Gortat had recently retired from basketball after a stint with the Clippers last season. He had not played in a game during the 2019-20 season before calling it a career in mid-February. “It’s sad but you know, the whole adventure and the whole ‘Polish Hammer’ thing has to end at some point,” Gortat said. “I’m happy that after 12 years I achieved so much being the 57th pick in the draft. Now, I’ve got the good part and I’m going to enjoy my life and enjoy the other guys watching them play on the court.”
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“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.
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”.
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.”
Asked Friday how much longer he wants to play, he said he doesn’t expect to play after the 2018-19 season. “This is a very difficult question,” Marcin Gortat answered. “The way NBA politics goes right now, I’m afraid that next year might be my last year. This is how I feel right now. Obviously, we’re going to have a summer, then another year of basketball and then I’m going to think about it. But the way I feel right now, it’s like next year might be my last year of my career.” Asked to explain why he thinks 2018-19 likely will be his last season, he said, “I’m not saying 100 percent. I would say ‘probably.’ The way everything goes, the way the NBA goes right now and everything that’s going on, I just don’t feel like I’m going to stay in this league for much longer.” He declined to elaborate further even after he was given opportunities to do so.
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September 30, 2020 | 9:36 pm EDT Update
Albert Nahmad: Do NBA players earn extra $ during the playoffs? Yes, kind of. This season’s Playoff Pool is $23.3M, which is allocated among the 16 playoff teams. Lakers and Heat have already earned $4.8M and $4.4M from it. At stake for Finals winner is another $1.4M (and that trophy thing).
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Rick Bonnell: Silver on NBA free agency: Says salary cap and tax numbers would plummet for next season if they reflected loss in revenue. Says that would cause “havoc.” (Translation: Numbers will be higher than that, but players need to have realistic expectations to reach an agreement).
Chris Mannix: Silver says he believes potential labor issues can be resolved with the union before next season. Describes relationship with the players union as “constructive.” Admits there will be “difficult negotiations” ahead, but expects them to get resolved.
Mark Medina: Adam Silver: “Based on everything I’ve ready, there is no chance there will be a vaccine” by next season. Silver said that he thinks the rapid testing and safety protocols could still allow fans in limited capacity into arenas. But again all fluid
Jared Weiss: Silver says the draft date has been essentially locked in, though there is a small chance something could change if unforeseen events occur. There will be a guidance to come on how to set the cap and tax at some point ahead of the draft.
Mark Medina: Adam Silver on having NBA’s teams having only four Black coaches: “I don’t see a way to operate where the league office is dictating to a team who they should or shouldn’t hire or fire.” Silver added, “having said that, I know we can do better.”