In December, we took a look at the Wizards’ headlines abroad, mostly in Europe in the countries where Wizards players are from. We kept a similar approach in January, and here is a sampler of what was out there.
After our self-proclaimed Polish Week, it’s a good time to see how the Polish covered Polish Heritage Night.
- The Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. has a photo album of last Saturday’s event.
- The Polish gossip sites are making light of actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś taking a picture with Gortat — THEY WERE ALSO WITH THE POLISH AMBASSADOR TO THE US AND POLISH WORLD WAR II VETERANS — after Polish Heritage Night. So, that was ... THE CRAZE for all the “Marcja” fans out in Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, and Lodz. Last summer, Polish gossip media scrutinized whether she and Gortat were dating. Gortat wasn’t exactly thrilled with the coverage. Both declined to confirm or deny that — and apparently still do. Here’s a quick piece from plotek.pl for more on that.
- So, Bachleda-Curuś wore a ring on her left ring finger. In the United States, that tells us that she is engaged, presumably to Gortat. And as you might expect, the Polish gossip media was like “OOOOOO LA LA!!!!! MARCJA FOREVER!!!” But after a closer look, Bachleda-Curuś wore a ring from her own jewelry line! Plejada has more on that.
- Let’s get back to basketball, since looking at TMZ and Media Take Out’s Polish equivalents aren’t my kind of thing. When the Orlando Sentinel started talking about Gortat apparently wanting to retire next season and longing to get back to the Magic, Michał Owczarek of Sport.pl went in depth on the issue.
- Dominik Kołodziej of Probasket.pl wrote about how Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy reacted to news that Gortat was contemplating retirement. Van Gundy coached Gortat in Orlando from 2007-2010 and saw him develop as a young player. In his reaction, Van Gundy was very complimentary of him saying, “[Marcin] has come a long way to find himself in this place. An unbelievably smart guy, he quickly catches various schemes, he sets up curtains, and adds new elements to his playing all the time.”
The news in the Czech Republic centers quite heavily on Satoransky’s individual performances from game to game. Here are iDNES.cz’s recaps of the Pistons game last Friday and of the Wizards’ win against the Magic on January 12.
Satoransky also runs annual camps each summer. This summer, there’s a chance that Marcin Gortat may show up in Prague for it, which would be pretty neat. Since we know Sato can speak a little Polski, I also wonder how much česky Marcin knows. Václav Rokyta of iROZHLAS.cz has more.
Alexandre Lacoste of BeBasket.Fr also recapped Mahinmi’s performance against Orlando. I know Ian certainly gets a lot of shade because of his contract and injuries last season, and propensity to foul. But it’s also cool to see that he’s getting love from his neck of the woods.
In Le Soir, a Brussels based French language newspaper, the writer in the AFP (L’Agence France-Presse or the Francophone version of the AP) press room didn’t hold back on the Wizards’ loss to the Hornets last Wednesday.
Here’s the Google Translate version with some light edits since some words just didn’t make sense literally:
In the East, Charlotte celebrated the return to the bench of their coach Steve Clifford, sidelined for health reasons for five weeks, humiliating Washington 133 to 109.
The Hornets fooled the Wizards by making 12 of their first 13 shots, resulting in a quick start and 77 points in the first two periods, a new record in their history.
Belgium’s Dutch language papers were “nicer” to the Wizards in this respect. In Het Nieuwsblad, it just listed the NBA standings besides the usual stories about James Harden and LeBron James. After such a bad loss, maybe that’s just for the best.
Lee Jae Seung of Basket Korea wrote about John Wall’s new five-year contract with Adidas on January 10. In the article, it also talked about Wall’s super-max contract that will take effect starting in the 2019-20 season.
Another notable thing Lee mentioned was about Wall and Korea itself. In the summer of 2014, Wall visited Seoul when he launched his first brand of signature shoes. While in Seoul, Wall was also noted for saying in a Q&A that he would be the only player on his All-NBA team. Just watch: