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March 10, 2014 Updates

Q: Any rule changes that you think would help the NBA game? For instance, sometimes they talk about instituting FIBA goaltending rules in the NBA. Any thoughts on that or any other changes that would help the game play? Marcin Gortat: The goaltending? It definitely wouldn’t help. You have too many athletic guys in this league that would tip the ball out of the rim, so pretty much to make a basket you will need to swish it, you know what I’m saying? I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight ... ESPN.com

Q: During the game? Marcin Gortat: During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game ... these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles]. ESPN.com

Q: You’d need bigger refs. You couldn’t have Dick Bavetta out there. Marcin Gortat: At some point when the referees jump in, then you’d have to stop. You’d have to stop. So I think that would be a great idea, just like the ice hockey fans waiting for that, that’s would NBA fans would get into as well. And, I think we’re definitely going to mention this in the players’ meeting, but we definitely have to mention the situation about the fans. When we say something to the fan, and when we curse him out, or when we definitely throw a punch, or we’re trying to hit the fan, we are suspended for half of the season. But when they yell at us or insult us or are cursing at us using bad words, they don’t get anything. So what I would say is that there’s definitely supposed to be a rule where if one of the fans is disrespecting us, then he got to leave the gym automatically. ESPN.com

Q: With the situation in Ukraine with Russia, I know that Poland has expressed some concerns to NATO about Russia’s actions (including military drills near the border with Poland). Is that something you’re keeping track of? Marcin Gortat: Quite honestly, even though I’m saying this left and right, I keep repeating this to everybody that one day I would like to be president (of Poland), I’m actually kind of off that subject now, off that topic right now because I really haven’t had time to follow what’s going on. ESPN.com

March 9, 2014 Updates
March 8, 2014 Updates

Gooden received a nameplate this week, which provided some added incentive. It also made Gooden more likely to commit to the Wizards if other teams come pursuing when his next deal expires on March 18. “You hear a lot about it’s no loyalty, but the Wizards…gave me this opportunity, why wouldn’t I stay here?” Gooden said. “It’s some point of loyalty for me to redeem myself, rejuvenate myself as a player. I don’t forget things like that and if it ever came down the line where it’s another team out there that wants me, I believe the Wizards would be my first choice.” Washington Post

But instead of seeking revenge during his return to Milwaukee nearly seven months after they severed ties, Gooden said he plans to focus on the fans, who often serenaded him with chants of “We want Drew” while he watched others play. “The people that had my back the most out there were my teammates and the fans. That’s who had my back and who had me going throughout that whole season,” Gooden said. That was a joy to see, that they really enjoyed me being there and they respected my work I put in there. That was the one thing that motivated me to come to work and still go hard in the morning.” Washington Post

Miyah, who was diagnosed with Stage 3B Burkitt's lymphoma late last year, wants nothing more than to meet Nicki and wear one of her signature pink wigs. But as inspirational as Miyah has been, having endured seven chemo treatments to date and still battling with complications resulting from those grueling sessions, meeting a celebrity like Nicki can be a tall order. That's where Washington Wizards' John Wall comes in. The recent Slam Dunk champion has taken up Miyah's campaign with one of his own driven by social media with the hashtags #HelpMiyahMeetNicki and #PinkWigForMiyah. Additionally, the All-Star point guard took to Instagram to post an adorable video he filmed with Miyah to help get Nicki's attention. MTV

March 7, 2014 Updates

A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Wizards’ “likely” will sign Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday after his first one expires. Gooden has only been with the team for a week, which he jokingly said gives him a good excuse if makes a mistake because he can just blame it on learning the system. But after being a well-traveled player – the Wizards are the 10th team for which he has suited up – Gooden hasn’t had a really difficult time fitting in. Washington Post

March 6, 2014 Updates

A source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Wizards’ “likely” will sign Gooden to a second 10-day contract on Saturday after his first one expires. Gooden has only been with the team for a week, which he jokingly said gives him a good excuse if makes a mistake because he can just blame it on learning the system. But after being a well-traveled player – the Wizards are the 10th team for which he has suited up – Gooden hasn’t had a really difficult time fitting in. Washington Post

“We always joke about how many teams I’ve been on, so this is not anything new for me, about trying to transition as quick as I have to in a short amount of time. The good thing is, we’re in a winning situation and whatever it takes to help the team, I’m going to do it,” Gooden said. “I had a lot of time to reflect on my career and having that much time off really tests your professionalism. Having to wake up on your own schedule and having to work out.” Washington Post

Coach Randy Wittman appears to be on the verge of guiding the Washington Wizards to the playoffs. And if the Wizards get there for the first time in six seasons, Wittman undoubtedly will receive praise. He’d rather receive a new contract. Wittman’s current one expires after the season. Although qualifying for the postseason would be a significant accomplishment for the franchise — especially considering the Wizards’ recent history — owner Ted Leonsis expects the Wizards to be a playoff team. Leonsis has set the bar high, and Wittman realizes he must clear it. Washington Post

March 5, 2014 Updates
March 3, 2014 Updates

So I’m not passing judgment, in any way, on Kevin Seraphin for his performance playing $25,000 Pyramid with John Wall at a recent Wizards game. I just found it to be an amazing romp through the various stages of human life and desserts you’d eat with a spoon. Like, has any NBA team ever had players discussing Creme Brulee on its big screen before? I would guess not. Seraphin helped Wall get four of the clues: “Marker,” “Country,” “Credit” and “Number.” Two that stumped them: “Spoon” and “Adult.” Here’s how those went. (“Sashia” is “Sashia Jones,” the team’s terrific senior director of community relations.) Washington Post

March 2, 2014 Updates
February 28, 2014 Updates

When asked afterward if it was the best win of his career, Wall said, “Probably so.” “Feeling is great. We won the game. We’ve proven that we can beat this team,” Gortat said. “It was a tough game, but in the end we was successful and that’s the most important thing. We really build the chemistry. We really build the team spirit with this win. It gave us a lot of energy for the next games.” Washington Post

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