Marcin Gortat getting it done for the...

Marcin Gortat getting it done for the Orlando Magic

There are 28 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 26, 2009, titled Marcin Gortat getting it done for the Orlando Magic. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

The Cleveland Cavaliers entered their Eastern Conference finals series with Orlando believing that if they could somehow manage to get Magic Dwight Howard in foul trouble, they would be in pretty good shape.

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Slantel

Indialantic, FL

#1 May 26, 2009
I love Gortat... thank you for writing a article about this player. He is the most underrated player on the team! I shout the POLISH HAMMER everytime he enters! I hope the Magic can keep him next season even though he is good enough to start on any team in the league. Even if Dwight was out Gortat can step up and do the same Dwight does.

Keep blocking those LeBron shots Polish Hammer!
joe

United States

#2 May 26, 2009
The dude rocks!! The Polish Hammer!
Bigboy

Winter Park, FL

#3 May 26, 2009
Otis Smith, Please pay Marcin Gortat, the man can play or someone else will pay for his service. I am sure he will develop to be a good center in this league. We also need Hedo Turkeylou,he is the glue to this team. A 6'10" who play like a guard,he deserve 10 mill per season for 5 years. Marcin is worth 3 to 4 mill per season. Let's keep this team together, we can win this thing for years. I know we have Cleveland and Lakers number, we can beat these two teams in a game of seven anytime.
Magic Man

Orlando, FL

#4 May 26, 2009
I concur Big Boy. Whatever it takes, we have to resign Turk and Marcin. Turks skillset is second to none for a guy his size. And with Gortat, we have the top 2 rebounders per 48 minutes a game on our squad. Marcin could start for at least 1/2 of the teams in the league. Hopefully we don't insult him with a lowball offer. And also, I hope he can see that by sacrificing starts on an inferior team, he could stay here and have a very good chance to win rings for the next 5-7 years. Good on you Gortat. Good on you!!!

“FL for Harley FL not Floriduh”

Since: Jul 08

Lake Mary

#5 May 27, 2009
Ya gotta love this guy! The Magic are hitting stride and will win this series. Gortat the Polish Prince will become a force in the NBA, he is all heart and hustle.Hopefully we get to keep him as his most productive years are ahead. GO MAGIC, Its raining 3,s!
Mike Kyle

Largo, FL

#6 May 27, 2009
Dear Rich and Otis, I understand you not wanting to go over the salary cap. I know times are hard but we have something special here. Letting these guys skate would be like breaking up the Bulls before the titles. I love all these guys. I'm not asking you to bring in free agents or go 50 mil over the cap like the Knicks. But Orlando is giving you a new crib. It's the least you can do.
Chris

United States

#7 May 27, 2009
Gortat has dropped the Polish Hammer on Queen James. The Queen feels he should be escorted to the basket, but there always seems to be a 6'11", 245 lbs problem in his way (in limited minutes).
hey you

Ocoee, FL

#8 May 27, 2009
Everyone here has already stolen my thunder. We should keep the Polish hammer if at all possible. We developed him, it would be sad to see some other team reap the benefits. Besides, he's a good guy and he's good enough to start on a lot of teams at this point. You can never have enough big men in the NBA. Last year the Magic only had Dwight because Battie was hurt and Gortat was not the player he is now - which is why Foyle saw so many minutes. Today, they have Dwight, Gortat and Battie - a terrific trio. Keep them intact and add Jameer to the mix next year - and keep Hedo, of course. They'll only get better with another year of playing alongside each other.
chuck

Winter Park, FL

#9 May 27, 2009
i like the guy because he plays hard every minute he is on the floor. playing hard is all any coach, team member, and fan, can ask of a player.

i like when he comes into the game, as he changes our whole team chemistry which makes it very hard for the other team to adjust to, and then to adjust back when howard comes back into the game.

gundy handled the past issue with the hammer very well and maybe saved our chance at the title
mgo13

Drzewica, Poland

#10 May 27, 2009
James

Rzeszów, Poland

#11 May 27, 2009
Here's an interesting fact about Marcin Gortat: the man took up basketball only at the age of seventeen. Seventeen! Do you know any other player to make it from backyard to NBA Conference Finals in 8 years?

