If the Polish big man has his way, gone will be the days of shorts that go down past the knees, covering up the leg muscles that players have worked so hard to build and tone. Gone will be the days of having a more limited canvas to tattoo for the world, because plenty of inches along the leg will be opened up.
"I would definitely make one of the nights old-school jersey and shorts. That would be funny, if everybody wore those," Gortat told Phil Chenier (h/t Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post) about what he'd change in today's NBA when he sat down for an interview along with Elvin Hayes and Nene.
"That would be great. I think they should come up with one night like that."
John Stockton would be so proud.
Gortat went on to wish for baskets that could still break and more size in the NBA, but the desire for the return of short shorts is definitely the highlight of the interview. And he's not the first player to express such a desire.
This is what LeBron James told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard on the topic:
I'm just wondering how in the heck they played like that. I might bring it back, though. I might play in some small shorts this year. Pay my homage to the '80s, to Dr. J and John Stockton. I don't think it's going to catch on, but I'm going to do it one game, maybe opening night. I can't go all the way up (the legs), though. Athletes today are built a little differently in the legs.
I know you're all wondering now, so here's the short-shorts image of Julius Erving:
As CBSSports.com's Matt Moore wrote after posting a photoshopped picture of LeBron with almost all of "his" legs exposed—I think the lower half actually belongs to Stockton—"Between his receding headband and these shorts, we're seeing more of LeBron James than we ever thought we would."
But now it's Gortat's turn.
If the Washington Wizards big man has his way, we'll see a lot more of the NBA in general than we ever thought we would.
At least it can't be worse than the sleeved jerseys.
So long as those aren't being worn, I don't really care about the length of shorts.