By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 26, 2010; D03
Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche is expected to miss three months after undergoing surgery Friday to repair the broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Blatche said earlier in the day that he broke his foot landing awkwardly while working out at Verizon Center this week, denying rumors that the injury occurred while playing basketball at Barry Farm in Southeast Washington.
Blatche suspected the injury might have been the result of a stress reaction that broke all the way through after an awkward landing. Asked before the procedure at Sibley Memorial Hospital how he was feeling, Blatche sent a text message that read, "I'm good."
The 6-foot-11 power forward is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Blatche, 23, suddenly emerged as the Wizards' go-to-player in the second half of the season, his fifth in the NBA, averaging 22.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals over his last 32 games. He blossomed after Gilbert Arenas was suspended for bringing guns to the locker room and the team dealt away Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, but the Wizards won just nine of their final 32 games on he way to a 26-56 finish.
"I'm very appreciative and very blessed to have gotten the opportunity," Blatche said when the season ended in April. "The main thing about the opportunity is that I can't make it a one-hitter. I got to come in next season doing the same thing I was doing."
Blatche has encountered a few offseason missteps since he was drafted 49th overall in 2005. A few weeks before his first training camp as a rookie, Blatche was shot in a botched carjacking attempt. He also was charged with sexual solicitation in the summer of 2007 after requesting sex from an undercover officer. Two years ago, Blatche was arrested for reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for the third time.