Do I have to come right out and say it?

Do I really have to say the words, "Curse O' Les Boulez"?

Isn't that exactly what you were thinking when you heard that the Wizards' top pick, this high school kid Andray Blatche, was shot in what is purported to be an attempted carjacking the other night? Or more accurately, the other morning? (What was the kid doing "traveling home" with two friends at 6:13 a.m.? Where were they until then? At an all-night Habitat For Humanity rally?)

The Boulez have had some problematic players before, like Chris Webber and Tyrone Nesby, to name two recent ones. Nearly 20 years ago, John Williams ate himself out of the league. And Wes didn't like E. But he didn't shoot him! To my knowledge none of the Boulez has ever been shot -- not even Rod Strickland. And Strickland was in hot water more often than hard-boiled eggs.

Thankfully, this kid Blatche appears to be okay. And it's being suggested he did nothing wrong -- other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I was taken aback to read the headline that said Blatche was "in good condition." Good condition maybe for SOMEBODY WHO WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST! How good can that condition be? Because if it's that good, everybody would want to be shot, right?

I'm in terrible condition. I'm fat, I'm old, I have to catch my breath after walking upstairs. I couldn't run one mile if Ray Lewis was chasing me. But I haven't been shot in the chest over the weekend. So at least I've got that going for me. Which is good.

I can't wait to see this kid play. As a precaution, his uniform will be made out of Kevlar. At least that ought to make it easier to take a charge.

ANDRAY BLATCHE