Jeff Caplan of NBA.com writes on Christmas day about how one NBA player redeemed himself and started anew, two themes of the day. It's become an oft-told tale of how Andray Blatche turned the embarrassment of riches that was amnesty into the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans, no easy task.. Caplan focuses on all that but also writes of how two coaches, John Lucas and Avery Johnson, saw something in him and helped him on his path.

Caplan writes of how Blatche met Lucas at the end of last season, expecting to be amnestied and wanting the coach famous for his rehab efforts to help help him. "We had a meeting," said Blatche of Lucas. "And he talked to me and said, 'listen, I've been where you're at right now.' Basically that I can help you, get your body back right, and get your game tuned up to get you back playing. I believed him basically."