“I’m retiring, I’m finishing my basketball career”, Marcin Gortat said in an interview with TVP Info. “I thank all my supporters that were watching me, supporting me because it was very important to me”, emphatized Gortat, the only Polish in NBA history.
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Marcin Gortat: “It’s time to end my career. I think this is the moment. I gave myself a year to see what life would bring me and it brought me the decision of retiring”.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. Another consideration currently overseas: Marcin Gortat. Lakers want a window into physical condition and mindset of a potential addition.
Marc Stein: The East-leading Bucks are among the teams that have weighed signing free-agent center Marcin Gortat — who IS playoff-eligible for his next team — but league sources say Milwaukee, to this point has elected not to take its interest further
Marcin Gortat: I would like to say thx u to @LAClippers organization for this opportunity! I wish I could finish the season in LA but I understand how this business works. Thx u to Doc, Lawrence and staff members for great time we had. Once a clipper always a clipper!! #stayHealthy! #stayReady
The L.A. Clippers have waived center Marcin Gortat, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank. “We will miss the toughness Marcin brought to the group,” said Frank. “He was a tenacious defender and screen-setter, and we are grateful to have been a part of his long and distinguished career.”
Mike Fisher: Sources suggest to me that while #Mavs have $13M in this-season cap too , they are NOT planning pursuit of big men buyout candidates Enes Kanter or Marcin Gortat.
Marcin Gortat: It was great ride!
Marcin Gortat said he’s read how people have written how he’s gotten old and he’s adamant that he has plenty left in the tank. He made it clear he hates when the Wizards and other teams go small, stating that “small ball is trash.” Gortat doesn’t know what the Wizards will do with him entering the final year of his deal but he made it clear he can still play.
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat said today he doesn’t expect his NBA career to continue after his current contract expires following the 2018-19 season, and he added he would love to end his career with the Orlando Magic. “I would love to join the team for maybe two or three months, or maybe half a season at least,” Gortat told the Orlando Sentinel after the Wizards completed their shootaround Friday at Capital One Arena.
Marcin Gortat: “I’m going to be a old guy, so I don’t know if Orlando would be interested or not. But I would love to join the team back again just to wear the uniform, put the white and blue stripes again on me and be able to say I’m a Magic again and just come back home where I belong. That would definitely be a dream come true to do that for me. Whatever the team wants to do — play me, just be in the rotation or just be a bench player — I would definitely be there for the team.”
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Shams Charania: Pacers center Myles Turner has a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Turner is the NBA leader in blocked shots (4.2 per game).
SOMETIME IN OCTOBER 2019, Joe Boylan, then an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, received an unexpected text from Brandon Ingram — one of the franchise’s new stars, acquired months earlier in the Anthony Davis trade. “I trust you now,” the message began. Ingram urged Boylan to coach him hard, invited Boylan to “motherf—” him if necessary, whatever it took. It was the same message Ingram had delivered to New Orleans higher-ups on his first day there, when he walked into the office of Jeff Bzdelik, then the Pelicans’ lead assistant, and declared, “I think I have greatness in me. I want you to get it out of me, and I don’t care what you do,” several in that room recalled.
Days after that text, Ingram arrived a few minutes late to his appointment at the training table. That was not unusual. Ingram is a night owl. Boylan lit into him in front of the training staff: “This is why the Lakers got rid of you! This motherf—er wants to be great? No! He wants to be comfortable.” Boylan’s delivery was so over the top, everyone knew it was somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Boylan reminded Ingram that his lateness delayed players behind him on the schedule. Ingram smiled and took it. “I like being called out,” he said. “Players at this level think they’re above that. I’m still a few minutes late sometimes, but I’m much better.”
Van Gundy walked out of Ingram’s house and called his brother, Jeff, a decorated coach and current analyst for ESPN. “This guy,” Van Gundy told his brother, “is the real deal.” Ingram is one of the most important swing players in determining the NBA’s balance of power. If he becomes the player he thinks he can be — a two-way superstar who approaches double digits in assists — the Pelicans have a chance to contend for titles around Ingram and Zion Williamson. Boylan often told Ingram that New Orleans could win championships if he became their Scottie Pippen.
Ingram has become a more confident and polished finisher around the basket — a prolific producer of free throws. Something clicked in the 2018-19 season, his rumor-filled final year with the Lakers, and the development accelerated in New Orleans. Ingram mastered his footwork — when to use choppy steps in tight creases, and when to gobble up space with loping strides. He finally seemed to understand how long his arms are — that he was on top of the rim sooner than he had perceived.
“The [trade rumors] were tough on him,” said Josh Hart, Ingram’s teammate in both L.A. and New Orleans. “Before LeBron got there, he had been given the keys. And then people in L.A. were killing him: He’s not as good anymore. He’s not a great No 2. pick. The rumors became part of our lives, all year. Thank god I don’t have to deal with that s— anymore.”
Justin Kubatko: Damian Lillard has made all 52 of his free throws over his last six games. It’s the second time in his career he’s shot 52-52 from the FT line over a six-game span. The only player in NBA history to make more free throws without a miss over a six-game span is Dirk Nowitzki. pic.twitter.com/Zx3Ez4lJ08