A couple of questions for the Z-Bo lovers... 1. Where has Z-Bo gone in his career that he made a team better? 2. Where has Z-Bo gone and pushed a team into the playoffs? 3. Where has Z-Bo gone and not had a reporter write something along the lines of "Team X is looking to shed Zach Randolph's horrible contract"? 4. When has Z-Bo played ANY defense? I only ask because if a player scores 20 points but allows his man to get 25 then that's an extra 5 points the rest of the team has to deal with. 5. How many all-star games has Z-Bo played in? (Hint: If we're spending $16MM/yr on a guy then that answer shouldn't be zero).
What I think is amazing is that if Pau had never played in Memphis there would be multiple "should we gut the team to get Pau Gasol?" threads popping up everywhere. I can already see the arguments--"he's the best finisher in the league, he's a great shot blocker, he's the force we've always needed at the 4". Just goes to show you that success in the NBA is not based on the sum of the individual talents of the players on a team but rather how the talent you have fits together to build a cohesive unit. In other words, Dave Berri is full of crap.