Michael Wallace: Fizdale confirmed Zach Randolph and James Ennis will start tonight. Fizdale said he needed to simply give him as many minutes as possible.
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Peter Edmiston: Fizdale confirms that ZBo and Ennis will start. “I can’t get ZBo the minutes he needs unless he starts.”
Tim MacMahon: Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Zach Randolph’s transition to sixth man this season: “It has been seamless. He has never bickered once to the press – not one time. You can go back through every paper, article or anything and he never complained. There were days when he was frustrated. He just stayed with it, and he’s embraced it. He’s got to be in the conversation of Sixth Man of the Year. I don’t know how he can’t be one of the finalists for that, looking at what he’s done on the glass and from a scoring stand point. I think a lot of the sixth men do a lot of scoring. Z-Bo is in the trenches for us, grabbing rebounds for us every night. I’m sure he leads the league for double-doubles off the bench. Yes, I am pitching for him, if you’re wondering.”
Tim MacMahon: Zach Randolph hopes the Grizzlies will go with the duo of Marc Gasol and him more often. “I think teams are happy with the way we’re playing, taking pressure off of them honestly,” Randolph told ESPN. “Some guys told me on that other teams: ‘Shoot, we’re happy y’all guys aren’t playing together anymore. It gives us a break.’ … It’s already been proven. We’ve done proved enough and showed it. I think that’s not the question. It’s just coach wanting to play different and do a different style.”
Tim MacMahon: Coach David Fizdale, who stuck with the duo down the stretch and in overtime of Memphis’ comeback win Friday over the Warriors, points to perimeter defense as the primary concern with the old-school lineup. Memphis is plus-25 in 278 minutes with Gasol and Randolph as a pairing. “I’ll make a deal with them,” Fizdale said. “I will say, ‘Hey, if you guys show me you can defend the 3-point line when you are out there together, then I will play you together more.”
Sirius XM NBA: David Fizdale says playing Marc Gasol & Zach Randolph together would be a “recipe for disaster” #Grizzlies
Pete Pranica: Zach Randolph off bench adds a bench scoring option and opens floor, which David Fizdale has listed as a priority. Don’t forget, Fizdale has more currency with Z-Bo since they worked together at the Grgurich camp when Zach was just 19… I’ve talked with Zach about Fizz and Z-Bo is more enthusiastic about having him as coach than anyone else since he’s been in Memphis.
Ronald Tillery: re: Zach Randolph’s move to second unit. Coach David Fizdale says JaMychal Green is the starting PF for now
Michael Wallace: David Fizdale announces Zach Randolph will come off bench this season full-time. “Let’s not beat around the bush. He can be 6th man of the year.”
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September 25, 2017 | 7:56 pm EDT Update
As the Nuggets get to work in preparation for the NBA season, Kenneth Faried stubbornly refuses to accept a reserve role and defiantly insists if Denver can’t give him the minutes on the court he deserves, there are 29 other teams in the league where he can go play.
“I’ll just put it out there for everybody. I’m not a bench player. I’ve been saying that for the longest. I’m a starter,” Faried said Monday, when I asked him about his status with the Nuggets. “I love to hear the crowd (when introduced as), ‘Starting at power forward, No. 35, Kenneth Faried.’ Yes, that’s me. One hundred percent, that’s been my whole life. And I’m going to fight for a starting position. I’m just not going to lay down and let somebody take it. ”
“There are 29 other teams,” said Faried, whose contract with the Nuggets runs through 2019. “If this team doesn’t want, or respect me enough, to play me the minutes that I think I deserve to play, then I understand that. Hey, there’s 29 others. Maybe I’ll go somewhere else and do what I need to do there. But at the same token, I’m here in Denver, and I want to play Manimal basketball, no matter what, every time I step on that court.”