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Marcin Gortat Thinks The NBA Should Allow Fights Like Hockey

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Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

If Wizards center Marcin Gortat had his way, the NBA would be a little more like the NHL. In an interview with Kyle Weidie of ESPN's Truehoop, the 6'11'' big man from Poland said that if he could make any changes to the league, he'd allow fighting.

"I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA," Gortat said. "That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight."

Gortat might have a hard time convincing new NBA commissioner Adam Silver to "loosen up" the league's rules on fighting. He also might need a lesson on resolving conflicts without violence.

"Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up," he said. "I think the game ... these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea."

Along with Silver, parents of NBA fans might disagree with Gortat. Just imagine how these fights would end up if they had 15 to 20 seconds to go at it without anyone intervening.

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