Vince Carter wasn't the only one to receive a tribute and ovation Friday night at Capital One Arena.
Former Wizards center and bone-crunching screen-setter Marcin Gortat was in attendance and during the first quarter of the Wizards' game against the Hawks, the team played a tribute video to honor him.
Gortat had recently retired from basketball after a stint with the Clippers last season. He had not played in a game during the 2019-20 season before calling it a career in mid-February.
"It's sad but you know, the whole adventure and the whole 'Polish Hammer' thing has to end at some point," Gortat said. "I'm happy that after 12 years I achieved so much being the 57th pick in the draft. Now, I've got the good part and I'm going to enjoy my life and enjoy the other guys watching them play on the court."
Friday's tribute has to feel good for Gortat, who wasn't necessarily happy when he didn't receive one last season when he returned to DC with the Clippers.
“Well, what do I think about that? A lot of guys around the league are getting tributes. It ’s obviously up to the organization, but I guess Austin Rivers did enough to get his tribute, but I didn’t do enough to get a tribute here,” Gortat said after his return. “A few guys around the team understand. It was kind of weird.”
That's in the past now, and for a player who helped lead the Wizards to four playoff berths in five seasons, Gortat received the welcome he probably deserves.
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