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Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 2:55 pm  |  18 responses

Marcin Gortat Complains About His New Role in Phoenix


Phoenix Suns forward Marcin Gortat came into this season full of confidence and bravado, determined to prove to the hoops world that he can thrive without Steve Nash spoon-feeding him for baskets. It hasn’t quite worked out, and the Polish Hammer is none too pleased. Gortat blames his new point guard, the head coach, and a host of others for his struggles. From Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy (translated by the blog Gothic Ginobili): “A lot has changed in the Suns since last season. Marcin Gortat: ‘Unfortunately, in my case – for worse. I’m certainly not the player I was last season, I need to find my place in the new order. I’m still capable of helping this team, and regularly recording a double double, but when the ball sticks to one person on offence, it’s hard to find a good rhythm.’ Last season you’ve scored a lot of points off of Steve Nash pick and rolls. The team doesn’t play that way anymore. MG: ‘That’s true, but I can score in various situations. Finishing pick and rolls, in transition, from midrange, around the rim. There are a lot of options. Unfortunately, my two strongest plays – the pick and roll and post-ups have been taken away from me. It’s not easy, we have a lot of plays that don’t include me. And my chemistry with Goran Dragic hasn’t been quite equal to what I had with Steve. These are things that we need to work on.’ Coach Alvin Gentry told me that the main post option was Luis Scola. You, on the other hand, are number one on defense. MG: ‘Unfortunately… I’ve been doing the dirty work all my life, and now I have to come back to that. I will fight for what’s mine. I’ll try to prove to the coach that I can play an important role in the offence. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m even an option for Gentry. He doesn’t even take me into consideration. The situation is critical. We’re playing the same thing we’ve been playing last year, but the truth is we have a completely different set of players. I don’t think it really works. I can’t get frustrated now though, I have to stay positive.’ The Suns have a lot of players that create for themselves. MG: ‘We have plenty of players who like to create for themselves, but it doesn’t always work. We don’t share the ball as much as we have in previous seasons. The ball doesn’t move around the perimeter – it usually stops after one or two passes. You can’t play like this, let alone win. Basketball is a team sport. Nobody ever won a game alone.’ […] Did the coach honestly tell you what he expects from you? MG: ‘We’ve talked before the season started. He said he expects me to play defence, rebound, block shots and quarterback the defence. He also said he wanted me to set up in the paint and wait for my shots. And I’m still waiting… (laughter) ‘”

(H/T: PBT)

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  • LeroyShonuff

    The suns perimeter is shakey at best, it would seem logical atleast to have them attack the post more with him, luis and morris. Kinda like what memphis is doing.

  • Caboose

    Cosign. Memphis learned that while Conley and Gay are solid players, they have a dominant frontline in ZBo and Marc. It’s much easier to exploit a post mismatch than a perimeter one.

  • BuenoWayno1

    “He’s alright but he’s not real” if you take into account the suspect guard play *cough cough Kendell Marshall cough* and having a guy like Mike Beasley on your team, you’re not gonna get alot of buckets.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Very true. Bad coaching philosophy going on in phoenix. Not just phoenix either, but alot of NBA teams as well

  • Caboose

    Phoenix, Sacramento, Detroit, Portland, and Toronto all have decent low post talent but MUCH prefer to rely on (selfish) perimeter play.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well Phoenix is more worried about the future. And I doubt Luis Scola or Marcin Gortat are really apart of that.
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    Toronto’s new system revolves around Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan – and when they are healthy, it looks like the right decision.
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    Sacramento/Detroit/Portland are all very very very poorly coached. That’s all there is too that.

  • Caboose

    What exactly is Phoenix’s future? Dragic and Beasley?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    And there you have it ladies and gents…Steve Nash.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i didn’t say it was a smart future. but as of now, it’s just Dragic and whoever they can add in the off-season. Beasley is like a project. — Gentry seems to prefer P.J. Tucker when it matters tho

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    I haven’t watched much of Beasley ever since they traded him to Minny. In the few games I’ve watched this season, he is terrible defensively esp off the dribble. If MWP and all his 260lbs keeps blowing by him and Alvin Genry would much rather have the corpse of Jermaine ONeal guarding Bron in the paint at his listed position, then you know it’s bad.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, his defense is otherworldly bad. MWP put up 22 on him. smh.

  • roscoe

    how is PHX’s locker room now? punk move gortat.

  • LeroyShonuff

    Phoenix future is horrible. Maybe they plan on bottoming out hoping to get the center kid from UK, Norleans. I won’t say Sac, Det or Portland are poorly coached either. Detroit and Portland play hard, Portland just doesn’t have any bench scoring or depth. Detriot lacks spacing which should improve with Kyle starting and Stuckey coming off the bench. Sac just needs a pg. That teams needs a pg to get them parts the ball. I truly believe Sac gets a pg, that team will rise.

    Any system that revolves around Demar is dumb. Point blank

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=660600032 Tavoris Sinclair

    adding Beasley means you are going to get less shots. That’s a known fact.

    But he needs to suck it up, because he’s still getting as many shots as Dwight Howard was in Orlando.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Well for the sake of my fantasy team let’s hope he get’s back to last year’s level of play

  • jedi420

    He’s a horrible passer and ballhandler too.. him and Josh Smith are painful to watch how casual and sloppy they are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    He’s getting as many as DH in LA

  • bootyjuice

    every game i watch dragic in he dominates the ball and does not get people involved. ya his numbers are decent but they are losing this way.

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