The 2012-13 Phoenix Suns finished at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 25-57 mark, prompting an frank exit interview on the part of C Marcin Gorat. Speaking with Pro Basketball Talk’s Brett Pollakoff, Gorat describes his young club as, “a lot of young guys who just think they’re better than they really are.”
“I would say we are missing character,” he said. “We are missing just strong minds on the team. We are just weak, mentally weak, basically. I would say that we just need more talent. We need more talent, we need more athletic, energetic guys, and people that want to compete and fight. That’s it.
“But like I said, that’s a decision to make by the people in the front office. I’m just going to look at myself and try to correct my mistakes and try to be better next year.”
Gortat was pressed on the character issue, and essentially said that there was a segment of the team that didn’t seem to care whether they won or lost.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the player,” he said. “If you don’t feel that you’ve got to work, if you feel comfortable that somebody’s coming into your house and punking your ass by 30 points every night, it’s not right. It’s just not right. I’ve been in the league six years now and I’ve never been in a situation like that.”