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Autograph University Interview: Andray Blatche

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.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the interview.

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About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Connect with him on Twitter at @mattraymond.

6 comments… add one

  • Adam Tocci November 21, 2011, 11:21 am

    Very well conducted, Cous. Good questions, it flowed very well and it seemed that he was actually happy to be there. Great job.

  • Matt Raymond November 21, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Thanks man, I appreciate it.

  • Martin Huynh November 21, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Matt, well done! Out of curiosity, after the interview, did you end up getting his autograph? Can you post what you got signed?

  • Matt Raymond November 21, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Hi Martin, thanks for the comment. I don’t get autographs when I’m wearing my journalist hat. He did sign for my friend and take a picture with.

  • Jordan November 21, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Nice work, as always. Interesting interview.

  • Matt Raymond November 22, 2011, 2:34 pm

    Thanks Jordan!

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