Finally, Marcin Gortat took the time to speak at length now that the Wizards' season is done as players went through exit interviews at Verizon Center on Monday.
First, the elephant in the room regarding his lack of chemistry with Nene that persisted most of the season:
"We just have to find the right balance. There are times when he's rolling really good and there are times when I'm rolling. We just got to find the right balance between playing pick-and-rolls, playing inside-outside, shooting 3s, coming off screens and doing different stuff. ... There were times we had great chemistry and balance was perfect but there were times when we were really screwed up. It's going to be a process.
"As much as I love Nene, and I think Nene understands this, too, I would love to play with a stretch four, with a guy who shoots the ball from the three-point line because that automatically gives me more room under the basket to operate. It gives me more opportunity to play pick-and-rolls to the paint where the paint is open."
Gortat had various ailments during the regular season but played every game for the second year in a row in Washington. Still, he needs to get right and give his all for the Polish National Team:
"I'm going to concentrate on resting right now, making sure I'm ready for my national team. I don't know what's going to happen the next few years but that might be my last year I'm going to play for the national team. I have a huge tournament in front of me, EuroBasket, we're going to play in France. Hopefully I'm going to play against Kevin (Seraphin) and I'll be able to compete against him. I want to have success with the national team. I've been more or less successful in the NBA. That's going to be my main focus."
Gortat signed a five-year, $60 million contract last summer. While he didn't always play like a $12 million-a-year center, he dismissed the suggestion that he felt pressure to live up to it but owned up to his lack of performance midseason and chemistry with the bench. That was especially key when John Wall broke his left wrist in Game 1 with Atlanta:
"I truly don't pay attention to the people that talk about me and my contract. Geez, next year average people are going to sign the same contract what I have. How about that? Should I opt out after the second year and get $150 million? My contract is going to be a mini-contract next year (when the new salary cap is set in 2016). We aren't going to be talking about that for sure. I'm going to be laughing scoring 20 points and say, 'Listen, I'm not making enough money.' That's what's going to happen. ... I totally didn't think about that.
"I had some personal issues that really had influence on my game and I was really screwed up mentally during the season. But it's my fault. I can only blame myself. Nobody else. I can definitely promise Wizards fans, the whole organization I'm not going to put myself in that trouble anymore. They're behind me. I'm still trying to close up the whole case and everything.
"John's injury changed a lot. It changed dramatically the whole series. If Ramon Sessions stayed with us a little longer than four or five months since the trade, if we had a Will Bynum a little bit longer they could also be better for us as a team. They didn't really have time. I had no chemistry with these guys. They were great. ... I'm quite if we stay together a little bit longer, we play better."
For clarification, when Gortat used "case," it wasn't a legal matter, CSNwashington.com confirmed.