17 Burst results for "Zach Randolph"
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"All right, taping this on Thursday night, I waited for all the NBA action to end, except for one game. We're going to do a Power Poll. Haven't done this in a couple of weeks. We're heading into December. I broke everybody down from 30 to 1 in some categories. I'm going to rip through it, I'm going to make some jokes. I'm going to try to do this in 20 minutes or less. We'll see if I can pull it off. First section is the Dregs. And what's crazy is we have eight teams in this bottom category from 30 to 23. The bottom eight teams, they all have a net rating of minus seven or worse. We're going back to the 80s. When I was growing up, we always had like seven, eight crap teams at all times. It feels like we're back to that. Number 30, Detroit. They've lost 16 straight. We'll get back to them in a second. 29, San Antonio. 28, Washington. Those three teams combined have eight wins. Number 27, Memphis. I remember when Chris Vernon said, nah, we'll be fine. Ja's going to come back. We'll be like 13 and 12. Right now you're four and 13, and Ja still has eight games to go. Chicago is at number 26. They won tonight in overtime against Milwaukee. We'll get back to them in one second. Portland 25, Utah 24, and then Charlotte at 23. They're six and 11. And yet they have a net rating of minus eight. So going backwards, two teams I wanted to mention. Chicago, who I watched when they played the Celtics the other night, and it was one of the most dispiriting efforts I've ever seen. Their coach got mad that the Celtics did hack a drum, and he should have been mad at his team. So they play Milwaukee tonight. They don't have Zach Lavigne. They don't have DeRozan. And they end up having 30-plus assists. They have this emotional win in overtime. And to me, that's about a 15-foot red flag that maybe you should be making some moves. The problem is they paid Lavigne, and it was like 200 million plus. And it was one of those things that was like the Wizards with Bradley Beal where you had this asset, you want to keep it, but you don't really want it either, right? It's like you rent this house, and they kept a couch in the living room that you don't like, but it's like, oh, it's a free couch. And you just hate the couch the entire time you're in the house. I don't know what they do with Lavigne. I mentioned this on Tuesday's pod. I went through all the teams. As you know, on the cost of the trade machine, I went through everybody trying to figure out who would want Zach Lavigne. Couldn't come up with it. Who wants him for that kind of money? He doesn't play defense. His team plays better when he's not out there. They might be stuck with him, but I wonder when this trend's gonna end of the team going, oh, we don't want to lose him. And all of a sudden they're 200 million in the hole with somebody they don't want. The other team here, Charlotte at number 23, who I kind of mind their starting five when Hayward, now he could go down at any time, but Hayward with Bridges, with LaMelo Ball and Rozier, Mark Williams, like they're one of those teams when you're watching them, you're going, wait, is this an NBA team? Like a decent NBA team? And I was wondering, is this the Zach Lavigne home? And what would that trade look like? Because they have Hayward on expiring. And could they potentially, could it be Hayward and Rozier, who's good tonight? Again, for Lavigne, and then you take Lonzo Ball back, even though he's injured, he could reunite the Ball brothers, hope that he comes back in a year. No picks at all. So Charlotte would basically just be giving up. Hayward's expiring and Rozier, who's a really solid rotation guy. And you get Lavigne, you have to take his money back and Lonzo is hurt. I was trying to figure out who wouldn't do this. And I'm at a stalemate. I don't know who says no faster. I think it's a no from both sides, but I do think there's meetings on both ends. But that's where Lavigne's value is, I think, at this point. It's an expiring contract and a rotation guy, and you might even have to take another contract off their team. All right, that's our bottom eight. Next category, the trade machine mercenaries. I got three teams here. Brooklyn's 9-9, they lost tonight. Toronto's 9-10, and Atlanta is 8-9, they're the 20th team for me. These are teams where I don't mind their rosters. When you watch them, they're fine, they're okay. Like, Brooklyn looked pretty good tonight. Toronto, you watch them, they're always hanging in games, you don't mind them. Atlanta, they're fun. They're fifth in offense for net rating. And yet something's missing. And you don't even really know what the trade is. Like, if you're Atlanta, what's the trade? You know, trade like Trae Young? What are you gonna get for him? Who wants Trae Young? Who wants to pay the price for Trae Young? You're kind of stuck in the vicinity of the team you have already. So basically, you just have to hope they're gonna do better. Jaylen Johnson got hurt for them, which was really tough, because he was probably the third best guy on the