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Z-Bo Is Unhappy Coming Off The Bench?

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Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

 

A year ago, Randolph hungrily attacked the playoffs like they were a plate of dry-rub ribs at the Rendezvous in Memphis, chewing up virtually any defender who tried to get in his path as the main man in the Grizzlies' attack. Now that he's come back off the shelf after 2 ½ months with a knee injury, Z-Bo has been moved to the second unit by coach Lionel Hollins. The Grizzlies are 1-6 with Randolph in the starting lineup this season and are now 9-3 since he began coming off the bench on March 25.

 

Hollins has made the case correctly to Z-Bo that he is much more valuable to his team paired with O.J. Mayo and Gilbert Arenas on the second unit. But despite his public comments saying he is on board with the decision, the word is that Randolph is unhappy, if not seething, at the perceived demotion and a playoff loss or two could rip open a hole in the hull of the S.S. Grizzlies.

 

Are there really reports of Z-bo being unhappy with his role right now?

Or is this another BS being brewed up by the media?

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My first impression? It's the media just trying to create a controversy that isn't there.

 

"The WORD is that Randolph is unhappy, if not seething, at the perceived demotion". Translation: we have no credible source (if any) to varify or even support this but we're going to publish it anyways.

 

Terrible "journalism".

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This is like the "Rudy Gay is not a fit for Memphis, so trade him to make another team better" rumors before.

 

SMH, scumbag media. :angry:

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I sort of doubt this, but if Zbo is unhappy with his current role, he needs to look in the mirror ask himself whether he cares more about winning or starting. We may have stood a better chance of winning against SA without him; Speights was playing great, was instrumental in our comeback. Randolph, so far, just isn't back to where he was yet, and we have a much more talented and deep front line that we did this time last season. If he wants his starting role and minutes back, he needs to get better and prove it instead of complaining about it (if that is, indeed, true).

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Zach is a team player but you can tell from interviews that he wants to start, I honestly think if Zach isn't starting in the playoffs he would get real agitated by the situation and start playing like crap. I do like Zach coming off the bench because he's coming back from an injury, with Mayo Gilbert and Zach coming off the bench we are a dangerous team.

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LMAO @ "The word is..."

 

That has got to be the worst journalism I've seen in a while. Didn't state a source or anything.

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According to the CA, Zbo just wants to win. Those are his words. So I don't think this is a real story. But I wouldn't be surprised if he's upset about not getting more touches and shots. Of course, as Herod noted, he needs to look in the mirror before calling out anyone else (not that he's doing that). He's just not a force right now. Hopefully, the team can get him more involved in the next 8 games against weaker opponents, and he can regain his mojo.

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It probably went down like this:

Zach: "I'd like to eventually get back in the starting line up when I get healthy".

Reporter: "So you're unsatisfied right now with your situation not being able to play 100%".

Zach: "Yeah.....I'd like to get things back the way they were".

 

HEADLINE " ZACH UNHAPPY COMING OFF THE BENCH!!!!! "

 

Journalism at its finest.

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My dad told me Zach alluded to this in a post-game interview about 2 weeks ago. I told him nobody mentioned it on the forum, so I didn't believe it.

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look to end all rumors ....... I just spoke with Zach,,

 

he cares more about this team thany any other team he's played for.!

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Article from NBA.com

 

 

 

Are there really reports of Z-bo being unhappy with his role right now?

Or is this another BS being brewed up by the media?

 

"I don't believe you/you need more people!!!"

 

I doubt if there is any validity to this story so I'm not even going to speculate. I will say this, after tonight the Grizz have a relatively easy slate. I mean the 2 best teams we have to play are missing their stars for the rest of the season and Minny may not have K-Love. It could be a time to experiment with getting Z-Bo back into the starting lineup but quite honestly imo, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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This is old news. When he was asked if he wanted to be the starter he replied that he would like to get back into the starting lineup when healthy. The issue isn't so much If Z-bo starts or comes off the bench. It is that Mo isn't effective at all when he comes off the bench.

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if he's mad then I know he will try to play better and it can only be good for us in the grand scheme of things. if we do lose playoff games like the first 2 in a row you know the first thing they will do is switch up the starters - perhaps starting OJ and ZBO. OJ started 2games last year in the playoffs remember.

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There isn't an NBA player around that would prefer being on the bench rather than on the floor when the game starts. All players want to start, and play more minutes.

 

I don't think LH has an issue starting Zach or playing Zach 38 minutes a game if Zach helps the team win when he's doing that. As of now, Zach's play hasn't made a strong enough case to take minutes from Speights or anyone else.

 

This is why I don't think the Grizz take their foot off the gas pedal the last few games. ZBo needs minutes.

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6 shots for the big fella and he didn't look happy when Rudy didn't give him the ball in the post.

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Personally, I want him to come off the bench.

 

Mo will become Slaw-Mo again if Z-bo becomes the starting PF.

 

But, either way im ok with whatever. lol

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Personally, I want him to come off the bench.

 

Mo will become Slaw-Mo again if Z-bo becomes the starting PF.

 

But, either way im ok with whatever. lol

 

Yep. Just keep winning baby!

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