A little bit of news has come out of Europe regarding a back injury to Orlando center Marcin Gortat. According to a “Britball,” a basketball blog based in the UK, Gortat was injured when he tangled with England’s Joel Freeman (a 2006 first-round pick by Portland) on Friday night. The game between Poland and England is part of a warm-up tournament leading up to the European Championships later this summer. After some initial reports were unclear as to exactly how hurt Gortat was/is, the Sentinel cleared things up in a story today.
Guy Zucker, who represents Gortat, said he spoke with his client Sunday and that Gortat’s lower back is still tight but is “feeling a lot better” after a chiropractic adjustment.
Britball also added a quote from Polish officials:
SUNDAY UPDATE – Gortat had scans today. Polish team management said “Marcin has a back muscle injury and will be out for 5-7 days and miss exhibitions against Germany and Croatia in Hamburg. But he will be OK for Eurobasket and will probably play in our 2 games against Spain next week in Zaragoza.”
Gortat missed Poland’s game on Saturday against Israel and won’t play today against Turkey either. It’s not really something for Magic fans to worry about now, but back problems are never good, and it would be a serious bummer for Gortat if he’s forced to miss the EuroBasket tournament since his country is hosting the event. With players like Tony Park, Pau Gasol and Nicolas Batum all suffering injuries in international play this summer, it does beg the questions as to whether or not you want your players taking part in these tournaments. Dallas owner Mark Cuban isn’t taking any chances with his star player, having already barred Dirk Nowitzki from playing on the German team. What do you think? Should NBA teams keep their players from taking part in international competitions?