Washington Wizards forward and captain Andray Blatche, who is about as qualified to lead a team as he would be a space shuttle mission, struggled Monday while Washington squandered a 21-point first-half lead in its season-opening loss to the New Jersey Nets.

Outscored, outrebounded and — worst of all — outhustled by his Nets counterparts, Blatche, beginning his seventh NBA season, reaffirmed that he's still clueless when he criticized Coach Flip Saunders for failing to use him correctly. Only a few hours after thanking fans at Verizon Center for supporting the Wizards, Blatche turned on Saunders, the man he is expected to back the strongest.