Washington Wizards center plays up idea of NHL-style fighting

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NBA players are largely wary of throwing their weight around on the court. After all, it is a non-contact sport.

Considerable fines and harsh punishments are usually hammered down upon those who act aggressively in-game, and woe betide anyone who even hints at the notion of a fighting. Apparently it matters little to Washington Wizards Marcin Gortat though, who is openly embracing the idea of the league bringing in a similar solution to the NHL when two guys have an obvious problem with each other.

When asked what rules the NBA could potentially introduce in order to better the overall game, Gortat wasn’t prepared to sit on the fence. He replied: “I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up.

“Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight.

"During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game ... these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea."

Just imagine it… LeBron James and Jimmy Butler given a few seconds to inflict damage on each other following their little spat at the weekend. Of course, the idea of it isn’t likely to stretch past Gortat’s personal opinion, but it could make for some enthralling match-ups.

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