The Washington Times - November 2, 2008, 12:18AM

It’s been said over, and over, and over, and over again, and then some more, that Andray Blatche has to step up for the Wizards this season. And part of that “stepping up” business is showing strong effort and commitment on the defensive end. Wizards coach Eddie Jordan has said on numerous occasions that the commitment and effort will earn him more playing time, but the lack there of will reep consequences.



Blatche learned tonight that Jordan is serious and he’s got littler tollerance for his players going the through the motions.


It happened during a four-minute span that started late in the first quarter and ended early in the second quarter of the Wizards’ loss to the Pistons. Kwame Brown — Michael Jordan’s bust of a draft pick — entered the game for the Pistons and first knocks down a jumper over Blatche, then drives on him and scores. Early in the second quarter on back-to-back trips down the court, Brown — who normally looks rather loss and unproductive on the offensive end — drove on Blatche and scored on layups each time.


Giving up a layup’s bad enough, but back-to-back, and to Kwame? Not a good look. And Jordan had seen enough. He yanked Blatche from the game frollowing the back-to-back layups and never sent him into the game the rest of the night. Kwame didn’t score the rest of the game.


“Well, you know, we give guys a chance. And the opportunity is there for them. And if you give great effort, you get the benefit of the doubt. But if it’s not enough effort there, and it wasn’t sincere effort, then you’re not going to play.”