Wizards’ Marcin Gortat reacts to Scott Brooks’ ‘selfish’ comments
When it comes to the Washington Wizards (42-38) with just two games remaining before they head into the playoffs, they are simply limping to the regular season finish line.
It continues to be a rough stretch for head coach Scott Brooks and his team, who recently called out his players for playing “selfish basketball” after a 103-97 home loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
“It’s embarrassing that we don’t play with the passion that we need to play [with],” coach Brooks said, per Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. “Selfish basketball is no fun to coach, it’s no fun to play with, and it’s no fun to watch. We’re a selfish basketball team right now.”
Wizards veteran starting center Marcin Gortat fully agreed with his coach when asked about Brooks’ comments by the media on Sunday.
“I agree completely,” Gortat said, via a tweet from Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “It comes from the coach and we, as the players, we’ve seen that during the game. We feel that sometimes. It has to change. It has to change as soon as possible. It’s not only on one guy. It’s on a lot of people. You can’t win basketball games if you’re just thinking about yourself.”
The Wizards, who were a team that was 11 games above .500 back on Feb. 27 at 36-25, are in the midst of a really bad stretch and are 6-13 since then.
If Washington is going to have any chance at pulling off an upset in the first round of the playoffs, they are going to need star guard duo Bradley Beal and John Wall to rally this team together.