team. Toronto is a team that I think actually should make a move. And then Brooklyn's in a weird spot, because they don't have their pick. It's going to Houston. So you don't want to go backwards, because you're gonna lose your pick anyway. You have some assets with Phoenix first, 25 and 27, and a couple other picks. And I don't really know what to do. They're in no man's land. They were banking on Ben Simmons, which you kind of get what you deserve that he's already hurt, that's happening. So they're gonna tread water, and it seems like they're one of those teams that's kind of waiting for somebody to get disenchanted with an asset, maybe it's Zach Lavine. Toronto is the team I want to talk about though, because it's a team that hasn't made sense for a couple of years. It's a team that they don't get to the line, and they don't make threes, which is kind of death in 2024 basketball. They're in the bottom five in both. And they have Siakam, who's a free agent, whose three-point shooting has dropped from 34 to 32 to 20% this year, 20%. He used to be, I remember in the Kawhi season, he felt like he would actually make a three. Now, who knows, but I still feel like he's an asset. And I was trying to think, what's a good Siakam trade? This is why I'm the trade machine legend. Golden State, Wiggins and Kaminga for Siakam, who says no. Wiggins, terrible season. Really, since last year when he disappeared for six, eight weeks, we still don't know what happened. This year he showed up out of shape and he was terrible for a month solid and really, really hurt them, stopped rebounding. Finally had a good game this week, but he's Canadian. Kaminga, it's year three for him. I should know by year three, do you have a chance of being somebody yet? With him, he clearly needs a new team. And then Siakam take a fire on him if you're the Warriors, gives you a little more size, changes your team a little bit, gets you out of this Wiggins situation. Thank you, Wiggins, thank you for the 2022 finals. We're gonna have to agree to disagree on what happened the last year or so, but now you're gonna be in Canada, good luck. And they finally give up on the Kaminga thing, which I think they have to. And you get Siakam, you take a fire for him, you still have his cap figure, you got signed in trade this summer and he helps them. I kinda like it. It's just a trade that makes sense in a whole bunch of different ways. A nice two for one, Toronto shakes it up a little, they get an asset in Kaminga, maybe they can rejuvenate Wiggins, that's my idea. Next group, the past performance All-Stars. We just mentioned Golden State. They're 19 for me right now, brutal. Their net rate, this sums it up, their net rating is 0.0. That's Golden State in a nutshell. Clippers, eight and nine playing, these two teams are playing each other right now as I'm doing the Power Pull, so who knows who's gonna win, but the Clippers are eight and nine as I'm doing this. And that's with Kawhi and Paul George, not missing any games. We talked about them on Tuesday. I don't really wanna talk about the Clippers anymore. I'm not taking them seriously. I don't really wanna go see them play. It's a weird situation. I've had season tickets for 20 years and they've had really bad teams that I didn't mind go seeing. Like there was a year with Zach Randolph and Baron Davis and it was just an absolute mess. It was like a parody of an NBA team. I had a great time going. I really enjoyed seeing a weird bad basketball team because at least that was something. This Clippers team, just watching the stoic demeanor and whoever gets the ball over mid court gets to shoot and James Harden just once a week seems to care. I just can't do it. I don't know how many games I'm gonna go to this year. But Clippers tickets, they might end up, unless Mike Tolan, the guy I shared tickets with, unless he's taken them, they might end up on some ticket sites. Might be happening. Don't enjoy that team. Went to the Denver game Monday night, bad times. Not a fun team to go see. All right, next category. This is fun, the wildcards. Number 17, Houston. I don't love that they're winless on the road. Not a good sign. It's now December. Maybe get a road win. Number 16, Cleveland. That's not what's gonna change first. The coach is gonna change. The J.B. Bickerstaff thing. They're 10 and nine. They have a minus net rating. When you watch them, just something seems off. They just don't seem crisp. They don't seem polished. And he would be a candidate for me for first coach maybe to not have his job at some point. And I don't even know what they do, but they need to do something. Something's off with the mix. I can't get a handle on it, but I've watched enough that I just, something just doesn't sniff right with that team. Number 15, Dallas. Don't love the defense at all. Hard to take them seriously as a competitor in a two-week playoff series. Any game, like Luka can get hot, have his 42, 14, or 11, or Kyrie can have the 30-point game. But for the most part, I just don't see them with the current roster being able to get stops. So they seem like either a playing team