Marcin Gortat dismisses rift with John Wall as "nonsense"

After setting high standards for themselves coming into the season, the Washington Wizards failed to live up to their expectations and crashed out of the playoffs in the first-round. 

With an eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference, they faced the number one-seeded Toronto Raptors. 

Despite taking the series to six games and putting up a good fight, the Raptors proved to be too strong in the end. 

It was a frustrating year for Washington and that boiled over into the locker room as it caused rifts between some players. 

John Wall and Marcin Gortat reportedly had a feud and they are believed to have had a face-to-face meeting at one point to air their grievances. 

Once their season came to an end, reporters were unsurprisingly keen to get more information on the friction between the two players. 

But according to Gortat, it was all “nonsense” that was created by the media and he looked to set the record straight. 

“We are definitely on the same page, we had great chemistry toward the end of the year,” Gortat said of his relationship with Wall, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.

“Stuff that came out in the middle of the season was mostly created unfortunately by you guys, by a lot of people that has no clue of what is going on with the team. Whatever stuff that came out about me and John, it is all nonsense and stuff that is unnecessary… we did talk about a lot of things and we have no issues.

“I mean [supposedly] having all those issues and the next game he passes me the ball eight times and I give him eight assists and I have eight buckets? I mean come on, if I were pissed at somebody, I wouldn’t probably pass him the ball. We are good.

“Are we best friends and like the greatest friends? Probably not. But I am not best friends with probably half of the team over there.”

The rumours started with a tweet by the Polish big man when he expressed his delight at how well the Wizards were playing as a team.

This came while Wall was out injured and he took this as an indirect shot towards him and he responded by saying that most of the center’s baskets come from his passes. 

Although the duo have hashed things out since then, it’ll be interesting to see how things work between them moving forward and if the Washington front office will keep Gortat on their books. 

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