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?