I’m teetering on becoming a “one-trick pony” when it comes to Andray Blatche. Or perhaps I’m like a ground hog that just sits fat and only looks for its shadow once a year. All I know is that the boiling point with Andray’s on-court problem pertaining to the Wizards’ overall ineptitude is not just about him, and it goes far beyond my critique on this little chunk of the world wide web.
So please, allow me to apologize for whatever it is that I am apologizing for. It won’t last forever, I promise. Now, I’d like to wish you a Happy Groundhog Dray. Yes, Groundhog Dray … which I’ve found to be an appropriate nickname for Blatche on multiple levels. Harrison Goodman (@GoodmanHarrison) adds via Twitter: “Plus he usually comes out in the spring when the season is over with anyway.”
You see, today is actually Groundhog Day … and evidently Punxsutawney Phil has indicated that we will get an early spring. Would this mean that a Blatche trade is in the works before this month’s trade deadline? Well, if you gauge your weather plans by a groundhog, perhaps so. But also know that there are a ton of groundhogs out there, such as Mountain Maryland Murray (who indicates there will be more winter, BTW), running around doling out haphazard predictions.
Fact is, you’ll be hard-pressed to scare up a championship caliber player, coach or GM who would welcome Blatche as part of their NBA title efforts. Some sleep at night knowing that other GMs like David Kahn are still out there, but even he has his doubts.
So prepare yourselves, Wizards fans, to assume the role of Bill Murray … in that you will see Blatche (or Ned Ryerson, whomever first comes to mind), committing the same defensive mistakes over and over and over again. And the team will continue to provide their beleaguered player with ample amounts of support along with heavy doses of tender, loving care. Not necessarily the wrong move, but an unfortunate move … because they know that they are likely “stuck” with Blatche after signing him to an affordable extension this past summer in hopes that it’d be a confidence boost to him. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way.
A connected league source once told me that Blatche has to be over-coached at the risk of losing him, right before relaying the sentiment from another GM that Blatche simply was not a winner. Who knows if the Wizards are over- or under-coaching him now, but the results are certainly mixed like what they find in the bar rag at the Shadow Room club every night.
Remembering Groundhog Days of the Past…