Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  23 responses

Marcin Gortat Calls Suns Teammates Weak and Lacking in Character

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 ass 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-ass, 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.’”

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  • LLC#12

    I remember thinking a starting 5 of Gortat, Scola, Beasley/Dudley, Brown and Dragic would be reasonably competitive. I was not even close to being right.

  • Caboose

    Good talent on paper, but those skills really don’t mesh together well on the court. Nor did the coach know how to use them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he finishes the interview by saying that the weakness or getting over it, starts with him. But let’s leave that out.


    “We’ve got to be tougher with everything we do, including me,” he said. “Starting with me. Just because I’m talking about our whole team doesn’t mean I’m doing a great job. I’ve got to be tougher, do everything 100 percent better, and like I said, I never want to be in a situation like that for the rest of my life.”

    Come on SLAM.

  • Caboose

    Paragraphs Slam. I hate typing this every other day, but man, it is seriously getting annoying. Y’all responded to complaints about the old commenting system, why not about something even easier to change?

  • Caboose

    TMZ/FOX reporting.

  • Rockwell

    I think we all know he’s talking about Michael Beasley.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah, reading the headline i was expecting some straight up teammate bashing. he does take same blame himself while criticizing some of his teammates

  • bike

    It’s a real good thing that nba players don’t visit this site. Candidate for Most Miss leading Headline of the Year award.

  • jmm

    Beasley is the issue. Dude is just a dud.

  • jmm

    I’m with you on this. It’s basic journalism.

  • R32

    Worms* oops

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

    Nor did the coach know how to do anything*

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Sometimes teams just don’t have the horses. Phoenix doesn’t even have one.

  • Bruce Wayne

    I think he was trying to criticize and maybe motivate his teamates without coming off as holier than thou, which is why he also said that he himself could improve as well

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

    no New York Post?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    There are no shared strengths. How do you build a system as a coach around 5 enigmas?

  • nhm

    i thought dragic is good. and so is this gortat guy, they’re not stars but solid starters.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    sadly, slam doesnt care

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    phx has always had a soft squad the past few years

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    not a dudley fan either

  • eo


  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    Sanchez is right.