Wizards’ Gortat: ‘I Want to Be a Winner’
Marcin Gortat knew that he wasn’t long for Phoenix the moment the rebuilding Suns drafted former Maryland center Alex Len fifth overall last June, but that didn’t make any less startling the news that he had been traded to the Washington Wizards.
“When you hear that word, coming out of the GM’s mouth, like, ‘Listen, we just traded you,’ your legs are getting soft, ” Gortat said on Monday, following his first practice with his new team.
“I want to be a winner. I want to be known as a winner. The first four years of my career, I was spoiled, by Stan Van Gundy, winning 50-plus games in the NBA and I thought, ‘This is how it is in the NBA. You’re going to be winning 50-plus game every year,’ ” Gortat said. “But unfortunately, things didn’t go well for me in the past two or three years. It’s not easy to lose 50, 60 games a year and quite honestly, you can get tired of that.”