Apr 1, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT
Poland, like many countries this summer, will be playing in a tournament trying to earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics. In this case, it is EuroBasket 2011, where the Polish team is a long shot but at least they are in the dance and can dream like VCU.
“If they announce lock out there’s big possibility that I will not play,” Gortat said….
At the same time, Gortat understands that he has responsibilities to his country and seems torn about it.
“First of all, I can’t abandon my national team just like that. Being the only NBA player in the league from Poland, I still have responsibility to come and help and I want to do this. It’s fun to play with your national team. It’s fun to play in front of your own crowd. We have a chance to compete in Europe for a good spot.”
There are a number of NBA players that could face the same situation. Which could have a real impact on what happens at EuroBasket and with Olympic qualifying all over the globe.
Gortat said his situation has other factors as well. He is getting more run in Phoenix than he did in Orlando and he said he’ll need a little rest. And there are parts of his game he wants to work on this summer. But play in Europe… that remains to be seen.