and especially when some goofy white dude is following him a Flip Camera. To Haywood's credit, he also indicated he would speak with Andray on the plane.]
[Note #2: Apologies for the shoddy/shaky camera work, it's not always easy to follow, ask, frame and shoot, and look the subject in the eye.]