Blatche Takes Responsibility for ‘Bad Year’
One night after Andray Blatche’s stat line across the box score read “NWT-Conditioning” in a 108-89 victory over New Jersey, the Wizards’ one-time starting power forward spoke about a lost season, what level of responsbility he bears and the measures he’s taking to ensure there won’t be a repeat.
The seventh-year player has missed 20 of Washington’s 46 games this season, including 16 with a strained calf, and has not played since March 5. Benched on Jan. 27 in favor of rookie Jan Vesely, Blatche instead has been out so he can focus on conditioning.
“I really take full responsibility on how things have been going for me this season,” said Blatche, who’s averaging 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, his lowest totals since 2007-08.
“I can’t go home at night as say ‘Oh, F them,’ because they didn’t know anything,” Blatche said. “They do. They’re the fans. They see it. My mom sees it. This was a bad year for me. One of my worst ones ever.
“I let my mom down, my family down, my teammates and the whole organization down this season, so I’m just focusing on this whole rest of this time and the summer just to get myself back to where I need to be.”