Gortat. The Magic Backup Center. Or in the case of Game 3 the backup backup center to that Battie guy.
So Gortat is tatt’d up, like every other Polish NBA Player.
Don’t know any Polish NBA Players? Here’s some:
Wojciech Barycz. Dawid Przybyszewski. Zbigniew Bialek. Briskcz Lareiswch.
I made only ONE of those names up. Guess which.
(P.S. It’s the last one)
Gortat has one of the ugliest tattoos ever. And I mean EVER.
Yes that is the Jordan Brand Logo.
I know. This is weird. But it gets weirder.
The Polish Hammer is sponsored by Reebok/RBK.
Is there a difference between Reebok and RBK? Are they the same company? Does Reebok even exist or is it just RBK now?
Since he’s sponsored by ReeBoK (compromise):
Reebok asked him either to wear higher socks Tuesday night to cover up the tattoo, or to apply makeup so it will not be noticed through the rest of the NBA Finals.
Talk about an uncomfortable conversation.
Not because of the subject matter, but because who wants to talk in Polish? That’s just a peculiar language.
It gets worse/more interesting.
“‘They called and said I had to do something about it, but that ain’t going to happen,’ Gortat said after Tuesday morning’s workout.
‘I’ve been wearing it 4-5 years now, and it helped me get to the NBA. They didn’t say anything about it when I signed the contract, so it’s not going anywhere. I don’t think they are paying me enough to take it off.’ […]
‘I’ve heard from other people that even other players, if they don’t know my name, they know I’m the big white guy with the Jordan tattoo,’ he said. ‘I like that. Reebok will have to get used to that.'”
Marcin Gortat dropping the (Polish) Hammer on those ReeBoK n00bs.
Way to be, Marcin!
On another but similar note, Gortat has requested a new nickname.
The Odom Stopper.
“I promise you, he won’t score as much. He won’t get as many rebounds if I’m out there against him. Other guys on our team have to stop Kobe Bryant. I have to stop Lamar Odom. I can do that. I’m supposed to come off the bench and stop him. If I do that, it will give us a better chance to win.”
So he’s done a decent job thus far. Except for one small problem.
Gortat played a grand total of 4:42 in Game 3. A game where Lamar Odom had like 10 points and 4 fouls.
So did Gortat stop him? No.
I blame candy.