Unbelievable. Andray Blatche had already lost his credibility, the respect and trust of his teammates, and the support of the fans. Now, he's lost his class.
Early in the second quarter of a Saturday game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the overweight, out-of-shape, and underachieving Andray Blatche made a lay-up and shot a look of distain at his new head coach, Randy Wittman.
It is unknown why Blatche stared down his coach, but he could be upset that he has seen a large decrease in his minutes. Blatche has been taken out of the starting lineup in favor of the rookie Jan Vesely, who has started the last three games.
After the stare-down, Blatche was immediately taken out of the game by Wittman, and was benched for the remainder of the game.
Andray Blatche is known for his temper tantrums, rebelliousness towards authority and a lack of respect for his coaches. Ultimately, his lack of improvement under Flip Saunders was one of the reasons why Saunders was let go so early in the season.
This is not the first time Blatche has clashed with his coaches. During the 2010 season, Blatche was taken out of a game in March and was questioned by Flip Saunders about his reluctance to get back on defense. Blatche became upset, and when Saunders asked him to re-enter the game, he refused, and sat for the remainder of the game.
Blatche was removed from the starting lineup after his lackluster performance at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, in which he was outplayed and thoroughly embarrassed by forward Tyrus Thomas, who blocked his shot so many times that the Wizards bench began laughing at their own teammate.
Blatche is now out three-to-five weeks with a strained calf, and Washington fans' patience with him is wearing awfully thin. If this stunt is any indication, Blatche is the center of this team's poor effort, immaturity, selfishness and lack of accountability.
Andray Blatche has been the biggest disappointment on the Washington Wizards this season, after analysts predicted a breakout season for the seventh-year man out of South Kent Prep. He is down in every statistical category from last season and is shooting just 38% from the field, which is incredibly pathetic for a power forward.