Dave Joerger Rumors
Through the unexpected changes, an admittedly stunned Randolph never complained publicly nor griped privately. “I didn’t. I feel if you gonna cry, what the baby gonna do?” Zach Randolph told The Vertical recently. “I’m a grown man. I’m not going to pout because I wouldn’t do my teammates like that. I’m going to play hard, if he plays me 15 minutes or if he plays me 30 minutes, because I’m playing for the guys. I’m doing it for my guys. That’s the way I approach it.”
“Bench or start, I’m fine with it,” Zach Randolph told The Vertical. “I know I’m a starter and I know what I can do. I know I can play 30-something minutes a game and be productive. As a player knowing that, I’m a team-first professional guy, so if that’s what the coach thinks is the best thing, I’m going to stick with the script.”
Given the limitations of a roster short on shooters, Joerger put Randolph back in the starting lineup Jan. 14, and the Grizzlies have reeled off wins in eight of their past nine games to put the possibility of a fourth straight 50-win season back in play. “It’s been working a long time,” Randolph said of his frontcourt pairing with Gasol. “The league is going into a different style of play, you know. But it works. And we’re doing what we’re doing and playing, man. I’m on board with what’s going on.”
How are you physically? Dave (Joerger) had mentioned that he thought you might be a little bit fatigued or your legs might be a little weary… “It has nothing to do with fatigue. I’m not fatigued by any means.”
Injuries and schemes aside, Joerger now must figure out what to do with Jeff Green going forward after benching the inconsistent forward for the second half of that Houston loss. Joerger said sitting Green was his decision based on performance, not discipline. But this was a form of discipline.