Marcin Gortat was talking to some Polish media; Przeglad Sportowy’s Marcin Harasimowicz, in fact (don’t even bother; I’m not Polish at all). While I have absolutely no knowledge of the Polish language, I do know someone that is. Adam Koscielak of Gothic Ginobili actually lives in Poland and is the reason why we didn’t have to use any sort of Rosetta Stone.
Anyway, here’s the translated text from Gothic Ginobili:
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.
Well, Gortat should do this: talk to Coach Alvin Gentry about the offense and let him know what’s up. And then depending on what happens after that, whether he gets one or 10 Mr. Mackey-like “mmmkays” from Gentry, he can ask for a trade or prove to Gentry that he DOES deserve more touches in the offense.
Gortat is averaging 11.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks in this young season. He’s doing quite well defensively so far but his scoring is down a little (he averaged 15.4 points last year).
Still, in the world of the internet, did he think his comments weren’t going to get back to the coach? Especially since us people from the world wide web are all going to talk about it? In any case, I hope Phoenix squares away this situation soon.
Otherwise, fire away on the trade machine.