Marcin said that on his first day in Phoenix he asked Robin if practice started on the court or with a video session. Robin told Marcin that he didn't know so Gortat went to the gym while Lopez went to watch video. According to Gortat, a coach came to get him and asked why he was late and Marcin said that he had asked Robin and was told he didn't know where practice was starting. The coach said everyone knew where they were supposed to be. Marcin took that as a sign of where things stood between himself and Lopez.
Gortat went on to talk about the opportunity that Lopez had to earn and keep the starting job.
"This guy (Lopez) had such a big chance, such a big opportunity, to play in the best league. When I was Orlando, playing behind Dwight (Howard), I was praying to get a chance to play and he (Lopez) has had this chance for two years and he didn't take.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Sport is competitive.
Every night teams compete, and every night teammates compete for playing time, touches, and shots, which determines the zeros on their contracts.
The tiff between Phoenix Suns teammates Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez is about as surprising as the current pissing match between Commissioner David Stern and Union Head Billy Hunter.
The Suns weren’t winning, so Lopez and Gortat focused on the starting center position. And it got petty -fast.
Gortat publicly accused Lopez of sabotaging his first day with the Suns by intentionally telling him practice began in the video room when it began on-court.
However, the Polish post was just warming up. He then mocked Lopez for not taking advantage of the opportunity given to him by the Suns.
On the one hand, Gortat is about as wrong as you can get. He can’t call Lopez out to the media for what`s likely a miscommunication.
On the other hand, Gortat is right: Lopez, for whatever reason, hasn’t seized the moment and performed near expectations.
Of course, Gortat vs. Lopez isn’t going anywhere. Both want to start. Both are intense. Neither will back down.
When the season begins, Coach Alvin Gentry should encourage competition, but can’t let his centers become a distraction like Brenadan Haywood and Etan Thomas with the Washington Wizards.
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