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Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
Position: C
Born: 02/17/84
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $12,000,000
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It is Valentine’s Day, which means all you would-be Lotharios out there might need some gift-giving guidance. For help, please turn to Marcin Gortat, incurable romantic and budding advice podcaster. Asked by “Locked on Wizards” host Ben Standig for any tips for the smitten, Gortat offered this. “Listen, back a few years ago when I had a girlfriend, I had this one trick,” Gortat began. “It was a great thing. I always had one gift; I’d hide a gift in the house, in my safe. It was average-sized, average-priced gift, and if I forgot about Valentine’s Day or I forgot about women’s day or I forgot about anniversary or birthday or something, I had always something ready, packed — literally packed — in my safe.
“So now at the end of the day my lady would be like ‘Oh my God, you forgot about this day or about this day, what kind of a boyfriend is [he]?’ ” Gortat went on. “And I would be always like ‘Oh my God, what did I do?’ and then I’m like ‘Got you! I was waiting for that moment when you’re going to tell me that. I’ve got a gift for you!‘ “And then I was just running quickly to the safe, picking up that gift,” Gortat explained. “I’m like ‘Da da dahhhh, I’ve got it!‘ you know what I’m saying? ‘Here you go.’ She was like ‘Oh my God, you didn’t forget!’ I’m like ‘Yeah, I didn’t forget.’
When Marcin Gortat — a 32-year-old 7-footer with a giant goblin tattoo on his left arm — tried what’s commonly referred to as “the plank,” he went into a panic, getting on all fours to grab the board. “It can really screw your mind up,” Gortat says. “I started bending down, trying not to fall and stuff. I was in the room, trying to figure out, like, ‘What is going on?'” Gortat is still trying to decide whether he hates virtual reality or loves it. “Oh man, it’s amazing,” Gortat says. “I think it can be successful, but for me, as a 10-year veteran, it’s not going to change anything right now. It’s the new tool of the century.”
2 weeks ago via ESPN
“I knew he was good, but I didn’t think he was this good,” Scott Brooks said after ticking off more subtle contributions, the screens and the offensive wisdom. Don’t think Gortat didn’t hear. (He retweeted the coach’s comments.) “To be honest with you, this is one of the biggest compliments I’ve heard this year — and probably the past two or three years,” Gortat said. “Nobody ever described me that way. I never have people talking about me on ESPN or TNT, because that’s just how it is. People don’t talk about centers anymore, unless you drop 30 a night. So that’s a huge compliment, and obviously it’s a great feeling that people see that — especially your boss.”
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Fresh off being named the Eastern Conference coach of the month, the Wizards’ Scott Brooks joined the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan to discuss his red-hot squad and the player who has surprised him the most during his first season in Washington: Marcin Gortat. “I just thought he was just a runner and get-to-the-rim and finish around the basket [type of player], but he understands the game,” said Brooks, who is the Wizards’ first coach of the month since Eddie Jordan in December 2006. “[Gortat] is a better defender than I thought he was, he sets great screens, and you know that, that part of his job is so critical because it really frees up a lot of opportunities for Brad [Beal] and John [Wall], but it also frees up opportunities for those guys to attack, to open up opportunities for [Markieff Morris] and Otto [Porter] in that starting group. Him doing that, and taking pride in it, I think it’s really important for us. He has really surprised me in a nice way. I knew he was good, but I didn’t think he was this good.”