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Zach Randolph, aka the ‘go-to guy’

Zach Randolph
 

Grizz forward Zach Randolph has been the go-to guy for a Memphis Grizzlies team that has kept going through some playoff-threatening bumps in the road. Grizz forward Zach Randolph has been the go-to guy for a Memphis Grizzlies team that has kept going through some playoff-threatening bumps in the road.

 
 Since joining the Grizzlies in 2009, Zach Randolph has made a commitment to the team and it is evident in the results-driven veteran’s game. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

His first post season with the Grizzlies brought him a game one win and the opportunity to join in on the celebration of the franchise’s first playoff success.

And both he and Grizz nation are reveling in the knowledge that he will be with the Grizzlies for quite a while.

With plans to make Memphis his home for the next few years, sources have reported that the 2010 All-Star is set to sign a guaranteed four-year $66 million contract, which includes $5 million in incentives.  He would’ve become a free agent on July 1.

Some were reluctant when Randolph – now 29 – first came to the Grizzlies and critics were talking, saying that his past conduct issues would bring the team down. But the majority of fans who knew Randolph’s game also knew that the 6-foot, 9-inch forward was a cog that the team needed to get rolling back to the playoffs. He’s tough, knowledgeable and still displays a thirst for the game and a hunger to win.

For Randolph, the past situations were just that – the past. With a new basketball dawn, he honed his craft and solidified his rep as a league force that opposing teams had to game plan for in a big way.

During what already is a magical run for the Grizz, Randolph was named Western Conference Player of the Week on several occasions and has set numerous franchise records since being part of the team.

Double-double is now so often associated with the veteran Randolph that it seems like part of his name. Racking up double-digit points and rebounds like a magnet, fans have come to appreciate his work ethic.

He plays like he knows that keeping loyal fans in the stands is a work in progress.

Carry on Zach!


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