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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Detroit, Michigan

    Marcin Gortat Calls Suns Teammates Weak and Lacking in Character

    Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    As one of the most frank and outspoken Phoenix Suns players, it’s not entirely surprising that Marcin Gortat ripped his team after their hellish campaign came to an end (at 25-57, it’s the worst Suns season in 44 years.) Gortat called his squad “weak” and questioned the character of some of his younger teammates. Per the AZ Republic and PBT: “We are missing character,’ Gortat said. ‘We are missing just strong minds in the team. We are just weak, mentally weak basically. We just need more talent. We need more athletic, energetic guys and people who want to compete and fight.’ [...] ‘But like I said, that’s a decision to make by the people in the front office. I’m just going to look at myself and try to correct my mistakes and try to be better next year.’ Gortat was pressed on the character issue, and essentially said that there was a segment of the team that didn’t seem to care whether they won or lost. ‘At the end of the day, it’s all about the player,’ he said. ‘If you don’t feel that you’ve got to work, if you feel comfortable that somebody’s coming into your house and punking your *** by 30 points every night, it’s not right. It’s just not right. I’ve been in the league six years now and I’ve never been in a situation like that … I tried at least to approach a few younger players during the season,’ he said. ‘I don’t think I had the impact. I don’t think as a player, a six-year veteran, I have that impact yet. Definitely Jermaine O’Neal was the guy that was trying to convince a lot of the young guys to perform better. But I’ve got to tell you, when I was making it in the league, I was listening. I was listening and I had a lot of great veterans, I had a lot of great strong-minded people on the team. If I had tried to act like a smart-***, or I tried to pretend like I know everything or understand everything, I’d get slapped in the head automatically, and [Stan Van Gundy in Orlando] would bring me back to earth. Like I said, I grew up in a great system. These young guys, there’s a lot of young guys who just think they’re better than they really are.’”

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    I would be ok with this if he didn't have such a horrible season himself.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    yea, he was the pillar of strength of the team, the go-to guy, and the toughest player in the paint

  4. #4
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    Jun 2009
    I don't mind it....Seems like there is no leadership. I sure hope Hunter is gone, because he doesn't seem like he really has much control of the team. He may be a great teacher and developer, but he seems to lack a lot of leadership.

    And Marcin is right....We definitely need more talent. Imagine if we had a talented scorer at the SG or SF position to go with Goran, Scola, and Marcin. We'd actually have a pretty solid starting lineup.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    I would agree with you guys; Gortat is one of those guys who gave up. I guess he did say 'we' when talking about those people lacking in character and that he said he'd work on his own problems so at least he realises he had a bad season.

    I don't have a problem with Gortat saying that because its more than likely true but I do think its somewhat hypocritical for him to call his team mates it like that.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    I really don't mind. He could handle the media better but this isn't the first time we've heard this this season. Scola and Dragic have mentioned things to the sort.
    Maybe we can trade him this offseason so he can say what he really thinks. Maybe he'll call out players.
    I get the feeling it's Beasley, Morris, maybe Marshall.

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