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Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

JaVale McGee’s alley-oop: showboating or enthusiasm?

HoopsVibe's very Quick Call: Showboating or enthusiasm?

This is the debate surrounding the Washington Wizards' JaVale McGee, who's off-the-glass alley-oop in the third quarter of a recent game drew much reaction.

Wizards' coach Flip Saunders thought it was inappropriate, especially since his squad is 1-11 and needs wins not highlights.

For instance, Saunders thought McGee was trying to garner support for a return to the Slam Dunk Contest (you remember McGee's mom smoching Dr. J, right?). Youngster John Wall and veteran Mo Evans agreed with Saunders that the dunk, while successful, was ill-timed.

Meanwhile McGee justified the play by saying he was simply trying to pump-up the Wizards, and one teammate, Nick Young, agreed.

What do you think? Showboating or enthusiasm? Watch the video, and get at us in the comment box below.

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Tuesday , Jan , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Andray Blatche: Wizards have tuned-out Flip Saunders

 "Flip is definitely doing his job," Blatche said. "I just don't feel like guys are listening and following behind what he says and what he wants us to do." Never a good sign, eight games into the season.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Andray Blatche will never learn. Ever.

For years, the Washington Wizards have hoped the talented forward would grow up and mature. That, however, seems unlikely.

Blatche's latest infraction: telling reporters the team has tuned-out veteran coach Flip Saunders.

This, of course, could be true, but nothing is gained by going public with such declarations. Saunders looks like a lame-duck sideline boss; Blatche's splotchy reputation takes another hit; and the Wizards once again look dysfunctional.

Bottom line: the Wizards are a miserable 0-8, so changes are coming. It's a when and a who, not an if.

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Tuesday , Dec , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Andray Blatche to Wizard teammates: ‘I need the ball in the paint’

“He probably was talking about me for the simple fact that I said I need the ball in the paint to be effective,” Blatche said. “You can’t keep having me pick and pop and shooting jumpshots. Gimme the ball in the paint. That’s where I’m most effiective at. I’ve been saying that since training camp. I need the ball in the paint. I don’t wand to be the pick-and-pop guy I used to be because it’s not working for me.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would be oh-so easy to criticize Andray Blatche’s comments, especially when considering his track record.

After all, Blatche, a talented post with the Washington Wizards, has a track record. Consider the following:

1) When he first entered the league, veterans mocked his poor professionalism. 2) He openly feuded with coach Flip Saunders over playing time. 3) He got angry at a teammate for grabbing a rebound that fell in his hands and prevented him from registering a triple-double. 4) And he fought teammate JaValee McGee outside the club.
   
This time it‘s different, though. Blatche is making sense.

When asked about Coach Flip Saunders’ comments following the Washington Wizards’ season opener, the young forward explained he wanted the ball in the post to balance the offense.

And he’s right. Blatche's ability to attract double-teams in the paint would provide open looks for young point guard John Wall and shooting guards Jordan Crawford and Nick Young.

The Wizards’ perimeter players - like Wall, a former first overall pick trying to make his mark in the NBA - wouldn’t have to force shots down the stretch.

Credit Blatche for taking a measured tone. Perhaps after years of struggles, he's learning.

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Sunday , Jun , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Andre Blatche’s injury good for John Wall and the Wizards?

Wizards forward Andray Blatche underwent successful surgery this evening to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ed Magur at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. Blatche is expected to take approximately three months to return to basketball-related activities.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: John Wall is in. Andray Blatche is out –at least for three months.

Days after selecting Wall first overall in the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards announced that Blatche, their young power forward, is undergoing foot surgery.

Opinions are mixed on this. Blatche is talented, but troubled.

For instance, he averaged impressive numbers – 20 points and 8 rebounds per game –after replacing the departed Antawn Jamison in the starting line-up.

Blatche also showed that numbers –as in his individual numbers – were all he was concerned with.

The Wizards rarely won with him starting. He clashed with Coach Flip Saunders and, worst of all, exonerated Ricky Davis with his selfish quest for a triple-double. Perhaps, the less Blatche is around a rebuilding squad, the better.

Still, maybe Blatche has matured this summer. Maybe not.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how he fits with Wall in DC later this season.

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