Ask anyone who's been around Garrett Temple, and they'll all tell you he's an incredible human being. He's always courteous with the media, he gives to the homeless, and you know he's not going to put the team in a bad light by getting in trouble with the law or doing something unsavory.
On the court, he's a guy that can fill just about whatever role you need him to play. He's done everything from play point guard to power forward and isn't one to complain or bristle at whatever the team needs him to do, especially this season as he's had to bounce around to fill different needs due to injury.
But his newest role on the team, just might be his most unlikely casting yet. After Friday night's loss against the Raptors, he took it on himself to be one of the team's enforcers after Nikola Vucevic elbowed Marcin Gortat on Saturday night. You can see here he was the first one to leap into action after the foul occurred:
A fight didn't break out here, but Temple's response to Vucevic's rough play was a big improvement from how they responded on Friday, as J. Michael noted for CSN Mid-Atlantic:
That attitude has largely been absent for the Wizards (16-19) this season, but Garrett Temple took coach Randy Wittman's words to heart recently when he called out his team for allowing the Toronto Raptors to get away with hard fouls on Otto Porter. Saturday, when Nic Vucevic struck Marcin Gortat across the face to draw a Flagrant 1 foul, it was Temple who stood up.
"We've gone through situations the night before there was a flagrant foul. We barely went and helped our own guy out against Toronto," Wittman said of Porter, who was flattened by Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola. "We talked about it. This is a battle. Somebody takes a cheap shot on you you got to stand up for him. We're not going to fight. We're going to stand up for each other."
Thankfully, Saturday's dust-up didn't get to the point where fists were thrown, but if they were, we believe we've crafted a set of guidelines Temple can follow to ensure he can be a gentleman and an enforcer.
RULES FOR BEING A GENTLEMAN ENFORCER
- Never fight in the presence of women and children. If one tries to engage you, first a gentleman enforcer must say "Sir, I believe our matter could be better resolved in private, away from sensitive eyes." If the aggressor attacks without moving the venue, he must first yell "The area has been compromised! Everyone must flee and alert the nearest authorities!" before he can engage the aggressor in combat, even though it may allow the other party to strike the initial blow.
- The only weapons a gentleman enforcer can use are his fists and his unrelenting wit.
- The ultimate goal of gentleman enforcer is not to defeat his opponent, but to bring him into submission, whether this be through pinning his opponent to the ground until the proper authorities arrive, or convince the opposition to change their stance and make recompense through civilized debate.
- One should adhere to the principle of turning the other cheek, but a gentleman enforcer should not be held accountable for his response once both cheeks have been turned.
- A gentleman enforcer NEVER strikes a blow while his opponent's back is turned.
- A gentleman enforcer NEVER strikes a blow below the rib cage.
- If the aggressor in a scrap requests a momentary break in combat to readjust his headwear or remove an outer garment, his request must be honored.
- Once the fight is over, a gentleman enforcer must be a proper sport and request his opposition not receive a foul that would lead to ejection from the game, unless he believes his colleagues are in imminent danger from the attacker's sordid conduct.