There would be no talk this time around about the Washington Wizards pissing down their legs, or Andray Blatche woofing with Kevin Garnett and getting the All-Star’s juices flowing. The Wizards couldn’t hold a 13-point lead last time these two teams met, but a 28-point lead proved to be more than enough. It might have helped that Blatche decided to keep his mouth shut this time, deciding not to talk trash, preferring to let the Celtics continue to play dead.
But his reason for staying silent was a bit unbelievable.
“The No. 1 thing is I have a lot of respect for my coach [Flip Saunders],” said Blatche. “Last time he said, ‘Just don’t say nothing.’ So this time I just didn’t say nothing at all. I have respect for my coach.”
You’ve got a lot of respect for your coach, huh Andray? So much respect that you, according to Saunders, refused his request to reenter a game earlier this season. So much respect that you called him a liar to reporters. So much respect that you were suspended by Saunders earlier this season, apparently after you were — guess what? — disrespectful during a timeout. So much respect that you have clashed and butted heads with Saunders repeatedly, all season long.
Andray, you just don’t seem like a respectful type of guy. You demand more shots on Facebook, go Ricky Davis for the final rebound of a triple-double, and admit that you snapped on a team trainer who didn’t get your bag of ice in a timely enough fashion. About the night Saunders said you refused to reenter the game, you said about being yanked, “I thought it was gonna be about shot selection, and it was too early to be talking about that,” he said. “So I just went over to the bench and sat down.” It was too early to be talking about that. Very respectful, Andray.
That sad thing is, you’re a fantastically talented basketball player. You’re seven feet tall with the wing span of an octopus and the skills of a small forward. You can drain a three just as easily as you can make a hook shot. If God drew up a power forward, he’d probably have your exact physique. Long, athletic, and powerful.
But you just don’t get it. Respect isn’t just about finally listening to your coach one time, keeping your mouth shut once when your coach begs you to. It’s about treating your coach, and everyone else, with dignity. It’s about playing the game the way it was meant to be played, and doing whatever is best for your team. It’s about voicing your opinions with class, and doing it in a manner that won’t be disruptive. It’s about doing the right thing, all the time. It’s about playing your hardest, every play, and being able to accept your coach’s criticism when you don’t.
You say you respect Flip Saunders, Andray, but we know the truth.
You don’t even know what respect is.