Blatche walked under his own power as he visited with teammates
at the MCI Center on Wednesday, three days after the shooting and
one day after being released from the hospital.
"It is unfortunate that it happened and I have certainly
learned from this situation," Blatche said in a statement released
by the team.
The 19-year-old forward was shot once early Sunday morning while
riding in a car near his home in Alexandria, Va. The bullet hit him
in the right forearm and on the left side of his chest.
"It's a very scary situation," said Ernie Grunfeld, president
of basketball operations. "We're just grateful he didn't get hurt
worse than he was.
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Grunfeld said.
"He'll learn from it."
Blatche, a second-round draft pick directly from high school,
wasn't expected to be an immediate impact player with the Wizards,
who advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season. The
team opens training camp Tuesday in Richmond, Va.
"He won't be a participant in training camp," Grunfeld said.
"He'll start doing his rehab and we'll see how all that goes, and
that will determine how quickly we can have him back in action."
Blatche said: "We have no timetable for my return, but I'm
working hard and expect to make a full recovery. I am very anxious
to get back on the court and help my teammates any way I can."
Grunfeld also said the Wizards will not match the offer sheet
guard Steve Blake signed last week with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Blake spent two seasons with the Wizards, but his playing time
diminished last season and he became expendable when the team added
Chucky Atkins, Antonio Daniels and Caron Butler over the summer.
"Since we upgraded our backcourt situation the way we have, he
didn't think he has an opportunity here," Grunfeld said. "He
preferred being in another situation."