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Marcin Gortat Shocked by Wizards Trade: Jan Vesely is ‘My Boy For Life’

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Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards goes up for the shot against the Houston Rockets on February 12, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Marcin Gortat #4 of the Washington Wizards goes up for the shot against the Houston Rockets on February 12, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Credit: Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - With Jan Vesely having been traded to the Denver, Marcin is the only “white boy” left on the Wizards, as he personally noted Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

“It kind of feels weird,” Gortat said to the Junkies, of Eric Maynor and Vesely no longer being on the team.

“I just read that Jan and Eric had been traded, and I was just shocked,” Gortat said on 106.7 The Fan on Friday. “I dropped a glass out of my hand. And I was just shocked because Eric is a very good point guard. I don’t think he really gets his opportunity to play, and he has to play because he’s pretty good. So that was obvious he wanted to get traded.”

“For Jan, I was shocked because he was the first guy who helped me to move here, and right after the trade he helped from day one,” he said. “He helped me to set up everything here in Washington, and he was great to me. I’ve never had such a great friend from day one. No matter where he’s gonna play, we’re always gonna stick together. He’s my boy for life now.”

Gortat was asked if he’s given any thought to Pacers’ center Roy Hibbert, who shares similar numbers, making the All-Star Game over him.

Hibbert is averaging 11.6 points (.463 FG%), 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, while Gortat averages 12.1 points (.537 FG%), 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

Gortat’s response was correlative of his character.

“After the season, yea, I sometimes do that, but at the end of the day it’s all about winning,” he said.

“I think those days where you compare stats, I think those days are behind me already. Back in the day, when I played in Phoenix, I had a great season too, and from a statistics standpoint I was probably third in the league, but still I wasn’t even mentioned for the All-Star.

“Statistically, it doesn’t count anymore. It doesn’t matter how many points you score or how many rebounds you grab, the most important thing is to win basketball games.”

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