Marcin Gortat RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Sometime around the all-star break, the gregarious Marcin Gortat who had captivated the District vanished. After several months of humorous, insightful and candid takes, he politely rushed through interviews if he did them at all. When asked twice over the final weeks of the season to assess his individual campaign, Gortat said he would address his personal situation during his exit interview. That came Monday. “I would say in the eight years of my career, the eighth year was pretty much the toughest one from a personal standpoint,” said Gortat, who completed the first of a five-year, $60 million contract. “I had some issues during the season and that definitely didn’t help me to focus on basketball. That part is on me, definitely on me. I can’t blame anybody for that. I’m not going to talk about those issues. That’s why we call this personal business.”
“As much as I love Nene, and I think Nene understands this too, I would love to play with a stretch-four, with a guy who shoots the ball from the three-point line,” Gortat said. “Because that automatically gives me room under the basket to operate and gives me more opportunity to play pick-and-rolls and roll to the paint where the paint is open.”
Ben Standig: If you didn’t hear, Marcin Gortat was dealing with severe food poisoning over last 24 hours. I’ll spare you the specifics he shared with us.
David Aldridge: At the beginning of the season you said you wanted to be a better, more vocal leader. How have you done there? John Wall: I think I did a great job. Certain guys I know how to talk to, I can yell at, and then the next play on the court, we’re running the pick and roll, and they’re scoring, and they’re not worrying about it. And some guys you have to babysit. But me just always talking, knowing what I’m seeing at the offensive end and the defensive end, even when we’re down 20, I’m stlll talking — come on, we can fight through, we can get through. Usually (in the past) when we’re down 20, I’m not talking to nobody, I want to do it on my own. But now if we’re up 20 or down 20, I’m still being the same vocal guy talking. David Aldridge: So you’re telling me you can yell at Marcin Gortat? John Wall: Yeah, that’s the guy, March. Sometimes he says stuff back. We’ve got a couple of guys that don’t talk back in English sometimes.
Coach Randy Wittman and point guard John Wall agreed that Gortat’s offensive prowess – he scored 23 points on 10 of 11 shooting along with 14 rebounds – was predicated on his willingness to dive to the basket off pick-and-rolls. Gortat concurred that he is at his best rolling to the basket off screens, but the center emphasized he didn’t play any differently than he usually does. “They were passing me the ball,” Gortat said bluntly. “I was doing the same thing I’m doing every single game and they were just passing the game.”
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Gortat spent three quarters tormenting the undersized Golden State Warriors front line. Coming off a 24-point, 10-rebound performance in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, he had 16 points and 11 rebounds through three quarters of the Wizards’ 114-107 loss to the Warriors. But he didn’t log a second on the floor in the final period, continuing a recent trend of sitting out fourth quarters. Visibly perturbed after the game, Gortat said he expected to play in the fourth quarter. Asked if he was discouraged by Wittman’s decision to bench him, Gortat declined to respond. “Uh,” Gortat said before pausing for six seconds. “I’ll just say next question.”
Wizards center Marcin Gortat said it was one of those parts of the game that gets much easier after a few years in the league. “Of course it’s hard, you have to adjust to a lot of things,” said Gortat. “It takes two-three months to adjust to a new team sometimes, so it is what it is. But the later it comes to you in your career, the trade is easier. I mean you know a lot of people around the league, you have a lot of teammates you know. “It’s easier when you are older,” he added. “But when you are young, it’s hard.”
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The decision extended a trend. Gortat is the third-highest paid player on the Wizards after signing a five-year, $60 million contract over the summer but has seen Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and Kevin Seraphin all play ahead of him in the fourth quarter in recent games. “It’s tough. It’s really tough especially the last year I played pretty much every fourth quarter,” said Gortat, who had nine points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. “It’s a coaching decision. You guys have to ask him why I’m not playing.”
On if he’ll bring back the mohawk haircut: Gortat: I don’t think it will happen for the next few months. Maybe, maybe in the summer. Not now. Trust me, it takes a lot of time. Every two, three days, an hour and a half to shave it, trim it, fix it and I don’t have time for that. I’m laughing at people that are fixing haircuts before the games and trying to be pretty and stuff. Actually I became one of them. I’m definitely sick of that. I don’t want to wake up everyday and spend 10-15 minutes to put the spikes up. I’m done with that. I feel very comfortable being bald right now. A lot of ladies say I look worse but who cares.
On Friday, Wizards center Marcin Gortat told reporters he was thinking about shaving the impressive mohawk he’s been sporting all season. After scoring only two points and grabbing two rebounds Saturday, which was Gortat action figure night at Verizon Center, the Polish Machine decided it was time for a change. “Today is the day when I will become bald again,” Gortat said Monday in a video he posted on Instagram. “Let’s do it.”
“I think someone else from my team should be in there with me,” Wall said. “And it’s crazy that if [Anthony] had surgery, if his knee didn’t get better, then [Gortat] would’ve been a starter. That would’ve been the funny part about it. But yeah, I think someone from my team, whether it’s him or Brad [Beal], is well-deserving of another spot from my team.”
He missed the Wizards’ first nine games due to a fractured left wrist and came off the bench for four games upon his return. Beal is in his third season, but is still the youngest player on the Wizards at 21 years old. For what it’s worth, analyst Shaquille O’Neal thinks both Gortat and Beal should join Wall. “Right now it’s up to the coaches, but if I end up losing it then I think it’s going to be more about politics,” Gortat said with a smile.