The Brooklyn Nets agreed in principle to a deal Wednesday with center Andray Blatche, the former troubled big man of the Washington Wizards. Blatche and the Nets will complete the signing over the weekend but with the signing comes concern.
There is concern because it is questionable as to whether or not Blatche is all there mentally. Recently, it had been reported that Blatche had been working out with John Lucas in Houston to improve his game on the court and the image that is perceived outside of basketball. The last time anyone heard of Blatche was when he was amnestied by the Wizards after being benched for his lack of conditioning. Blatche was also involved in pre-game antics poking fun at former teammate Gilbert Arenas‘ gun incident. Blatche was fined $10,000.
That is not, however, the Blatche that the Nets see. The team must have liked what they saw in his work out to give him a chance or they are really hoping that head coach Avery Johnson can enact some type of discipline in him in an effort to conjure of spirits of Blatche’s 2010-11 season in which he earned a contract extension following that year.
Blatche’s one thing to do right now is train and train hard. Teammates like Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez must work to push Blatche harder than he has ever been pushed and then maybe there is still 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game left in him.
Blatche has the potential to be a dangerous bench player. That is only if he sticks to his role and does not wander off base. The Nets have a lot of expectations this season and distractions that Blatche has the ability to cause will only be detrimental to what the Nets are trying accomplish in Brooklyn: winning a championship.
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