What to Do With Blatche

Harrison KeithContributor INovember 6, 2008

I really don't know what to do with this guy.

Once again, he comes in this season "ready to step up" and come game time, he clearly isn't. What's worse is that his own teammates don't believe in him either. Antawn Jamison's comments during training camp said that loud and clear. There was also one point last night when Blatche decided to lead the break up floor himself (!) instead of slowing the pace and handing off to a guard and promptly through the ball 4 feet behind Caron Butler into the open arms of the 4th row of fans. The look on Butler's face said it all: "Are you serious with that $#!t?"

I had the same response sitting on my couch.

This is Blatche's 4th year in the L and he's shown me very little. Whether it was his immature play, immature attitude towards prostitutes (yeah, that happened), or his immature attitude towards practice, this kid just hasn't really gotten any better. Maybe he's been spending too much time with buddy Nick Young because his play suggests his desire to be a slashing, dribbling guard instead of a big body that can move deftly around the hoop as we so desperately need.

Nick Young has really looked good this season and my bet is that he takes DeShawn's starting spot by the midway point. It's clear that the second year player has spent some time working on his game and truly wants more than to receive a paycheck in this league while AB is content to do as little as possible to keep himself on the court. This guy needs one season under a guy like Kevin Garnett to learn some discipline. KG would be in his face so fast and often he wouldn't know what to do with himself.

Blatche getting it together is looking less and less likely to me. He may find himself on another roster very quickly if he continues to under-produce while rookie JaVale McGee continues to make the most of his floor time. Either way, he still has a lot of growing up to do.