HoopsHype Marcin Gortat rumors


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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.” Washington Post

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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.” Washington Post

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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.” Washington Post

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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. CSNWashington.com

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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.” Washington Post

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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. Washington Post

“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.” Washington Post

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The big men’s play helped the Wizards overcome a combined 12-for-36 shooting performance by John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce, who was playing his first game in Brooklyn since the Nets declined to keep him on last summer. “Me and Nene, we believe we are some of the most dominant big men in this league,” Gortat said. He added of Nene, “The guy’s a beast, an offensive beast.” New York Times

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