Blatche Thriving After Change of Scenery
When the Washington Wizards decided to use their amnesty provision on forward Andray Blatche over the summer, the NBA world collectively nodded its head in silent understanding. Blatche has always been a frustrating player with loads of talent but seemingly no work ethic, and that’s led to just a huge laundry list of unfulfilled expectations.
It was that reputation that kept him on the free agency market for longer than expected, but the Brooklyn Nets, desperate for inexpensive depth, brought him aboard hoping the reward would far outweigh the paltry risk.
So far, it totally has, and Blatche isn’t blind to how important this opportunity is to his career.
“Me getting out of Washington was a blessing. It was a must,” Blatche said after a blowout win in Orlando on Friday night. “I had been there too long, and things had started to go down. Nothing was going to change unless I got out of there.”
Blatche actually scored a team-high 15 points in Friday night’s win, and so far he’s been completely happy with his new role on his new team.
“It always feels good to be on a team who’s got real goals and a real chance to be something and get somewhere,” Blatche said. “Just to chip in with my effort and my minutes, it feels good to be a part of it.”