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Blatche considers amnesty a blessing


08:13 AM ET 08.20 | Back in Syracuse, the city he called home growing up, Andray Blatche hoped over the weekend there would be a new professional basketball home in his future. Blatche, who turns 26 on Wednesday, stands these days at the crossroads of an NBA career that spans seven years, all with the Washington Wizards. On July 17, the Wizards used the NBA's amnesty clause to erase Blatche and his salary cap-clogging $23 million contract from their roster. No other NBA team claimed him. A 6-foot-11 forward with skills that allowed him to average 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds only two seasons ago was suddenly unemployed. ... [Said Blatche:] "It was more of a blessing to me. I'm looking at that as giving me a chance to go somewhere else and revive my career."

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August 20, 2012  08:22 AM ET


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August 20, 2012  08:49 AM ET

More like a blessing for Wizards fans.

August 20, 2012  09:02 AM ET

I don't think its totally Andrews fault at all. Look at exactly what Washington has done to people careers since the end of E's, Wes, Kevin's careers. I am elated for the Kid and agree with what he said in terms of this being a blessing. John Wall should get outta that dump to. I just love when all you posters go on raving about how Howard, Melo, James, Paul and others should stay put, honor thier contracts, be quiet and then quitely melt away in these dumps......Denver, Orlando, Washington, New Orleans, Cleveland, and the Pheonixs of the NBA. I think people who are madd share these opinons of delusion and it is absolutely fabulous that these players are paying zero attention to this madness in thought.

August 20, 2012  09:12 AM ET

I mean it is disgraceful that someone needs to basically be fired to have them realize that they haven't been a professional

Ergo the 'SMH'...

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August 20, 2012  09:14 AM ET

I got nothing this morning.......

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August 20, 2012  09:16 AM ET

I got nothing this morning.......

Have some Ergos...

I mean Eggos!

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August 20, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Sheed Wallace was a headcase too, but without him the 04 pistons don't upset the lakers.
Blatche would fit in with the heat or spurs.
Both franchises are no nonsense clubs, and they keep you in line.
I remember a heat player drafted by the name of Robert Hite, dude did some dumb ish, and was asked by Riley to never return to the team again.
So sure, the heat may grant Blatche a chance to redeem himself, but if he messes up, it's on him.
And if you can't have a good showing at a shot to win a title, you don't belong in the league period.
No team will take a chance on him if he screws up again.
So am all for the heat to give him a chance, I believe in second chances, but three times the charm is a true saying.
So work out, get in shape, hopefully the heat meet with you, but to remain in this league is on you Blatche!

Riles is most def a no nonsense guy and I can see him putting the boot on many a booty. That's why Phil Jackson was so successful. It was his way or no way!

Don't mean to correct you but doesn't "three times the charm" mean it'll work the third time? I would have said "three strikes and your out"...

Maybe I'm just not clear on what you mean.

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August 20, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Morning Eli...........

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