The NBA and NHL have certain similarities, most notably where their games fall on the calendar, length of season and shared arenas.
Wizards center Marcin Gortat wants his league to resemble that other league in another way: In-game fighting.
Gortat, a.k.a. the Polish Machine - or Polish Hammer if you prefer - has been a constant source of colorful and aggressive-sounding quotes this season. For example, before facing the New Orleans Pelicans last month, I asked the 6-foot-11 big man about contending with Anthony Davis.
"It's another challenge for me," Gortat said. "He's a rising star in the league. I'm not gonna let him come in here and do his stuff easily. I'm just going to try and bottle his ass and do everything that's necessary to win the game."
During the stretch back in December when the Wizards couldn't get their record over .500, Gortat said, "I guess I’ll learn from my own experience that you just get too excited about too many different things. You start loosening up a little bit, you start feeling good about yourself, and then teams like Milwaukee are going to come to your house and punk you on your own court.”
With all that in mind, here's what Gortat said during an interview with my friend Kyle Weidie from TruthAboutIt.net. The topic, what rule changes he's like to see changed. Keep in mind that Gortat's father was a medal-winning light-heavyweight boxer for Poland during the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Also, dude rips towels when frustration builds.
"I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …
During the game?
"During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game … these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles]."
Later during the interview, Gortat said if he wasn't a professional basketball player, "I’d definitely be a bodybuilder. I’d lift and I’d probably be a security or some bouncer in the a club."
Clearly, he's got the pugilist mentality. Imagine the scenarios if the NBA decides it does as well...