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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November 18, 2017 | 9:06 pm EST Update
The Orlando Magic will not hold their annual summer league in Orlando next year and will participate instead in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, team officials told the Orlando Sentinel. The decision is a radical departure for the Magic, who ran and managed their own summer league in Central Florida 14 times since 2002.
NBA officials prefer to have all 30 teams participate in the Las Vegas event. “We want to do what’s right for the team, for our players,” Weltman said. “But that being said, when the large portion of the league is there [in Las Vegas], it does kind of create an environment where you want your young guys to be a part of what the league is about. So there is that added component.”
Eddie Sefko: Jason Terry on Mavericks drafting Shane Larkin in 2013 instead of Greek Freak: “They needed a point guard, that’s what it was. And Giannis played the 4. You couldn’t foresee what he would become because he was so raw and there wasn’t enough footage on him. “It’s easy to say now.”
November 18, 2017 | 7:24 pm EST Update
Robert Morales: #Lakers center Brook Lopez did not realize he got his 1,000th career block Friday: “It’s pretty cool. I’ve always prided myself on being a shot-blocker. It’s something my twin brother and I have always taken to heart and looked to do on the court since we were very little.”