November 19, 2011
New Haven, Conn.
If there’s one positive byproduct of the NBA lockout from the player’s perspective, it’s more time with family. Like someone laid off and forced into a stay-at-home period of unknown length, athletes have the opportunity to catch up on the quality time that a typical season encumbers—even if the alternative of working is preferred.
Had the players and owners found a way to shake hands on a new collective bargaining agreement, Washington Wizards big man Andray Blatche might have been lacing up his shoes in an arena locker room Saturday night. Instead, he was in the stands at the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, cheering on his brother, Derrick, a member of the South Kent hoops team.
In this interview, Andray talks about the first time someone asked him for an autograph, the NBA player he looked up to most as a kid, and whose jerseys he hangs on his walls.
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