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Zach Randolph
Zach Randolph
Position: F
Born: 07/16/81
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Salary: $10,000,000
McMillan remembered the relationship between those two players as positive and supportive, even though it easily could’ve gone the other way. “Zach could’ve really been a nasty guy, had a nasty attitude about these young guys who were coming to take his position with this organization,” McMillan said. “He knows they’re going to be the future of the organization because he was once in that same position when he came in and Rasheed and those guys were there. He could’ve had an attitude toward the organization, but he didn’t.”
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All in all, Randolph remembered, they intended for this player to one day assume the mantle as the next dominant Trail Blazers power forward, a role Randolph then occupied, that had been handed down from Wallace before him. LaMarcus Aldridge would extend a proud lineage. He was “up next.” “Um, I’m glad Zach knew, because when I was drafted, all I heard was, ‘He’s a project, he’s soft,'” Aldridge said this week, as his Trail Blazers trail Randolph’s Grizzlies 2-0 in a Western Conference first-round series that resumes Saturday at Portland’s Moda Center. “And I didn’t play [that first year]. I was in and out of the lineup. So I’m glad Zach knew, because I definitely didn’t know.” It seems unlikely, if not impossible, that Aldridge didn’t know management’s intentions when he first came aboard. But the news hit him like a ton of bricks when Randolph’s recollection was shared with him before a postseason practice.
He consented to this interview away from the Grizzlies media relations department. Randolph did so outside mandatory NBA availability, on his own time, as if he was stopping off for groceries on his way home from work. He said he wanted to do the interview not because he feels like he owes a debt to Portland, but because he cares what Oregonians think of him. “That’s a place that tried to take care of me for the first five or six years of my career,” he said.
Zach Randolph curled down Beale Street on Tuesday afternoon on foot and amid the hum of the blues clubs, he stopped cold. A group of children who attend a nearby charter school were on a walking field trip, too. They screeched, smiled and howled, surrounding the Grizzlies power forward. “My father was an alcoholic,” Randoph said. “I saw drugs. I saw destruction and all that. There’s a lot of poverty here. If I can stop one kid from picking up the rock, you know, stop one kid from picking up a sack of dope, then it’s a win. “This is how I get my blessings.”
“I came in with a bunch of veteran guys in Portland and learned from them—practiced against them every day, going hard,” Randolph said. “That’s how I got my game, by going against Rasheed [Wallace], Shawn [Kemp], Dale Davis, Arvydas Sabonis, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, those guys. Just being there and practicing hard every day.”
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As Zach Randolph sees it, there is no blank slate—at least when it comes to post play. Talented bigs come into the league at 19 and 20 years old with nothing but time to address their most concerning weaknesses. Yet all of the technical training in the world can’t overwrite the need for certain qualities that cannot be learned and cannot be taught. “You can’t teach footwork,” Randolph said. “I mean you can, but you’ve gotta have that feel, you’ve gotta have that knack. It’s a lot, reading a guy. If a guy’s on your body, your instinct tells you to step through, push them off, or jab them. It all has to do with instincts and feel.”
Zach Randolph stomped around the visitors’ locker room, wearing a scowl and delivering a twofold rant about the Grizzlies’ latest debacle. “Ten in a row?” the veteran power forward said. “Ten in a row?” … “We’ve got to get tough,” Randolph said before nearly pushing the locker room door off its hinges upon his exit. “It’s not just one thing. It’s a lot. We were soft, and we didn’t stick to what we were doing. It’s a disappointing loss, especially with what we’re talking about doing. We’ve got to do something to fix this.”
Malcolm “Jimmy” Keep is an 88-year-old World War II veteran who was 18 when he fought with the Fourth Marine Division in the horrific 1945 Battle at Iwo Jima, which took the lives of 7,000 Marines. Later this month, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle, Keep is returning to the island for the first time. Before his trip, though, he was featured in his hometown paper, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, in which he revealed he is a die-hard Grizzlies fan who never misses a game on television. The tough-as-nails veteran has a particular fondness for the team’s Grit ‘n Grind bruiser, Zach Randolph. “They’re men,” Keep told the CA of the Grizz. “They’re not afraid to bust your ass to get to the basket, especially [Zach] Randolph. Randolph’s my man.”
On the court, Randolph has become a centerpiece of the Grizzlies’ overall game plan over the years. Randolph’s ability to create mismatches with his polished mid-range shot, exceptional low-post moves and footwork has made him a nightmare to cover on the offensive end. “He creates so many problems for the other team and he’s always on the glass. He’s a problem in that paint for any team”, said Marc Gasol. “Whoever you put on him is going to have a tough night.”
Randolph signed a multi-year extension to remain with the Grizzlies on July 7, 2014. Having expressed on multiple occasions his desire to stay in Memphis, Randolph has ensured he will remain a pillar of the city he has come to embody and love for seasons to come. “It means a lot to be able to stay here in Memphis, especially when we have built something here and have been here for a long time”, said Randolph. “It’s no secret this is where I want to retire and where I want to be. It looks like it’s going that way.”