or a round one and out team, but we'll see. Maybe Lively can blossom for them. I have the Lakers at 14, and I don't love anyone counting them out at this point because of the talent, but pretty unhappy 20 games for them. When you think, man, I think I had them as a top three team. I had their over under, which was maybe 46 and a half, something like that. They've had some injuries already, but what's a little scary is that LeBron has been around this whole 20 games. So you would think like if you're getting a healthy LeBron for the first fourth of the season, you'd be a little better than 11 and nine. They look slow. They have trouble guarding wings. And this feels like an incomplete team. Of course, the trade stuff has already started with them, and they have the Ruby contract. He got hurt. They have Russell. They have Christie, Huchafino. They have their 29 first. And it's just, I'm monitoring the Dallas thing. I've been talking about this for months, that if that Dallas thing goes sideways at all, is there gonna be a Mavs, Lakers, and Kyrie going to the Lakers? I don't think they would do the Zach O'Dee move because I don't think that really helps them, especially their problems of defense. I'm sure they're in on whatever the Caruso sweepstakes ever happens. I'm sure they're all in on that if they could pull it off, but we'll see what their team looks like. It seems like the trades can start in mid-December, and this does not feel like a finished roster yet. Number 13, New Orleans. I don't love getting sucked back in by Zion, but I feel like it's happening. And he's not where he was a couple of years ago when we were going nuts and Marcello was having a stroke every time there was a New Orleans game. He's not quite as explosive as he was a couple of years ago, but he's still an absolute bitch to play. And you look at, they have a lineup with balance units Zion, Ingram, Daniels, and Herb Jones, which is plus 24.6 when those five guys play together. They didn't mention Hawkins. Trey Murphy's coming back. Alvarado just came back. Nance got hurt again. But this is a really, really talented, flexible, malleable team that has multiple guys who can score in any quarter, even when their best two scorers are out, it still feels like they can get offense. I didn't mention McCollum, by the way. So they have 10 guys counting Nance and just scoring at all points of the game. There's never going to be a six-minute stretch where they're not getting a good shot from somebody. And they're really hard to match up with with the size. And then you look at the picks they have, they have all their own firsts. They have the Lakers first, which is their choice in 24 or 25. They can swap picks with Milwaukee in 24 and 26. They have the Bucks pick in 27. They have a lot to make moves with. And yet I don't know what the move is because I kind of like the team. You know, poor CJ McCollum. It feels like yet again, he's probably going to be in trade rumors, but I don't even know if I would trade him. I like what they have. I want to see more of it. I want to see another 15-game sample size. All right, the next category is the possible in-season bumpers. We got three teams, 12 Indiana, 11 Sacramento, and number 10 Knicks. All of them are in the playing tournament, in the quarterfinals at least next week, and are in situations where if they could put together a couple wins and get to the finals or even win the whole thing. This is one of the reasons they developed this in-season tournament. They were hoping that it would be a thing that the players care about, 100% true. They were hoping that for the coaches and for the teams, it would be a nice little litmus test for where you stand at a certain point in the season. I think for all three of these teams, all three of these teams could absolutely win one, two, maybe not three games. The Knicks, I like the Knicks. I think they're really hard to play. Brunson has so much confidence now. They got Randall back. They have a really good bench. They have a bench that can be down eight, and their bench can come in and start flying around and making threes. I just think they're playing the Bucks in the in-season. I think they're gonna beat the Bucks. I'm just telling you now, I think they're gonna beat the Bucks in that in-season game. But all three of these teams, I think the in-season is gonna be a nice little fork in the road for them. Indiana had a tough loss tonight, but offensively, they're just a nightmare, the pace they play at. And if you're just talking about a one-game playoff, really hard. Same thing for Sacramento, if it's the right matchup for them and Fox is flying around. So I think all three of those teams are worth watching next week from a big picture standpoint. Why don't I mention Brunson quickly? Brunson had 42 tonight. The Knicks are 8-0 against losing teams. So there's a chance they're the very good, bad team, that they're just the team that's gonna beat up all the other bad teams, but come up just short against the really good teams. The case for that not being the case is how good Brunson's been this year. And the three-point