I'd rather pick up a naturally talented knucklehead rather than Jason Collins the nice guy.
I am torn on this, because I tend to think the biggest issue the C's have right now, is with their chemistry and cohesion, rather than their talent. At least that is what is preventing them from being the second tier team that they should be. But, they also need more talent, if they want to be a really strong contender against the truly elite teams.
I just am not sure if a guy like Blatche would help enough to get them over the top...or enough to make the risk of him imploding things worth it. They gave Darko a try, and it didn't work out with him.
At this point, I would be much happier if they focussed on getting everyone on the same page, and playing together, and then tried to find a way to trade for a more reliable impact player to put them over the top, rather than taking a swing with a guy like Blatche.
I agree that cohesion has been an issue. but as far as I know, it has got nothing to do with off-court issues. It's the definition of roles, I suppose. Green has little idea about what to do. He has been put at SF and PF, but that's just a superficial view of the issue, to be honest. He has no defined roles in taking part in the offense other than the isolations drawn for him. Terry has been up and down, and at times, he didn't get enough looks. Lee has shot the ball fairly poorly for his standards, but played the defense as well as he could.
In other words, although there seems to be a lack of energy on the court, I do believe that they are trying. But it's just not happening and they look puzzled and clueless more than someone lacking effort.
Hands down, Blatche would suffer from this, too, easily.
The thing is here he wouldn't be easily imploding the team by his absurd antics. It isn't easy for even Blatche to get out of control in the locker room with KG's presence around.
I'm not suggesting he would be tutored by KG to mature, but he would, for his own sake, have to shut his mouth up and sit down obediently at the very worst case.
And I don't think he's going to try anything funny with so much expectations looming over the Nets this season.
Because if he does that even on a team that has high ambitions, then he's pretty much done for.
To me, a good team with full of veterans was a last chance for Blatche to prove himself in the league that he can play and so far, he showed that he's a quality pickup.
I myself opt to refrain from taking risks as much as possible in reality, but for the Celtics, who live by and die by jumpshots generally, this could be a fairly plausible risk to take.
Anyway, there is no point in beating a dead horse. If any new chance to upgrade the roster to be better overall comes, I have faith in Danny that he'll pull the trigger.