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Wizards summer school: Andray Blatche

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Wizards summer school: Andray Blatche

If Andray Blatche has any shot at returning with the Wizards next season he needs to be spending this entire off-season trying to get into the best condition of his career. The 6'11" Blatche was shelved for the last 23 games of this past season for not being in good enough shape, which is inexcusable at the professional level.

Blatche has struggled with conditioning and weight seemingly his entire NBA career. If he wants to get another chance with the Wizards, or any other NBA team for that matter, he must dedicate himself to eating right, lifting weights and running. It's that simple.

If he hasn't already, Blatche should hire a trainer and perhaps a personal chef to finally get him on the right track.

The lack of conditioning clearly affected Blatche last season as he appeared about 25-30 pounds overweight and his production dropped dramatically. A year after scoring 16 points a game, Blatche averaged just 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Wizards last season.

Blatche's best game of the season came in early January with a 28-point, 9-rebound outburst in a loss at Boston. It was part of a stretch in which Blatche scored in double figures in five straight games, but then he missed 14 games with a calf injury. When Blatche returned, his minutes went down and his conditioning was so bad he was basically deactiviated by the team.

Besides getting in tip-top shape, Blatche should use this summer to work on his explosiveness to the rim. Too often last year, Blatche couldn't finish around the rim. Maybe it was the extra weight or the lack of strength, but Blatche struggled to close out on close shots inside.

Blatche appears not to be in the Wizards' plan but if he shows them he has committed himself finally to being a pro then maybe, just maybe, he could be given a final shot.

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

As the weather in Washington, D.C. drops below 60 degrees, most athletes typically arrive at their games in sweatsuits for comfort or suits for luxury. 

Kelly Oubre, on the other hand, is going full gothic for the Washington Wizards' home-opener against the Miami Heat. Oubre is the self-proclaimed "Wave Papi," but tonight he is giving off a vampire-slayer vibe.

Maybe he didn't get the memo that Halloween is roughly two weeks from now.

For the sake of it still being October, let's call him "Spooky Papi."

His black belts and buckles match his rockstar lifestyle, but the bloody, disfigured skull accessory is one of the most ridiculous things we've seen at Capital One Arena. Ever. 

Maybe there's a hidden meaning to it all, or maybe it's just yet another in a long line of Kelly Oubre fashion statements. 

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

Dwight Howard will not play in the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Miami Heat, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The news was first reported by Chris Haynes.

Ian Mahinmi will start in his place as he did for a majority of the preseason. 

Howard, an eight-time All-Star, has been dealing with a butt-injury ever since joining Washington this summer. This resulted in him missing all of the team's preseason matchups. He only has practiced with the team for a couple of days this week

Earlier on Thursday morning, Howard was listed as questionable for this matchup.

Based on his absence during the preseason and limited work with the Wizards, Howard being out is not too surprising. If he would have played it likely would have been for limited minutes off of the bench. 

Best-case for the Wizards is to rest Howard who has only missed 20 regular season games in the previous three seasons. 

Howard is not that far off from starting his 15th season in the NBA. On Wednesday Scott Brooks said that Howard will travel on the first road trip with the team to the West Coast starting on Monday. 

This story is developing and will updated as more information becomes available. 

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