Feb 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) dribbles as Sacramento Kings power forward Derrick Williams (13) and Sacramento Kings small forward Quincy Acy (5) defend during the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Kings 93 - 84. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat wants fighting allowed in the NBA


In a wide-ranging interview with Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat with Kyle Weidie for TrueHoop, the “Polish Hammer” weighs in on a rule change he would like to see the NBA adopt and borrow one of the pastimes from hockey and make it a part of basketball.

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].

You’d need bigger refs. You couldn’t have Dick Bavetta out there.

At some point when the referees jump in, then you’d have to stop. You’d have to stop. So I think that would be a great idea, just like the ice hockey fans waiting for that, that’s would NBA fans would get into, as well.

Okay, so this is not ever going to happen. Not in a million years, but you have to think Gortat is showing off his sense of humor in the interview with Weidie, but could you imagine LeBron James and Blake Griffin slugging it out at center court?

[h/t Deadspin]

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Gortrat this is why “you put ball in hoop” and do not make any decisions…. because
    we all know it would be a GGGGREATTT idea havng 6 – 7 feet men with solid footing taking swings at one another…. how about this Marcin…. we will allow a few guys in the league to take swings at your face and if you still have a fuctioning jaw…. we will give fighting the go a head…. and make it open season on “Gortat” anytime a team plays the Wizards… SMH and this guy is a millionaire in America….. now i have seen and heard it all !

    • bigmikereese

      Shut your pie hole and get off your “I’ve seen it all now” soapbox. Too much “we” in your post. You sound jeolous and bitter. You only represent yourself. Use more I and a lot less we.

      • Real M-Fing talk !!!

        yeah…. i should NOT say “we” but you CAN tell “me” what i should be saying… makes perfect sense… word of advice since you like offering your opinion….i will give mine…. you need to SHUT YOUR “your ugly house n-i-g-r-o, planet of the Apes reject, b-a-b-o-o-n swinging from tree to tree gorilla looking A-3-3 the” FUDGE UP !.. taking all this crap about me using “we” like i was referring to you…F-u-d-g-e ..you !…. plus i figured your house n-i-g-r-o …A-3-3…. would feel right at home with me using “we”… like i am going to be jealous of Gortat…yeah, who doesn’t want to walk around looking like some 7 foot dude that resembles a Sasquatch…