Memphis Grizzlies Rumors
Memphis Grizzlies Controlling Owner Robert Pera announced today that General Manager Chris Wallace, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger and Executive Vice President of Player Personnel Ed Stefanski have been signed to multi-year extensions with the organization. Per team policy, terms of the extensions will not be disclosed. “I am pleased to announce that our Basketball Operations executive team, led by General Manager, Chris Wallace, will continue to lead our franchise for years to come,” Pera said. “Chris, John and Ed bring a wealth of NBA experience and success, and have done a tremendous job establishing the strong culture that I believe is necessary to ensure sustained success in this ultra-competitive environment. More importantly, I am confident that the toughness, resilience, discipline and unselfishness that are embedded in the fabric of our culture will continue to serve as a point of pride for Memphis, the surrounding region and all Grizzlies fans.”
Y’all did great, Memphis, embracing Randolph on his return to the lineup after the death of his mother. Randolph checked in during the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against the 76ers to an immense standing ovation and, while he didn’t acknowledge it at the time, he noticed. “I could hear ’em, yeah,” he said. “I could hear ’em man. All the love the city has been giving me, and the organization, and the fans, it really means a lot to me. I know it and I hear it. It’s just a lot of love.”
I happen to sit right in front of Randolph’s wife and kids during games. It’s a true delight. They yell “DADDY!” throughout the course of the evening. He waves and winks back. It’s all a far cry from the guy Randolph was said to be when Memphis traded for him. Randolph is now a soccer dad. And the loss of his mother is another passage, another part of life.
“It puts a smile on my face,” said Randolph, when asked about playing in front of his kids. “I’m doing this for them, and for the people I love. The city. The organization. And my mother, most importantly. My mom was great, man. My mom was all I had, all we had. She was the rock of this family. It’s tough, but I’m going to continue to go hard for her, and leave it all out there, and do it for her. She was my No. 1 fan. She watched every game.” Here, Z-Bo paused for a moment. “Yeah,” he said. “My phone would be ringing right now.”
Zach Randolph to Memphis media after first game since mother Mae’s death: “My mom was great, man. My mom was all I had, all we had. This is what I did it for. She was the rock of this family. It’s just tough, but I’m going to continue to go hard for her and leave it all out there and do it for her. … She was my No. 1 fan. She watched every game. My phone would be ringing now.”