Andray Blatche has had a pretty bad season, and it only got worse against the Chicago Bulls last night. Blatche shot 3-14 from the field, committed four turnovers and helped allow his man, Carlos Boozer, to score 30 points and grab 10 rebounds. In response, Wizards fans rained the boo birds on him, displaying their collective frustration with a season gone bad. To put it simply, it will not be a day for him to remember.
How did it all start to go so wrong? For this game, at least, it was on this play. Blatche stole a pass and had a wide open path to the hoop, but instead of dunking the ball like a big man should, he tried to shoot a layup. The basketball gods punished him for his horrendous decision and made the shot miss terribly, causing lots and lots of embarrasment. It was clear that Blatche wasn't the same player after that moment.
SB Nation's Andrew Sharp calls Blatche the worst player in basketball after this game, and while I can't go that far, it's at least worth pointing out the logic.
Think about what really constitutes the worst. Isn't it most damning to have a player with talent that teammates depend on and management foolishly invests in, only to have that player revert to a complete mess of laziness, arrogance, and incompetence? And if someone reverts to lazy-arrogant-incompetence as a rule, shouldn't they be considered worse than even the least talented 12th men the NBA has to offer?
For others of you who may be mad, this Festivus thread on Bullets Forever is for you.
(HT: Truth About It)