Marcin Gortat has been known to fire back at his critics directly on Twitter and, like most professional athletes, he has some detractors, even within the Wizards fanbase itself. But Gortat knows his value to the Wizards and how well he fits on their roster.
Gortat prides himself on being durable and playing a full season, as he did in 2016-17, is not as easy as it looks. The Wizards big man talked about staying healthy and how fans value him on a recent episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast in a long interview with CSN's Chris Miller:
"'Well, obviously it's always good to hear that, the stuff that people see; the double-doubles and always being able to play. I'm glad people in their position see that. I like that. I definitely appreciate it. But at the end of the day, I feel like people forgot about that: who I am and what I bring to the table. It's funny, obviously nobody from management said it, none of the coaches said it, I just want to make that clear, but there were some fans who said 'oh, his time has come to an end in a Wizards jersey and it's about time to trade him.' But people don't understand that you miss players when you don't have them. I have been in a situation I remember with the Orlando Magic where the coach told me 'don't get too cocky with winning because one day you will see how bad it is to lose games.' I was like 'yeah, yeah, I don't think that's going to happen to me.' Then, all of a sudden, you get traded to the Phoenix Suns and you're going through a [20-win] season and you're one of the worst teams in the league. Then, you all of a sudden you realize 'wow, now I know what he was talking about.'
"I have the same feeling pretty much where I know what I can do, I know what I can bring to the table, especially with the crew that we have and the coaches that we have. I'm going to try to do the same this year: be available for 82 games or at least 82 games and give 110 percent from my tank. If I can come up with another season where I'm one of the top six, seven or eight rebounders in the league, that's going to be great. Obviously, I would still like to add a few blocks to that and a few points, but that depends on what kind of system we're going to have and what kind of role I'm going to have this season."
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