Gortat feels overlooked
Last season, 51 percent of starting center Marcin Gortatís field goals were assisted by Nash. It is a sore spot for Gortat, who relished Nash publicly often but felt overlooked in the process.
ďIt is kind of (expletive) up
,Ē Gortat said. ďIím not taking anything away from Steve Nash. Heís a great, great point guard. I mean probably the best point guard Iíve ever played the game with. But at the end of the day, there were a few other big men playing with him and they didnít succeed. Itís not like Steve Nash, whatever he touches is going to turn into gold. You need a second person who has got some kind of skills and some kind of feeling for the game to make that duo work perfectly
ďI think we were working perfectly. We were No. 1 in the league by the passes and finishes. Iíd say there was a little bit of credit for me, too. I finished some hard shots, too, by the way. Some of the little credit should also go on my side
Gortat also has to prove he wonít shrink in a big moment. With postseason hopes on the line at Utah in April, Gortat had five consecutive shots in the lane blocked. It was a continuation of his poor shooting in the seasonís stretch run. He admitted that his Utah performance haunted him this summer.
ďBeing that guy who was leading the team most of the games on the boards and in points, then all of a sudden when the main game is coming in, youíre failing,Ē Gortat said. ďIt hurts. The only thing I can say is sorry to the fans and Iíll promise to do better.Ē