shooting with him went up a level. Well, he's had, I think he's 47, 48% for the season now. He moved his distance back. He's making 25-footers. He's a 25-points-a-game guy. He's an absolute bitch to match up with with these different teams. And not only is this a massive, massive, massive loss for Dallas, and if Luca ever ends up leaving there, will be probably the first thing that gets mentioned. But if you're talking best guards in the league right now, and you have Curry and Booker and SGA as your first three, and I think that's set in stone, and then Halliburton, whether he's on the tier with those guys as the fourth guy, or he's right underneath as the fourth guy, I think he's fourth. And I think Fox and Edwards are right there. And I'm gonna say Jamal Murray, just because of the title last year, how he plays with Jokic, how we've seen him come through in big games. I would have him next. And then I think you could make the case for Brunson in this eighth spot before Maxey and John Moran, whatever happens with him when he comes back. Donovan Mitchell, who I know has the stats, but over and over again, it just doesn't seem like he's making anybody better and elevating anything. And we now have a pretty big sample size in this. I'm not ruling it out. I'm just pointing out, Brunson seems to have a better impact on his team. Dame Lord, just a defensive zero. I mean, I've been talking about this for two years, and then LaMelo would be the only other one, but I think he can make a case. Brunson's in the top eight now for guards, which is an insane climb for him, and just an incredibly impressive fourth quarter guy. So you look at where the Knicks are, they have all their own firsts. They have some protected picks from Dallas, Detroit, and Washington this year. They have a protected pick from Milwaukee in 25. They have moves to make, and it's another team where I'm not really totally sure what the move is. They could definitely improve the Mitchell Robinson spot, but his numbers are pretty good for them. So my guess is they're probably gonna cruise along, see how far they can go this season. But if they win the in-season tournament, I'll be interested to see if they get a little more frisky around the trade deadline. All right, next group is the Orlando Magic by themselves in the young and hungry assassins group. They are 13 and five. They are third in defensive rating. They have a plus 6.2 net rating, which after 18 games is just insane.
"zach randolph" Discussed on The MMQB NFL Podcast
"Hi, I'm Dr. John White, WebMD's chief medical officer and host of the Health Discovered podcast, where we bring you fascinating stories and unique perspectives like our recent episode where we break down the myths to uncover the facts of type one diabetes. A lot of people, very well-meaning people who cared about me just thought that it was caused by diet or can be cured by diet and exercise, especially right after I was diagnosed. People saying, what, what was it that you ate or are you going to have to change your diet to get rid of this? There's still a lot of, you know, people see me pick up some kind of dessert and they're like, oh, should you really be eating that? Or thinking, you know, if they give sugar free things to people, if that's helpful. Listen to Health Discovered on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. We've got my friend Rohan Nadkarni here, our prestigious NBA staff writer and Miami Dolphins fan. We're, we're throwing, we're throwing a movie on today, Rohan. We're just having a good time. I thought this was more of a Next Man Up vibe. No. We're having fun. I didn't realize, uh, it was, you had to set the bar so low, you know, I came in ready with takes. Um, you know, I watched a lot of Red Zone yesterday. Did you? Yeah, absolutely. So I'm ready to rock. Rohan. I didn't, I didn't, I didn't, you know, call someone while they were on the team bus, uh, which, you know, on the way home, which apparently is a thing Albert does every week, um, which like shout out to him, man. But uh, you know, I got takes. I I'm, this is exactly what I'm here for. So this is a, this is a reciprocity from Rohan gets all of my NBA takes. And so I have, I have said this on the show before. I have not watched a complete NBA game since, oh, I would say like September of 2010. But I, I have a lot of thoughts, namely, you know, that the NBA season starts in October, right? It was a PC. It was a net. Okay. Okay. Got it. Okay. I covered the nets for three weeks. Um, but then it was right when they were going to try to trade for Carmelo Anthony. And then when it turned out, they didn't get Carmelo Anthony, the newspaper was like, we're not devoting any resources to this team because they're going to move to Brooklyn. They're not going to be in New Jersey anymore. But for three weeks I was embedded man, Troy Murphy, um, Chris Humphries when he was dating Kim Kardashian. Um, Oh gosh, who was the, um, Devin, Devin Harris Harris. Yeah. Yeah. I was, yeah, I was all in on that team, man. I knew a little bit about basketball at that point. Um, but yeah, Rohan's got the brunt of