*With a father who won two bronze Olympic medals, Marcin Gortat knows a thing or two about fighting.
So it’s no surprise that the Washington Wizards center would advocate the league taking a page out of the NHL’s manual and practice in-game fighting between players. According to Fox Sports, Gortat offered his two cents on the topic when the subject of NBA rule changes came up during a recent Q&A for TrueHoop.com
“I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines,” Gortat stated. “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,” the athlete continued. “Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. … 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 (chuckles).”