Plus, he's hard-working, committed and ambitious. Which is not really the trademark of Polish athletes, particulary abroad. Maciej Lampe, anyone? The guy had everything: the height, the talent, the experience (after all, he did play the starter 5 for Real Madrid) and look where he ended up: Russia. Not to mention the ridiculous Cezary Trybanski but he was little more than an affirmative action. Or a practical joke.

Keep it up, Marcin and we're waiting for you at the European Championships in Poland in September.
Kristof_Poland

Warsaw, Poland

#12 May 27, 2009
Hats off to Marcin, he is a hard-working and dedicated dude. He posseses a set of defensive skills already. All he needs to rock the league is a more-polished offensive game.
Gratulacje, Marcin! Cała Polska jutro nie śpi!!!
Aron

Sanford, FL

#13 May 27, 2009
Man, I love Marcin, but btwn him and Turk, someone is going to get left off this great team. It's going to be a hard choice for Otis this offseason...
VictorK

New York, NY

#14 May 27, 2009
I agree with all the comments about Marcin and would like to add that he's still developing, and if he continue progressing at the current rate he has a chance to become a major force in the NBA in a couple years, especially if he improves offensive low post game.
Some people get excited about his blocks (on LeBron) or occasional dunks, but hhat I like the most about him is the "small" things that many fans often overlook - he runs the floor (how many centers do that?), sets great screens, boxes out, helps on double team, contests every shot, keeps the ball moving, etc.
Yep

Melbourne, FL

#15 May 27, 2009
Mike Kyle wrote:
Dear Rich and Otis, I understand you not wanting to go over the salary cap. I know times are hard but we have something special here. Letting these guys skate would be like breaking up the Bulls before the titles. I love all these guys. I'm not asking you to bring in free agents or go 50 mil over the cap like the Knicks. But Orlando is giving you a new crib. It's the least you can do.
I like it, man, I really do. Our taxes bought them a new arena, they can dish out some luxury taxes to keep a special team intact for years to come.

Although, I really do believe if it came down to keeping either Turk or Gortat, I'd like to see Gortat stick around. But hopefully whatever happens is for the best.

“If you say it, back it up”

Since: Jan 08

Ocoee, FL

#16 May 27, 2009
If we keep Turk, then Gortat will essentially cost the team $10 million/year AT LEAST....

....the $5 million/year starting salary and $5 million/year in luxury tax. Add that to the fact that he wants to start, I don't see him staying.
wojtek

Warsaw, Poland

#17 May 27, 2009
problem is Marcin wont be playing much more than he is now, that is when Dwight's resting or in trouble with fouls. And he, and noone else, does't expect to be put over Howard so, bench for 80% of a game..., I dont think he will stay.

But for now, go Marcin, go Magic, for the win!
Kunal Nayee

Orlando, FL

#18 May 27, 2009
I do like Gortats Improvement, and he and will continue to be a vital part of our bench. I have run into Gortat in downtown at clubs after games. I recently ran into him and from a distance said "Congrats on playing well" he looked at me like a weirdo, and shook his head like he was a foreigner in enemy territory! He didnt even give me a high five or anything. Its not like he was surrounded by others, he was with one othe guy walking into 23 on Church St. All im saying is Gortat its been 13 years since we have been in a posistion like this! we are the city, fans, and people who put money in your pockets! lighten up and stop being a dick to us! have fun! Next time i see him i might not cheer him, i might just boo him and see how he feels about that. besides that GO MAGIC
gatorcc

Mableton, GA

#19 May 27, 2009
Let Turk go, play Gortat at the 4, move Lewis to the 3, Dwight at the 5, jameer at the 1 and Lee at the 2. The Magic's version of the Twin Towers!
Lipasss

Warsaw, Poland

#20 May 27, 2009
I agree with gatorcc
but I prefer Gortat in New Orleans
CP3 would make Hammer much better!

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