Monday, March 10, 2014

Marcin Gortat thinks the NBA should allow fighting during games

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It's reasonable to assume that Marcin Gortat likes participating in a good tussle or two because he recently told Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt.net on ESPN.com that he would like to see brief fighting allowed during NBA games. You know, similar to the way players are allowed to throw down in the NHL.

Here's what Gortat had to say about the matter:

I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That's what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they're waiting for is a fight, you know what I'm saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight... 

During the game? 

During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game ... these two guys, they resolved their problem. They're both suspended and they're leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles]. 

It's hard to tell if Gortat was being completely serious about this idea. But based on his answer it sure seems like he's given this a lot of thought. At 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, I'd also venture to guess a guy of his stature is more open to the idea of fighting than a smaller guard.

Unfortunately, I don't think NBA commissioner Adam Silver shares his sentiment.

In case you're curious, Gortat also talked about John Wall, towel ripping, passion, the situation in Ukraine, and what kind of music he listens to before games.

Via Eye On Basketball

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