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?