Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat is not pleased with how Randy Wittman handled their 125-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. In that game, Gortat played 27 minutes and grabbed three rebounds, with just one of them coming on the defensive glass. 

Afterward, the frustrated Wizards head coach told reporters that his team was "getting beat on the boards with my supposed big men out there," adding that "We got guys that play 27 minutes and get one defensive rebound. I can get a rebound. I guarantee you. You give me 27 minutes on Saturday, I'll get you a rebound." He didn't mention Gortat's name, but it was extremely clear who he was talking about.

Initially, Gortat said he'd take the blame. A few days later, he changed his tune. From the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo:

“I don’t think it was necessary to call me out in the media like that,” Gortat said Friday after pausing for nine seconds before answering a question on the subject. “But it happened. I heard a different story in training camp, that stuff like that won’t happen. But it happened. So I disagree with what he did.”

“I believe a lot of the reasons [why] I didn’t get rebounds was because if we’re giving up 100 points in three quarters then there’s not much to rebound. That’s the first thing,” said Gortat, who is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. “The second thing is I’m challenging a lot of shots. … The statistics don’t lie. I’ve been challenging a lot of shots. I’ve been helping in a lot of different rotations and I’m pretty much out of position over half of the time. The other half, when I’m under the basket, the ball most of the time just goes into the basket. So it is what it is.

“Again, that’s not an excuse at all. I watched the game. I watched the statistics from the game.  And, yeah, I agree, there were probably two or three situations where I should’ve had the rebound in my hands and I just didn’t secure the ball. But stuff like that will happen. It’s not like I’m going to come back to the weight room and do a bunch of different exercises or go to the practice court and start doing a lot of drills to catch the rebounds. Stuff like that happens. It’s a part of the game … I don’t think I was the biggest problem in that game."

Gortat added that he hasn't spoken to Wittman about it and doesn't plan on doing so. A few thoughts:

1) Gortat is right: If Wittman told the players in training camp that he wouldn't call them out publicly, then Wittman should not call them out publicly. Leaving out Gortat's name but referencing the number of minutes and defensive rebounds he grabbed does not make it any better. If it was me, I'd be even more upset about that part. 

2) Gortat is right: If you watch all of the Thunder's rebounds -- and you can! -- you'll see that there were a few instances where he could have grabbed a rebound that went Oklahoma City's way. There were not a lot of them, however. Just looking at his defensive rebound total out of context is not particularly fair.

3) Gortat is right: He was not the biggest problem. Bradley Beal was out, John Wall had an off-night and Washington's backcourt was completely outplayed by Russell Westbrook and Dion Waiters. The Thunder made 15 of their 23 3-point attempts, while the Wizards went 5-for-24 from deep. Washington was beaten on the perimeter. 

In conclusion, Gortat is right.

Marcin Gortat is not happy about Randy Wittman's public comments.  (USATSI)
Marcin Gortat is not happy about Randy Wittman's public comments. (USATSI)