Since the Wizards drafted Blatche as an 18-year-old out of high school, this is all he’s ever known with Washington. After 85 games in his career, in which he averaged three points, Washington gave him a five-year, $15 million contract in 2007. He was a complete knucklehead and yet the Wizards showed faith in him. They stood with him despite embarrassing arrests and practically begged him to be a professional and work on his game. Once the Wizards cleared out everyone this season, Blatche had some big scoring and rebound games and declared himself underpaid.
Saunders did suspended Blatche earlier this season for a game, but he desperately needed to do it again. For the kid’s sake, the franchise’s, the fans’ – everyone. Only, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld let Saunders make the decision and this franchise has been humiliated again. For Saunders to call it unlike anything he had ever seen in 15 years is sure saying something considering the insurrections that arose under his watch with the Detroit Pistons.
The worst ever? Well, the Pistons players tell the story of Rasheed Wallace(notes) calling Saunders the “worst [bleeping] coward I’ve ever seen” after a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference playoffs. Everyone was there. Everyone heard it. And nothing. Saunders took it, and watched his credibility and command of that team die a little more.