Andre Blatche has been a very productive bench player for the Brooklyn Nets this season, which if you’re familiar with the 6-foot-11 forward’s past, is somewhat surprising.
Blatche has played in all 81 games for the Nets this season and is averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game and shooting 51 percent from the field.
But, according to a story courtesy Pro Basketball Talk, head coach P.J. Carlesimo told the New York Daily News, that Blatche is out of shape after playing him in a game on Monday night against the Washington Wizards, where he rested most of the regulars.
“Dray was the only one I felt bad about (playing a lot of minutes). And frankly, he needs conditioning,” Carlesimo said “So I thought it was okay. He needs some conditioning and he obviously wants to play against (the Wizards) because he played there. … We thought Dray was going good and the conditioning is good for him.”
Only Blatche can play at high level all season and still be out of shape, just can’t catch a break.