Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  50 responses

Marcin Gortat Has No Love for New York City

Gortat went a little John Rocker when asked about the Big Apple and playing in MSG tonight. From the Orlando Sentinel: “When a reporter asked Marcin Gortat what he thought of playing in New York City, Marcin Gortat began by saying he was sorry. Why was he sorry? For what came afterward. ‘The only thing I remember about New York is — it’s sad — but it’s terribly dirty,’ Gortat said. ‘And it smells bad, too. I’m sorry to say that, and I know New York fans will hate me probably. But it’s an incredibly city, great city, great fans… I love the fans and I love the famous people. I remember my rookie year I was sitting in the second row trying to find as many famous people as possible. But now, the memories I got is it’s just a dirty, dirty place.’”

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  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    19 million people in one city might cause a mess, yeah.

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    19 million people might cause a mess, yeah

  • letsmotor

    here’s on new yorker who agrees wholeheartedly.

  • letsmotor

    here’s one new yorker who agrees wholeheartedly.

  • Groves

    true… but the playing time would be pretty great hey. don’t ish where you eat

  • spit hot fiyah

    nice, back-to-back double posts

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    lol he called it a dirty place.

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Why was he sitting in the second row?

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Why was he sitting in the second row?

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Is this double-post night SLAM?

  • ClydeSays

    Yes, NYC is dirty. Orlando is very clean and devoid of any sort of modern culture. Which would you prefer?

  • KB2412345

    ^^^ Orlando…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    At least he didn’t make any mention of people smelling like dead donkeys. Lol

  • riggs

    new york is as dirty as orlando is boring.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Orlando isn’t boring, Orlando is beautiful, not too congested, great natural scenery, perfect weather…if comparing the two, I’d almost 10/10 pick Orlando to live in. Why would you live in New York?? extremely expensive, extremely congested, way too hectic, no parking spaces, barely breathable, and like Gortat says very dirty. Now I LOVE VISITING New York, but I’d never want to live there for more than a 1-2 months…..perhaps I’m just not a ‘city slicker’ anymore…been living in Virginia for the past 3 years

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …..what if during the intros Gortat hears the boos from the crowd and proceeds to the middle of the court and goes “The East Coast ain’t got no love for Gortat and the Magic???!!!!!!!” ala Snoop Dogg lol

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Must be talking about the Isiah Thomas era.


    Marcin Gortat is entitled to his opinion, but does anyone really care what he has to say? Not me!


    I’ve been to Orlando several times, and it’s a vacation spot, but it’s not a place I’d want to live year round. My friend Isaac was a DJ at a nightclub down there, and even he couldn’t wait to get back to New York after finishing up at UCF.

  • Ben

    @IAMORANGE4EVER Someone asked for his opinion so yes, some people care

  • marc

    lmaoo @the black rick kamla.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    if chicago is dirty as it is, i can’t imagine how dirty nyc is.

    but for some reason people love that sh*t. especially white kids living on trust funds who want to experience “urban life” at its grimiest, a.k.a “trustafarians”


    I can’t wait for tonight’s game at MSG. I would be poetic justice if the Knicks “hammer” the Magic tonight.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    LOL @ airs

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Somebody really said Orlando is “beautiful”?

  • EtheKnickfan

    Its not like if he played for the knicks he has to live in the bronx.

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    @ the black rick kamla that made me laugh so loud at work. i just picture him with a blue bandana around his neck and a bat

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Everyone isn’t built for it.

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  • JalepinoSausage

    Its all G Marcin . You tell it like it is. NY stinks. Why doesnt anyone good go there. sorry Amare. THAT IS WHY. We love ya Bracie.

  • JalepinoSausage

    why was he sitting in the second row ? Because the first row should say ‘$hort asses only !’

  • werd
  • janglesjr

    Gortat had better be careful – Madison Square Garden has Asbestos and Amare falling from the roof:


  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I doubt New York is any dirtier than New Orleans, and it clearly has less crime thanks to rampant police profiling.
    Just wanted to put that out there.

  • D12FSU

    Born in New York, raised in Orlando…I love both cities. NY is more fun/exciting but ORL is more of a place where you would want to love….also someone mentioned about UCF being lame…I agree (go noles!)

