HoopsHype Marcin Gortat rumors

October 29, 2014 Updates

After being a major part of the Wizards’ push to the playoffs last season, the franchise seemed determined to keep him, sending Wizards coach Randy Wittman and the general manager to Poland in the off-season to negotiate. “I spoke with a lot of players and they told me, ‘You can’t deny the love, if they love you so much you have to go with the team,’” Gortat said. “One thing I was just afraid of they were going to try to use this as a joker in the sleeve (and say), ‘Well, we went to Poland, now you got to sign with us.’ … But it never turned that way. It never did.” For The Win

He’s also, as he showed when sending Polish food to the NBA on TNT crew after Shaquille O’Neal declared that pierogies were sausages, determined to bring a bit of his homeland to the United States. “It goes both ways,” he said. “The good part about being an international guy on the team is people can learn where’s Poland and things from my culture and obviously I’m learning everyday about American culture. Obviously there’s a few guys on the team that have no clue where’s Poland. People were saying Africa …” Wait, who was saying it was in Africa? “What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room,” he grinned. For The Win

October 20, 2014 Updates

But Gortat’s celebrity status hasn’t been affected by some preseason struggles. He is a star in his native Poland despite basketball’s standing in the country’s sports landscape. “I think I’m quite popular over there,” he said. “But basketball is falling deep right now. Falling deep, deep, deep.” Washington Post

October 16, 2014 Updates

The Wizards promotional schedule is coming out this week, and there’s one important date you should circle on your calendar immediately: Jan. 31. That’s the date of the Marcin Gortat Action Figure giveaway, presented by Capital One. You want a Gortat action figure. I certainly want a Gortat action figure. And you’ve got to figure that many of the people who went crazy for Jayson Werth garden gnomes would want a Gortat action figure. Washington Post

October 14, 2014 Updates

I’ve always wanted to ask Gortat about this love. So at Wizards media day, intrepid Washington Post colleague Jayne Orenstein asked Gortat that and more. “Oh, I do love Steve Seagal,” Gortat told her. “I love how he twists hands and breaks arms. He’s actually really good. He’s actually really good, and a great actor, too.” Washington Post

September 26, 2014 Updates

Throughout last season, Gortat was not afraid to vocalize his displeasure with his role in the offense. It was nothing new; Gortat had done the same in Orlando and Phoenix. But after the Wizards added Paul Pierce this summer to go with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Nenê, Gortat asserted he’ll be content to focus on rebounding and defense. “Come on, I can’t be the go-to guy and then let John or Paul rebound the ball,” Gortat said with a laugh. “I have to do what I have to do — play defense, rebound the ball, block some shots. This is the bread and butter for me. The scoring thing is going to be on top. I’m quite sure that having those guys on the team, people are going to say, ‘Well Gortat is the weakest link in that offense. We’re going to let him do whatever he wants to do.’ I’m fine with that. I’m totally fine with that.” Washington Post

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Marcin Gortat: I'm glad my man Temple is back with wiz!!!! The biggest pro next to Steve Nash and Grant Hill!! Hands down!!! #welcome #back #brother Twitter @MGortat

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"I like the city. I like the team. I definitely feel comfortable over there. The team really took me under their wing and they helped me since Day 1. I love the chemistry between me and John Wall," said Gortat, who was traded by the Phoenix Suns to Washington less than a week before last season began and signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $60 million deal to stay put. "I think Bradley Beal is going to be a great player one day. Coach Randy (Wittman) believes in me. I have a great relationship with him. CSNWashington.com

July 6, 2014 Updates

The Wizards did what a lot of teams would have done by overpaying to keep Gortat, one of their most reliable big men. They could have gotten him for a lot less than $60 million, as he had no intentions of leaving Washington, where he enjoys hanging out with his friends from the Polish Embassy. He has designs on going into politics when he retires. New York Daily News

While checking out the action, Gortat decided to sit down with NBA TV for an interview and offered his first comments since deciding to return to Washington. “A lot of different reasons,” Gortat said, when asked why he elected to stay with the Wizards. “First of all, I like the city. I like the team. I definitely feel comfortable over there. The team really took me under the wing and they help me since the day one. I definitely love the chemistry between me and John Wall. I think Bradley Beal is going to be a great player one day. Coach Randy [Wittman] believes in me, and I have a great relationship with him. So, the decision was real easy for me. I believe that we will be a special team for the next four or five years.” Washington Post

July 1, 2014 Updates

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