"So why does Blount look out of sorts? It's not because of playing time; he's started every game and is averaging a career-high 30.1 minutes a game. It can't be the money; $4.9 million goes a long way in everyone's world except Latrell Sprewell's. It's nothing he wants to articulate or is even sure he can articulate. But all you have to do is mention one word -- defense -- and Blount lets you know he is not happy with what he's seeing or doing."