Interesting story on Gortat – very odd legal trouble.
NBAFanHouse: There is good and bad to the bright lights of the NBA Finals — even for a relatively unknown backup center like Marcin Gortat of the Orlando Magic.
Gortat, received an uncomfortable phone call from Reebok the day before Game 3 against the Lakers, with whom he has a shoe contract with. Representatives of the company were not happy to see a picture of him from Game 1 in a Polish newspaper that prominently displayed his Michael Jordan/Nike logo tattoo on his lower right leg.
Reebok asked him either to wear higher socks tonight to cover up the tattoo, or to apply makeup so it will not be noticed through the rest of the NBA Finals.
“They called and said I had to do something about it, but that ain’t going to happen,” Gortat said after Tuesday morning’s workout.
“I’ve been wearing it 4-5 years now, and it helped me get to the NBA,” said Gortat. “They didn’t say anything about it when I signed the contract, so it’s not going anywhere. I don’t think they are paying me enough to take it off.”
“I’ve heard from other people that even other players, if they don’t know my name, they know I’m the big white guy with the Jordan tattoo,” he said. “I like that. Reebok will have to get used to that.”