my MBA take now, which is that the sinness and tallness of these, uh, I don't know what you would call them. Like alien men is completely unsustainable and we need to go back to the days of like Eddie Curry and Shaquille O'Neal. Well, first of all, I'd love to see Eddie Curry and Shaquille O'Neal and Zach Randolph times back in the NBA. Secondly, I will say that I do think it's very hilarious that last week, Victor Wemenyama and Chet Holmgren played each other and the rivalry was built up entirely off the back that they're both really tall and skinny. Like we don't, we don't do that for any other position where it's like, these guys have the same body type, therefore they must be rivals. It was like Chet and Whemby are both so tall and so lanky. And what's funny is, Wemenyama is like a generational prospect. People are talking about him, like, is he the most hyped prospect since LeBron? Chet is a good prospect, but he's not a franchise savior. He'll probably never be the best player on the Thunder as long as Shay Gilges Alexander is there. But simply because they're both tall and skinny, they have to be rivals.
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"But I didn't think of it in that sense, right? And you're right. This has not been a big sports market in general. The Grizzlies themselves have only been there for 20 years. Yes, John Morant is bigger than both Gasols, bigger than Mike Conley, bigger than Tony Allen, bigger than anybody in basketball history there, probably. And so, yeah, where's the, I don't know where the, is there somebody in between Elvis and Ja? Like maybe, somebody from Memphis would have to tell us. But the other thing that struck me was there were team people talk. I don't know if they were team officials or just team people. There were definitely anonymous team sources. And depending on what station that person or those people occupy within the organization, I kind of came away feeling like this is somebody signaling that the organization is losing patience or is trying to send, right? Like depending on who it is, right? Like it could be somebody lower down. It could be teammates. It could be, you know, assistant coaches, it could be anybody. But if it's anybody in a position of authority, they made a calculated decision to convey some of these things, Bill. And that tells me that the organization itself doesn't mind the line there that says, a grizzly source said, because maybe they want that shot across the bow. Maybe they feel like nothing else is, you know, really getting across. You'd hope this one of you brought this up. I'm so glad you brought this up. Well, I'm so glad you brought that up because that struck me too. And you're somebody who's written a bunch of these pieces and they can go one of two ways, right? When you're trying to dig for information, the team can be, I guess in three ways, the team can either be helpful, but say, don't put one thing about anything with me, you know, me, don't even say me as I'm giving you all background, that's it. Or they could say, fuck off, we're not talking about it. Jaws great, it's going to go well. Or they do what they did in this story. When they approach it this way, where they're not approving of the story, but they're also like, seem pretty okay talking about it. That tells me this is maybe more of a, I don't want to say his last chance, but maybe this is a little more dire than it's been presented. So it seems like we saw that the same way. Yeah, and to be clear, I want to disclaim this as many times as possible before the aggregators, you know, start extrapolating. I don't know who these team officials are, or if they were even team officials as opposed to others within the team. But it's reasonable to think that if that many people were talking, they did it with the full knowledge and intent of wanting this out there, because they feel like nothing else has worked. And if you thought in the wake, if you're working for the Grizzlies in a position of authority, and you thought in the wake of Adam Silver's 25 game suspension, wow, that's the piece, that's the disciplinary measure that's going to get Jaws attention and get him to grow up and take responsibility, be accountable, straighten himself out, personally and professionally. If you were confident in that, then you just listed those three options, Bill. You would take the option of, we're just not going to talk, right? Like if I was really confident that Jaws gotten the message loud and clear, and I was convinced that things were going to be just fine, he's going to service 25 games, he's going to come back, and I'm 100% confident all of this is behind him. If I were that, and again, I'm just speculating, disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer. But if I were in a position to speak to the media from the team and was that confident, I would do the, we're not talking about it because we're really confident this is going to go to the right place. The fact that people were talking, yes, to me signals potentially that there is still an ongoing concern that this punishment's not going to be enough to