HoopsHype Marcin Gortat rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

After the game, teammate Marcin Gortat was still pumped up about the “professor in the post” attempting a tip-dunk. “Sick, right? For a second I thought it was somebody else,” Gortat said. “Oh my God. At the end of the day, I actually feel better that he didn’t dunk it because I would be embarrassed that he did it and I haven’t done it. The guy is a true professor in the post. He’s just schooling every point guard out there on the block on how to play with pace, changing directions, speed, pump fakes and everything. It’s crazy.” Washington Post

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"I think Kyle O'Quinn has a bright future in this league," Gortat said before his Washington Wizards played the Magic at the Amway Center on Wednesday. "He's just got to continue to work on everything he does, and obviously he can knock down some shots from outside. He's a physical big man who can rebound the ball, but at the end of the day, he has to get inside, play something on the post and try to fight. "Having a guy like Nik Vucevic on the team kind of reminds me of the same situation like I had with Dwight Howard. I just wish him all the best." Orlando Sentinel

December 10, 2014 Updates

"John [Wall] was truly amazing. I'm glad that he had a game like that. He kind of backed what I posted on Twitter a few days ago," Gortat said after the game. "He is definitely the top point guard in the league right now. He is playing tremendous basketball. His finishes around the rim are crazy but he is capable of doing that. As a team we just play better every time he is leading the right way" Bullets Forever

December 3, 2014 Updates

Marcin Gortat says the best selfies are taken 'butt naked'. In today's episode of "Gortat Says," the Wizards center tells us all how we should be taking our selfies. (VIDEO) SB Nation

December 2, 2014 Updates

Point guard John Wall was the engine in the Wizards’ crisp, fluid offense Monday. His passing — he finished with 13 assists — triggered superb ball movement. He worked well with center Marcin Gortat in the pick and roll and Gortat joked he deserved the credit for Wall’s success. “We just had this little conversation on the court,” said Gortat, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. “I might be wrong, but I’m always saying I’m going to bring every point guard to the promised land and I think I brought him to the promised land today.” Washington Post

November 22, 2014 Updates

Marcin Gortat noticed the frustration mounting for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. His Washington Wizards were manhandling them, exploiting Cleveland’s weaknesses down low and surpressing their offensive firepower with physicality. The deteriorating body language became pronounced as the game progressed and the Cavaliers struggled to find answers yet again in a 91-78 loss at Verizon Center. “I think they were just sloppy,” center Gortat said. “You realized that they don’t feel comfortable doing what they were doing. This is how it looks like sometimes. I think the communication between them could be a bit better. There were a lot of players that didn’t know what was going on at some points. I think it’s just frustrating when games aren’t going the right way you’re just getting frustrated. But we were focused on our own stuff.” Washington Post

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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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“We’re hoping to win the division now,” Marcin Gortat said on ESPN 980 Friday afternoon, before Chris Bosh re-signed with Miami. “Obviously we can’t forget about Charlotte, who’s a really good team too, [or] Atlanta, who’s a really good team. We’ve got to continue to just get better. The biggest goal for us is to get all the way to conference finals and hopefully NBA finals. We’re just trying to do better than we did last year, pretty much.” Washington Post

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