“The two things I’m quite sure we have big advantage over the United States: women, we have the most beautiful women … I mean beautiful and smart and good culture, most of them come from good houses,” he said, of Poland. “And the second thing is food. We have a lot of farmers. “We have a lot of healthy food, I think the numbers show in the United States that 50% of the people in the U.S. are overweight, so back in Poland that’s impossible — I don’t think we have 25% even.”
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.
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.”
PGE Turow Zgorzelec signed Chris Wright. The forward comes from the Milwaukee Bucks who waived him a few days ago. Wright averaged 6 points and 2.5 rebounds with the Bucks last season.
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.”
Madrid will announce EuroBasket 2015 hosts on September 8. Croatia, France, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Israel and Turkey are on the list of possible host countries. The Board of FIBA Europe decided to relocate 2015 EuroBasket from Ukraine. The decision has been officially announced earlier. The situation in Ukraine has not changed drastically in the last months so the decision seemed inevitable.
Maalik Wayns turned down the proposal of Stelmet Zielona Gora according to Kosma Zatorski. The former NBA was close to the Polish team but he decided not to sign the offer made by the European team.
Maalik Wayns is close to penning a deal with Polish team Stelmet Zielona Gora, according to Kosma Zatorski.
Antoine Wright is moving to PGE Turow Zgorzelec according to Szczepan Radzki. Former NBA player spent last season with Reno BigHorns in D-League averaging 11.3ppg and 5.2rpg.
07 Sep 13
05 Sep 13
Poland have named their final squad for Eurobasket, which tips off next week in Slovenia. Marcin Gortat unsurprisingly headlines the team that has one more tune-up against Turkey on Friday before they board the plane to Slovenia.
Slask Wroclaw announced two new players. Polish team signed former Lakers Derrick Caracter from Bnei Hertzeliya and Jakub Parzenski from Virtus Bologna. Caracter last season averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, Parzenski only 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
The squad has been heartened by the news that their most important player, Marcin Gortat, is to join Poland on Sunday in Belgium, where they are facing Israel, the hosts and Italy in a warm-up tournament for the EuroBasket in Slovenia. The 2.11m pivot had been with Poland in July but travelled to the United States earlier this month so doctors could examine the metatarsal injury that he suffered in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns. The Polish federation said: “Gortat will on Sunday, 18 August, fly to Belgium where on 17-19 August the Poles will play in a tournament with Israel, the hosts and Italy.”
Now the squad has been heartened by the news that their most important player, Marcin Gortat, is to join Poland on Sunday in Belgium, where they are facing Israel, the hosts and Italy in a warm- up tournament for the EuroBasket in Slovenia. The 2.11m pivot had been with Poland in July but travelled to the United States earlier this month so doctors could examine the metatarsal injury that he suffered in March while playing for the Phoenix Suns.
Marcin Gortat has taken permission to leave the training camp of the Polish national team for three weeks but, in principle, his participation at EuroBasket 2013 is not under question. The Polish center flew to the USA on Thursday to undergo medical tests, after completing the first stage of preparations for the EuroBasket together with the rest of the team, in Gdansk. “Physically, I feel better and better, the rehabilitation is going well, but I still feel the pain of the foot, even during training,” the 29-year-old big man said.
Q: What are you going to do about playing with the Polish national team? Marcin Gortat: : In the worst case, I might take a break that’s six months. That’s going to be almost impossible to do.
Lampe, speaking exclusively to fibaeurope.com, sent exactly this message of tranquillity to Polish fans: “Yes, I’m going to play,” he stated briefly but firmly, when asked whether he had considered his participation at the EuroBasket. There is hardly time to mention the recent developments concerning Gortat before the Caja Laboral Vitoria forward/center interrupts decisively: “He’ll play too,” he says firmly.
Polish basketball player Marcin Gortat who plays in the NBA – professional basketball league in North America, arrived to the Afghanistan where it awaits a busy summer – participation in the shares of traditional children’s camps, training sessions and matches with the representation and a trip to the military mission in Afghanistan. NBA basketball star Marcin Gortat has told Polish soldiers that they are true heroes, as, unlike the athletes competing in sports halls, they risk their lives to make life safer for others. Gortat added also that he was under the impression of the professional skills of Polish soldiers. He honestly approved that he had wriggled out of military service.
There’s a chance Rockets first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas could remain with his Polish team and presumably miss the entire NBA season. So says Lithuanian website BasketNet. The site managed to track down Motiejunas’ father and snag this quote (in yet another horrible example of Google Translate): This website “BasketNews.lt affirmed basketball dad Vidas Motiejunas. “Donate remain in Poland, because it has a contract until the end of the season and guided him. Not even thought about the NBA this season. N. is still young, before all eyes, “- site” BasketNews.lt “said Donato dad.
Emiliano Carchia: Interesting move by Alonzo Gee who simply left Asseco Prokom Gdynia without a single word. Just an sms to the coach writing he is leaving. Alonzo Gee wrote in the sms to Asseco Prokom that he is leaving for personal reasons and won’t play anymore for the Polish team
Alberto de Roa: According to Sport.pl, Antoine Walker is looking for a club in Poland. Slask Wroclaw is one of the teams that has offered him a contract.