Found April 21, 2013 on BlackSportsOnline:
  It seems not a lot of people are happy in Phoenix and Gortat took to the media to share his displeasure with his team. Per, Gortat is not happy in Phoenix. The team finished 25-57 with all the players walking away from the season frustrated and hoping to never experience another season like it. Gortat sat down with reporters on Thursday and voiced his unpleasant  concerns of his young team, what its going to take for them to be a TEAM and when the older players speak the young needs to respect it and listen. “I think we need some changes,” he said. “We need some serious conversations. We need to look in the mirror and each one of us has got to ask if we did everything that was necessary to win, or if we did everything that was necessary to perform at 100 percent. But first of all I’m going to look at myself. I’m going to try to correct myself and hopefully the management and the front office people will do the right thing.” “Well, 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.” “I tried at least to approach a few younger players during the season,” he said. “I don’t think I had the impact. I don’t think as a player, a six-year veteran, I have that impact yet. Definitely Jermaine O’Neal was the guy that was trying to convince a lot of the young guys to perform better. “But I’ve got to tell you, when I was making it in the league, I was listening. I was listening and I had a lot of great veterans, I had a lot of great strong-minded people on the team. If I had tried to act like a smart-ass, or I tried to pretend like I know everything or understand everything, I’d get slapped in the head automatically, and [Stan Van Gundy in Orlando] would bring me back to earth. Like I said, I grew up in a great system. These young guys, there’s a lot of young guys who just think they’re better than they really are.” Gortat is speaking the frustrations of a lot of older NBA players with teams filled with younger players who feel like their entitled. Younger athletes are coming into a life where funds are unlimited, their dreams are a reality and women finally know their name. Its going to take a village to start raising these guys, more than one voice is going to have to be raised and people need to start holding them accountable.

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