get him to straighten everything out. It was funny because earlier this week, I was talking to someone from another team and I was just, this is that time of year, right? You're shooting the shit. And it was just kind of like, tell me, I think I said, not counting Harden, who's the next star getting traded? And he thought for a second, he said, John Moran. That's just, again, this is like, this is not breaking news, this is not sources say, this is not anything. It was just one person's kind of like semi quippy, but kind of their feel for it, right? Like if their sense is, and again, it signals the same thing that maybe there is a, the concern has grown to the point where you're no longer convinced that this is going to be tenable long-term. I don't think we're there yet, to be clear. And I'm sure the Grizzlies aren't there yet. And it would be- Oh, we might actually head there. Yeah, we've talked about Zion for good reason, right? Like their patience clearly is at its end, but you just can't get the right value for them and nobody knows how to value Zion Williamson. We could talk about Carl Anthony Towns and there's a reasonable discussion about why he could be traded. Harden is the immediate thing and then if the Harden thing doesn't go well, then yeah, okay, Joel Embiid, you're on deck for maybe a year down the line. There are others. Mitchell's the other one. Mitchell is definitely lingering. Yeah, we'll go get to that one, I think, later. But yeah, Mitchell's lingering. And so, John is not one that I would have had at the top of my list. And to be clear, I don't know that trading John anywhere else solves anything. It's not the city of Memphis' fault that John Morant has acted the way he has. I don't think it's the Grizzlies' fault as an organization. It's not one of those things where, oh, just get him somewhere else, he'll be fine. But sometimes you do have to have your world rattled a little bit. You mentioned Zach Randolph earlier. Zach Randolph, people go back. Go Google Zach Randolph and the stories about him early in his career in Portland and the way he was perceived. And you would have thought he was the biggest just knucklehead, jerk, whatever. Like any negative thing you could think about because he was part of that era of the Trailblazers and he was involved in some things and he had a group of friends who were involved in some things in Portland that cast him in a very, very bad light. He gets traded a couple times, bounces from New York to the Clippers to Memphis. He's now a folk hero. By the way, Zach Randolph, one of the all-time great dudes that I've covered, he's just a big teddy bear. He's a great guy. He's not any of the things that I think people perceived him to be early in his career. And maybe it took him being traded a few times before he settled in. Jaws, a much higher ceiling talent and a lot more riding on him. So the stakes are higher. But just in terms of individuals who sometimes benefit just... I hate the idea that a change of scenery does it right. Again, it's not about Memphis. This is not any town or team's fault. But sometimes you just have to have your foundation- Something of fresh start's a fresh start. Yeah, also the history of the NBA is when these guys hit their late 20s they tend to grow out of it and become better bets, become more mature. I've seen that over and over again. It is funny though, this Jaws story and just the possibility of him being traded and all that. This is kind of the NBA we grew up with, right? So you go all the way back to the cocaine era and back then you had none of the intel we have now. And the league was not covered the same way. It was basically like one national reporter is Peter Vesey and that's it. But you would have Michael Ray Richardson on your team and know he had a coke problem. And you would just trade him to Golden State and be like, hey, you interested in Michael Ray Richardson? And Golden State's like, yeah, what do you want for him? And all of a sudden, and these guys were moving around and that was what was going on in the 70s and 80s, people passing problems around. When we got to the 90s, it was a different era of that where the problems were different. A lot of times it was young guys who had gotten a lot of money too fast or maybe somebody was clashing with their coach or like C-Web's case where he's just like, I don't like Don Nelson, I don't want to be here. And over and over again, we saw teams gambling on these assets that weren't assets in the way like, you didn't know if you could win a title with them, but you knew they were an asset. And this era now with John Zion, those two guys specifically, were just incredibly talented young guys who might need a fresh start somewhere else if it doesn't work out this year. I don't know. Like if you're, I don't want to speculate, but if you're a team like the Clippers and you have a new stadium opening next year and you're like, holy shit, we could get John Morant and we have to give up this, there's going to be a market in a real way for either of those guys. And I don't think Memphis will trade John. I actually, if I