WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Marcin Gortat of the playoff-bound Wizards has just two people on his list of NBA players he doesn’t like (and may or may not want to fight). One of them is DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.
In March, Gortat described to Kyle Weidie his desire for fighting to be allowed during NBA games, much like in hockey, making the point that players would really get along better if they could just scrap it out on the court and get it out of their system.
“That if there are two guys and they have a problem,” Gortat explained. “If they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …”
“Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up,” he went on to explain.
One player it’s clear Gortat would go after is Cousins, with whom multiple Wizards players have had minor dust ups this season.
In a March 18 game against the Kings, the Wizards unnerved Cousins with a series of flaunting shoulder shrugs by Drew Gooden, and some hooting and hollering from the bench by Gortat. Cousins remained irritated afterward, vocalizing his frustration to reporters.
Gortat (6′ 11″/240 pounds) was asked Thursday — in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier — if he would actually try to throw down with Cousins (6′ 11″/270 pounds) in a game, if given the opportunity.
Paulsen: DeMarcus Cousins is a scary guy — he’s 23 and he’s built like a tractor-trailer — you were going toe-to-toe with him. You were shouting at him from the bench, you had to be separated from him after the game. Were you just trying to get into his head? You wouldn’t have actually tried to throw down with DeMarcus Cousins would you?
Gortat: Well, let’s put it this way. I have two guys on my list, definitely, and he will be high on my list. Definitely.
Paulsen: This is your hit list for when fighting’s allowed in basketball?
Gortat: That’s the list of people I don’t like. Let’s put it this way.
Paulsen: DeMarcus Cousins cracks the list.
Danny: We may be able to cross Sacramento off that list of possible destinations [teams Gortat, a free agent after this season, would consider signing with].
Paulsen: Does that go back before that one game?
Gortat: Oh yea. Oh yea. Definitely.
The Wizards have just four regular season games remaining, none of them against the Kings.
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.