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    Marcin Gortat explains why he turned down a multiyear contract with the Suns and his fondness for Jermaine O’Neal, from Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic: “Suns center Marcin Gortat said he turned down a multiyear contract extension offer in October from the Suns, clarifying what he told a Polish website, “We just said we’re going to wait,” Gortat said. “I want to finish this contract, and we’ll see where I go from there. It didn’t even bother me or change anything in my attitude or performance. The thing I’m concentrating is coming back to dominating the game and getting back to being a defensive spark.” Gortat would not mind negotiating on behalf of his backup center, Jermaine O’Neal. He said he told Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby that he would pay for another year’s salary for O’Neal if they don’t. “He’s a tremendous player, an amazing teammate and a true leader,” Gortat said. “Playing with him has been my best experience from this year.”

  • Randy Wittman is putting the blame on himself for the Wizards’ winless record, from Michael Lee of The Washington Post: “I’m not pointing my finger at my players,” Wittman said. “Obviously, it lies with me and I know it lies with me and I’ve got to figure a way to get this righted. That’s what my job is. And I’ll take full responsibility for that.” Wittman lost his job in Minnesota when the Timberwolves went on a 13-game losing streak in 2008-09. Flip Saunders lost his job after a 2-15 start last season. But it would be an incredible accomplishment for the Wizards to go 2-4 in their next six games and match the horrible start that opened the door for Wittman to get the job.

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