Can we please stop comparing Andray Blatche to Kevin Garnett? I realize they are both insanely talented, freakishly long seven-feet (-ish) tall human beings that possess skills and abilities so unique they should probably be deemed unlawful.
But Kevin Garnett never would have left his team out to dry, as Blatche did yesterday when he refused to reenter a game after being pulled for not getting back on defense. (Washington Post)
“Yeah I guess, just because of everything,” Saunders said when asked if this incident was the low point in a season filled with forgettable moments. “This team, we’ve lost a lot of close games, you know, and you’ve got a chance, and when you have coaches go up and ask a player that’s supposedly your quote-unquote key player to play, and he just says he doesn’t want to play.
“I don’t care. You can be upset with me, but don’t leave your teammates hanging out to dry like that. You don’t do that. You don’t do that. That’s one of the greatest things about this sport. You look to the right, and you look to the left. It’s being in the trenches with those players. And what happens is as players, you know what you have. Right now, those teammates, he’s lost their credibility. What’s going to happen when things go bad? You can’t do those things.”
Saunders then continued, even invoking Garnett’s name to put down Blatche.
“You [know] what I’m disappointed in?” Saunders said. “I’m disappointed in that since we started him, 60 percent of the offense is run through him. Coaches aren’t wrong, no matter what. When a coach wants to teach you something, and you think you’re about that because you’ve played 16 good games?
“I mean I [coached] Kevin Garnett [in Minnesota]. That guy, you’d say one thing, and he’s up there, ‘What do you want coach?’ He wanted to get better every time. He never copped that type of attitude. That’s ridiculous. It really is. I am extremely disappointed. I am the most disappointed I’ve ever been in 15 years with a player. Most disappointed.”
Blatche has embarrassed himself, his team, and his sport. If you have a problem with your coach, fine. No big deal, that happens all the time.
But when you let your teammates down so blatantly, you’ve disrespected the integrity of the game. Congratulations, Andray. I just lost all the respect I ever had for you.