had to bet on it, I would bet that this is probably going to work out and he'll probably learn lessons. The stuff in the piece about his people being worried about his dad's influence and how his dad was kind of acting like he was in the league too and stuff like that, that seems like you can straighten that stuff out. He's also going to be on his third strike. So if that doesn't scare you, I don't know what, like what's the next step after 25 games? That's like a full season suspension. So my guess is this works out, but I'm also open to the possibility that he might not be on the Grizzlies in three months. I mean, I certainly wouldn't rule against that. Yeah, I mean, I feel like it's too soon. Like this season would be too soon. I got to think he serves a 25 game suspension. He comes back, he'll say all the right things. These guys know how to say all the right things and they get coached on all of this. We saw the last interview, he did the first suspension. Oh, Jalen, oh God. But there's a way to handle this. He'll do that, he'll come back. I think they tread water without him and we'll see how the season goes. Because Marcus, we'll see what happens on Friday, but Marcus hasn't played all preseason and is already injured. And he's somebody who had a lot of nagging stuff with the Celtics and took a million kajillion charges and blocks and I just worry about how he's going to evolve physically. So I don't know. They're a really hard team to figure out because the instinct, and we did this on the preview pod, it's like, they're the Grizzlies. They're going to win 50 games. They're a great regular season team. But you take Jalen for 25 games, Marcus isn't healthy yet. And I don't know, there's a path for them maybe not to be that good. And Tyus Jones isn't there anymore. Right? And Brandon Parks out for a year. Yeah. All those great records, all those wins, oh wow, look how good they are without Ja Morant.
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Right Time with Bomani Jones
"He had that brillo pad, too. Yeah at one point where it was just like, it was just right. It was just yeah, it was like a tiny little bike ramp, right at the front. In fact, I don't even know if he actually had the Gumby. I think all he had was the joy right there. He was like, yo, Indiana about to show y'all how we get down because that's everything Shaw chimps from Indiana. That's why I'd be like, yo, why don't you know, hoosiers, what a great movie, you want to talk about the heroes of Indiana basketball, shawl kill. Glenn Robinson, you know what I'm saying? Zach Randolph. That's what we need to put together, by the way, a movie called the new hooges where the new hoosiers go back and play the old hoosiers. It is a bunch of dudes from Gary and Marion and all these other places. I saw I thought of you the other day because it was on social media, I guess Michael B. Jordan is promoting the creed movie and him and Jonathan majors were talking about their favorites and different categories and Jonathan may just had the nerve. They asked was the goat sports movie Jonathan man just had a nerve to present hoosiers into the conversation. He got off of it quickly, but he put it up there like it deserved to be in the running and I was like you just trying to sell some tickets to a particular demographic, let them know that you are cool with who's just well, I'm looking at this and he is from Santa Barbara county he went to Yale in yeah, he went to UNC if any went to Yale and I don't feel bad about saying this because I'm not offering it as a judgment. It means there's nothing bad about this gentleman. However, let me run if you talk it up who's just like that. Let me run a Google on Jonathan majors girl friend. And by the way, I put in girlfriend and what I was trying to find out was the second suggestion for search by the time I got the F all girlfriend. I think that's for everybody though. I don't know. I think you put it anybody's name and put in a G they gonna follow it F yeah, yeah, well we got that part, but it was, I was looking after he said, who's this? You know what I was looking for. And what I was looking for was the second sir. Okay. Yes. Yes. Michael B. Jordan caused some heat in these streets about his relationship choices. Yes, oh, yes, yes, yes. Yes, he did. He was like, watch this. Yeah, he was like, he was like, watch this. He did it. He did it the same way with Russell Wilson. Like, oh no, nah. I'm a show you. What? Oh, that's what y'all think about me? Say something nah. Say something now. Oh gosh, this started with Sean Kemp. Somebody can make a map of our conversations one day. That would be hilarious and entertaining in itself. It's just like, how the hell are we ended up on how Jonathan majors grew up, start with Sean kip, letting off shots in the parking lot. But also, but also, we got to some basketball history. We taught the youth. We got the basketball history that spans back decades, spans backs eras, all of this stuff. We really got into some like, we actually got into the sports way to see they can't do it like we do with them. You know what I'm saying?
