Let me go to my music roots and quote the title of a great track by Avicii, "Enough is Enough." No, That's not that Flo Rida remix or "the one that goes dun dun dun, dunnn nah nah nah nah nah nah nah." Believe it or not, I've actually had someone sing "Levels" to me in a loud DJ booth as if I wasn't a real DJ. Let's just say that I much prefer Etta James' singing as oppose to white girl Sally. I could write a whole article about experiences in a DJ booth but I'm over this circus act and I'm tired of my city, team and fellow fans supporting someone who clearly does nothing but care about her own intentions. No, I'm not talking about Sally, but rather her older sister Andray.
At what point do we just let it go and cut ties? Clearly the benching wasn't enough, missing games due to injury wasn't enough, and now that he's back in the line-up, all Blatche seems to do is droop his shoulders and cry to the media.
NEWSFLASH DRAY: When your team is 8-29 and you're one of the higher paid players on the team, no one cares if you're upset that you're being boo'd at your arena. Just ask Rashard Lewis how it feels to go in to a game knowing that you're stealing money from a fan base. He's the expert.
I'm usually the first one to give people the benefit of the doubt. In the past, it's come back to haunt me because I'm one of those people who feel as though I might be expecting too much out of someone.
Well, forgive me for thinking that being a professional is asking for too much out of Andray Blatche. You may or may not have heard Blatche's most recent comments following the Wizards most recent loss to Golden State. It was a game in which Dray was not a factor in any way and was serenaded with a chorus of boos that at one point was so loud I could hear it over his sister's off tuned rendition of "Levels" in my left ear.
My ears are still ringing.
As if 4 points and 4 rebounds wasn't enough.
As if a 5'9 Nate Robinson out jumping and out hustling a 6'11 supposed “power forward" in the 4th quarter wasn't enough.
Andray felt the need to go Bingo Players style and "Cry Just a Little" (another music reference) to the Washington media.
"In the long run, it not only hurts me, but it hurts my teammates."
Really? Did you really just say that it hurts your teammates when YOU get boo'd on your own home court? Let me just make sure I got that right. You mean to tell me John Wall's performance is negatively affected because the fans decide to boo you? Interesting you say that Dray because I was starting to get worried. For a second there I was actually beginning to think that you just weren't a good basketball player but I'll attempt to think out loud for a few moments and brainstorm.
Over his last 7 games, John's been averaging almost 30 points a game and 6 assists. So I don't think John's been affected one bit. I don't think Jordan Crawford cared for how much you think his performance is being affected while he was single handedly owning the Cleveland Cavaliers and sparking his team to victory. I don't think Jan Vesely minds seeing more playing time and finishing plays from John Wall. Call me crazy, but I don't think Trevor Booker’s offensive production as of late is correlated with how upset he is that you're being boo'd. So I guess by process of elimination, the only thing that's hurting your teammates is the fact that you're just not a good basketball player.
Yep, that about sums it up. So I guess the boo-ing is justified after all.
These fans pay good money to see effort. THESE PEOPLE PAY YOUR SALARY. They have every right in the world to boo whomever they want. You, Ted Leonsis, Ernie Grunfeld, John Wall. It doesn't matter. This is sports. What have you done for me lately?? Or in your case, what have you ever done for me? Don't sit here and cry to the media that your feelings are being hurt. No one has any sympathy for a millionaire who complains to the media about fans who PAY thousands of dollars a year to see Nate Robinson out jump you for a loose ball. You're a professional athlete. PROFESSIONAL athlete. Emphasis on PROFESSIONAL. It's time you start acting like one. I don't think the fans are to blame for the fact that you can't shoot. Is it the fan's fault that you got injured too? Was the boo-ing so loud that it ricocheted off the back Iron and hit you? No, sorry, that was the actual basketball. Let me guess, the reason why you don't think you're going to play well tonight is because of my article? Sorry man, I got no sympathy for people who want to cry about people not liking them while they make millions of dollars. Not to mention, you SOMEHOW find a way to not make it about you, but rather make it about your teammates!
That's DISGUSTING. If I was your teammate, I'd demand for an apology. How DARE you come out and give that kind of effort on the court and then say that the boo birds that are raining down from the empty seats at Verizon Center are affecting MY play. HOW DARE YOU??? That's it. I've had it. I've tried my best to support your role on this team whether it’s as a starter or as a bench player, but it's pretty evident that you don't care about anyone other than yourself. If this team doesn't win another game all season but somehow finds a way to get Andray Blatche off this roster, I'd consider this season to be a successful one. Just to put it in perspective, I thought Blatche was going to be the key to a successful season for the Wizards but much like everyone else in the Washington area, I John Becked that one!