Andray Blatche – The Man Who Just Wanted A Triple-Double
Some players (say they) don’t care for personal accolades, while others are so talented that they just rack up accolades (allstar appearances, all-nba spots, league leading stat leaders, trophies, rings, etc) on their way to winning. And sometimes you have a “mediocre” player on a losing team that has a rare shot at a personal accomplishment that they know they aren’t going to have a shot at again. That was the case for Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards, who was just 1 rebound away from a triple double.
I have never seen a player so desperate for a small personal accomplishment. He even went as far as to ask an opposing player for help!
Is this worse than Ricky Davis shooting on his own basket to get a triple double? I don’t think so.
I also remember the time when Doug Collins was ready to fight Anthony Bowie for calling a timeout to get a triple double. Collins was so mad he told his players not to guard the Magic players. Bowie got the triple double when he passed to David Vaughn who had a wide-open dunk. I’m pretty sure if a defender was near Vaughn, he would have missed the shot.