Phoenix Suns: FIBA Tournaments Bring Suns Fans Painful Revelations

September 2nd, 2011 by Adam Koscielak Leave a reply »
Oh, the wonders of the lockout.

Just when I merrily got my first fix of organized basketball since the NBA Finals in the FIBA tournaments, I came to a realization that flattened my enthusiasm: After Marcin Gortat backed out of representing Poland in Lithuania, the Suns had no representatives whatsoever in any of the tournaments at hand—and not for a lack of suitable candidates.

Steve Nash could've come out of retirement for team Canada, Mickael Pietrus could've taken a spot on the French roster—had he passed his medical tests—and then finally Gortat should've led the Polish team.

Could've, should've, would've.

Gortat quickly went into an inexplicable fit of panic after parts of his contract were not insured, thinking he'd be released by Phoenix if he contracted a minor injury that would sideline him for a few games once the lockout is over. Gortat is apparently still in denial over the fact that his $6 million cap hit is quite the bargain in the NBA, especially considering his contributions for the Suns. 

However, let's not dwell on Marcin's paranoia—at least he's openly admitted to this being about ...

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