  • D12FSU

    where you would want to live**


    went to NYC a little while back. Except for the partying, I couldn’t wait to go back to Ottawa. For the americans, that’s the canadian capital. Even China and there 1.5 b people isn’t as dirty as NYC…good one Gortat

  • cbanta

    Poland is so much cooler than NYC.

  • bnets

    New York cancels game cause it`s dirty hahah Gortat`s right on the money hahahaha

  • orl.chris

    dirty ass msg havin some asbestos problems tonight, looks like gortat speaks nothin but the truth

  • Groves@UWA

    well he’s not going to get signed by the knicks now is he… ruined that potential

  • MikeC.

    This is Amare’s fault. If he didn’t dunk so hard the asbestos would have stayed where it was and nobody would have been the wiser. We didn’t have these problems when Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph were patrolling the paint since neither of them could jump.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    @ MikeC. Nah, those two just bent the floorboards

  • BkNy

    You couldn’t pay me to live in Orlando (boring, bland), anywhere in flyover country (nuff said), or any place on the west coast (too airheaded and phony) except for San Francisco. It’s the only other American city I find to be sophisticated. Chicago is ok, but it’s a wannabe NY and it’s in the midwest. I’ll take a dirty NY over a clean whatever other American city.

  • Jagster

    Who cares what Gortat thinks!!

    Why is it so many people I know who move to Orlando from NY always moves back or hates it?

    Any place old (NY was founded by 1600 by the dutch, previously inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans) is never going to look as new and shiny as a modern, culture-less, strip mall/club orange grove field like Orlando.

    Lastly. NYC is not all Manhattan or Midtown.

    He needs to come to our beautiful, cleaner, greener neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and The Bronx (yes I said the Bronx, many nice, clean sections of the Bronx).

    Shoot. Once you get out of Midtown (where the Garden is) he could of seen many cleaner parts of Manhattan.

    Lastly? How clean is Poor ass Poland and it’s largest city Warsaw Gortat.

    Gimme a freaking Break Gortat!!

  • James

    Gortat is a clown just like the rest of you non Knick fans reading and posting on a Knicks blog. Really are you people trying to compare NYC to Poland, Orlando and even Ottawa. Come on now. Stay out of NY we don’t want you here anyway….

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  • Rahsaan

    Who in the BLUE HELL is Marcin Gortat??

  • ART

    This isn’t a difficult issue… geesh! Both cities have their pluses and minuses. Each city attracts a different kind of person. I grew up in New York City but now live in Tampa (and no, I’m not even over 40, let alone 60). If you’re single and want places to go out and see, or want to experience the ambiance of a truly international city, well, let’s just say though I love Epcot, Orlando hardly has the electric feeling of being in THE city. I mean, there’s a reason folks living from Connecticut all the way down to Delaware and even parts of Maryland understand when you say you live in “the city” you mean New York City, (despite the existence of other “2nd best”ers like Philly, D.C., Boston, et. al.) Is there some garbage on the streets of Manhattan? Absolutely. Am I more worried about being mugged in NY’s subway than I am Orlando’s? Absolutely!, but mainly because there IS no subway in Orlando. Orlando has no place like Little Italy, Chinatown, Sojo, Broadway, Greenwich Village, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, etc… and never will. If you’re single, don’t live in Florida because finding anyone worth dating here is hell. In NYC, however, you can easily find an actual, living woman to date that you don’t have to pay for (and those you do have to pay for of course). There are no beaches in Orlando, no oceanfront housing… Really people… we’re talking apples and oranges trying to compare NYC and Orlando. They each attract a VERY different person, and BTW, who the hell is Marcin Gortat?

  • alain cataano

    Marcin what!? NY is the greatest city on earth,your mouth is filthy,and so is Lech Walesa,oil &flakes falling off his hair.And that is your national hero & ex-president,so sweep in front of your own door.We still have work to do,in terms of sanitation…but everthing in Orlando is fake,void of culture.nuttin’magic .only illusions.so go hang out at ur mall or get to the closest drive-thru and enjoy ur favorite clean fast food after the next