Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — Reserve power forward Andray Blatche has been known to be a class clown around the Brooklyn Nets’ locker room, but on Monday evening, he decided to take a shot at his previous employer, the Washington Wizards.
During media availability before the Nets’ highly-anticipated matchup with the New York Knicks, Blatche, with voice recorders and cameras turned on, asked no one in particular who the top three teams in the Eastern Conference are.
One reporter said the Miami Heat and the Knicks before sarcastically asking if the Nets were the third team.
“Man, you know Brooklyn’s in there,” Blatche jokingly said.
As Blatche continued to joke around, the topic got a little bit more serious.
“Anybody seen how the Wizards are doing lately?” Blatche continued. “I was just wondering how the Wizards are doing.”
Blatche’s rhetorical question was directed at a Wizards outfit, which entered Monday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs as the league’s only winless squad at 0-11.
The Wizards also paid Blatche to go away this past offseason. Using the league’s amnesty provision, the team waived Blatche on July 17, while still having to pay him the remainder of his contract, which had three years and $23 million left on it.
Averaging 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds for his career, Blatche was signed to a non-guaranteed veteran’s minimum contract by the Nets on Sept. 12.
In 12 games this season, Blatche is averaging 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
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