Much has been made of Andray Blatche’s season-opening performance. That he prefaced it with an “I’m your captain” speech. (Note: He is not the Wizards’ captain.) That he was badly outplayed by Kris Humphries. That he told the press he needs the ball in the post. And that he then told critics to “shut up”. So.
My favorite nugget, though, was found in that last link, courtesy of Michael Lee:
Blatche tried to assume more of a leadership role this offseason, organizing a team workout after [Flip] Saunders gave him John C. Maxwell’s “The 17 Essential Qualities Of A Team Player: Becoming The Kind Of Person Every Team Wants.” Blatche admitted to only reading half of the book and didn’t remember its name.
Without having read The 17 Essential Qualities Of A Team Player I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty sure negligence isn’t one of them. I applaud Dray, though, for taking the same approach I took with summer reading before senior AP English, which is to say I didn’t. (Sorry, Mr. Klass.)
And if I, an aspiring communications major, couldn’t be bothered with The Great Gatsby, how could we expect Bulletproof to bother with some bullshit?
Update: Truth About It covered this at length two weeks ago. The headline — “Forget The Book On Leadership” — is why I missed it.