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Zach Randolph

MEMPHIS-BOUND: After he was traded to Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason by the Clippers, Zach Randolph is all smiles as he’s ready to contribute to his new team as a leader on and off the court.

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With the No.1 pick, the Clippers felt that Zach Randolph wasn't an asset to their organization anymore.   

Despite all the hype about Blake Griffin, the Clippers just traded the most consistent player on their roster. Randolph is a power forward that can average 21 points and 10 rebounds a game. The Memphis Grizzlies have now found what they have been missing - a low post scorer that can draw a double team. He can dominate at his position; he respectively earned 29 double-doubles in 50 games. His numbers are bigger than All-Star players like Kevin Garnett, Elton Brand, Amar’e Stoudamire, and Dirk Nowitzki. All players have played in more games than Randolph and still managed to fall behind the 6'9 260 pound forward.

 

It's been a rocky road for the eight-year veteran, but he's managed to keep a positive attitude throughout his ups and down. When he got traded to the Clippers in November after a wild card trade from New York, he was jubilant. Randolph thought he'd finally found home.

 

"I know it's a business and unfortunately things like this happen" said Randolph. "But I thought I finally hit a place where I could call home."

 

The Clippers and the Grizzlies were in the same dilemma, trying to fill a void at power forward, and Randolph is known to be a beast at that position. Nevertheless, the Clippers gave him up like they do every solid player on their roster. Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, and Andre Miller just to name a few. Through-out Randolph's career, character issues have been magnified. But the move was never based on character issues; it was a basketball decision.

 

With all the negativity that surrounds Randolph, it’s very rare that we hear about the positive things athletes do in the community. In 2004 he traveled to South Africa as part of the 2004 NBA’s Basketball without Borders Africa campaign. He also donated $47,000 towards the Portland Parks and Recreation Basketball program.

 

“I want to be more active in the community,” he said. “I’ve been doing stuff that a lot of people don’t talk about, or know about.”

 

 Randolph has a chance to prove that he can be a leader playing with such a young team. After his short stint with the Clippers, Randolph is eager to justify that he can be a veteran player that young guys in the locker room will look up to. His teammates believe his presence will have a great impact on the team. 

“Having an older guy on the team is just going to be great,” Thabeet said. “I think he’ll help us a lot, a young group of guys.”

 However, the Grizzlies have had their eye on Randolph for two years. He was greeted at the airport by the owner when arriving to Memphis after the trade. The Grizzlies are ready to put their confidence in Randolph. They see the potential he has and wants to give him a fresh start.  His recent coaches and teammates have said that he’s a likeable guy.

 

“He’s had some issues off-the-court, particularly earlier in his career,” Wallace said. “But I think he’s settled in very well the last few seasons in LA and New York, he’s a good-natured, gregarious guy. And those who have coached him and been around him like him.”

  

Randolph can now clean his image and start fresh. During his press conference last week with the Memphis Grizzlies- he emphasized how he wants to start a new chapter. He has two years left on his contract worth 33 million.  

 

“I just want to start a new chapter,” said Randolph. “Let my pass be my pass and move   

 forward.”

 

 

Category: Basketball


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