While most of us watched in awe and amazement as the Wizards (arguably the worst 2nd half team in the entire association) overcame a 21 point third quarter deficit to beat the L.A. Kobe Bryants, the one thing a lot of us in the media circle were asking ourselves was: "Where was this all season long?"
How does a 10-34 team look so good on some nights and then drop the proverbial ball in the worst way possible the following night? Why did it take to so long for this team to realize that if they play with enough heart and character that they are capable of beating most teams in the league? Are they being held back? Are there too many distractions around the team? Is the team bearing too much weight on their shoulders? Well, it looks like we can answer ‘yes’ to all of them.
They were being held back by the ridiculous distraction that is the overweight Andray Blatche.
Don't blame me, I'm just the messenger.
Once the season got out of hand for this team, somewhere between the fifth and sixth game of the season, the front office quickly realized what the issue was. They drafted a potential premier guard in this league for many years to come and surrounded him with a group of unintelligent, selfish, and below average players who care about nothing other than their own personal stats and media spotlight.
When your priority is to throw the basketball off of the backboard and dunk it when your team is down 6 points instead of boxing out properly, you're going to be 10-34. When your priority is to attempt to get twenty points, one accidental assist per game, and throw God an "alley-oop", you're going to be 10-34. When you're overweight and blame your team's lack of success to the fact that you are "hurt" by the boo-ing you're receiving on your home court, I think you know the answer.
Earlier this year I said that if the Wizards can somehow find a way to get rid of Andray Blatche this season would be a successful one, regardless of record.
Now it looks like the franchise is finally taking initiative.
I feel like the Wizards have entered rehab and as they say in AA meetings, the first step in curing your addiction is admitting you have an addiction in the first place. In this case, The Wizards have finally identified their problem and are now twelve steps away from being cured. It looks like Ernie and the rest of the front office have finally c decided to cut their losses with Andray Blatche.
Coach Wittman and the rest of the powers that be for the Washington Wizards decided that they were done with guy. No longer were they going to subject the rest of the team, the fans, and the media to the circus that is Andray Blatche.
"After looking at it, it’s unfair for me to put him in that position. And I think what we’re going to do, we’re going to probably not play him for a while, get him on a program here, where he can really go after it from a conditioning standpoint to get himself back into shape" - Randy Wittman.
WAIT A MINUTE….HOLD THE PHONE!!! ANDRAY BLATCHE IS OUT OF SHAPE!?!?? I HAD NO IDEA! It amazes me how the one thing that was so evident about the guy to the average NBA fan was totally ignored by the franchise that chose to give him an albatross contract. Good one Ernie!
If this team wants to be a contender, they have to build around John Wall and not force their #1 overall pick to adapt to the current players on their roster. They must identify his strengths and weaknesses and draft players accordingly. However, I'm not convinced that the front office has the ability to properly evaluate John's strengths and weaknesses. If you're relying on this kid to bring you an NBA title, you have to do better than Andray Blatche.
I've never heard of a team drafting a franchise player and then asking him to adapt to the roster around him in any sport so why would it work here? Does the Wizards’ front office think that they're just smarter than everyone else? Do they think that they hold the Willy Wonka basketball equivalent of the "golden ticket"? Is there a secret plan of action that I don't know about? I'm a 26 year old Washington D.C. basketball fan who's seen nothing but failure and mediocrity for years. Is it too much to ask for my GM and front office to be able to properly identify a problem on my team? Why did it take 44 games in to an already shortened NBA for them to realize that Andray Blatche wasn't working out? Does anyone listen to the fans anymore? I know we're not paid to make executive decisions nor are we always the greatest evaluators of talent, but for goodness sake when your team is as bad as the Wizards and one of the highest paid players on the team is consistently being boo'd and heckled by few thousand fans who still pay money to see this team on a regular basis, why on earth would you ignore them?
I'm done asking questions…I'm ready to see some results.