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"Jeez. You're giving Knicks fans PTSD. I mean, between Eddie curry, Andrea bargnani, Carmelo Anthony. There have just been deal after deal that have that has looked good on paper. I mean, Eddie curry at the time looked good on paper. He was like a 16.7. Zach Randolph looked good on paper. Bargnani even looked good on paper, but then, you know, that didn't even look good on paper. Well, I mean, I mean, well, then the lottery pick comes around, didn't you like, a crap we could have had player X, and we should have drafted that guy. And you know, look, they're looking this year at Jalen Brunson as their first round pick. Like, because they moved Kemba Walker, you know, and gave up a pick to get off that contract. To clear the cap space, like Jalen Brunson this year is kind of their first round pick. And look, I can see how they see it that way. Jaylen Brunson is what, 25 years old, not an all star, but an exceptionally efficient score where I think it's going to have a good career in New York. So that's a step in the right direction. And I think if you're the Knicks, you can't, you can't worry about relevancy. You can't worry about what your team looks like in the market. You've got to just keep building. And there are very average team. And that's what they're going to be. But I think they're an average team with upside. I mean, Archie Barrett is 22. So in the average 20 points per game last year, I'm not saying he's going to be a perennial all star, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was one at some point in his career. Brunson's 25, Mitchell Robinson's 24, like they've got some pretty good foundational pieces on this team that they can build around. If they use their draft picks well, or they trade them down the line for a player that makes sense with this group where you don't have to give up whole heck of a lot. Where I think the Knicks made a mistake. Was giving Barrett that deal when they did. There was no deadline for RJ Barrett, that was an artificial deadline imposed by Leon rose, who was trying to get you time gear. He was playing a game of chicken with Danny ainge that he was never going to win. So like giving Barrett, that backfired. Yeah, backfired. Giving Barrett that extension, yeah, I've read some stuff about it miffed the jazz. I can tell you, Danny does not give a shit. Nothing really bothered. Everything is cold blooded with Danny ainge at the end of the day. You just want to make the best. He just wants the best deal. We have to make the best. What a steal. And if he doesn't get it, he walks away. What it did do was complicate the trade, right? Because once you get Barrett that extension all of a sudden, the numbers are a little bit different. And you have to do things in a different way. But I think that's the mistake. They probably should have just played it out a little while longer. I know there were negotiations with Bill Duffy Barrett's age, but Barrett didn't have any leverage here. Like it was an extension, not a new contract. He had no leverage.
"zach randolph" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"I think that job's going to be there forever. I think he's dame, I don't think he's ever leaving. I think the coaching staff, Taylor Jenkins is phenomenal. Front up. Turn it to Taylor Jenkins who gave a tribute to their PR man who just left Jason Wallace. Yesterday, that was a really cool moment. Again, I'm telling you you do enough stories and you realize just how much it means when teams build a chemistry build a culture when you feel like the person next to you actually cares about your success. I think that translates to what happened on what happens on the floor. Yes, shout out to Jason Wallace, shout out to Taylor Jenkins. But it's also and this is just looking in the short term in the Western Conference. Their path to the finals going forward. It's like Chris Paul's not gonna be around forever. All respect to Phoenix, but when he leaves, they'll just be different. Forever. Yep. If the Utah Jazz don't go to the Conference Finals this year. Yeah. So it's like Denver looks like they will be Memphis. Dallas will be a thing going forward assuming that they're able to eventually get a second star around Luca. Maybe they don't even need one. And I think the clippers are good with the title next year. I'm just saying that I've been a firm believer in that, but Kawhi and those guys aren't going to be around forever either. So it's just like maybe the pelicans rise with Zion. I don't know. I mean, how old is jaw? Like 22? He's 22 years old. Yeah. I mean, in 5 years, he's going to be in his prime. God willing no injuries. And all those teams you mentioned are just they're going to be too old. All those players are going to be too old and it's going to be his league. It's going to be Lucas league. It's going to be jokic's league. Yeah. So I'm glad we had this discussion. I've wanted to have it for a minute. Jazz is fantastic. He's the most exciting player. In the league, love watching me, because he's basketball, the girls isn't going to have so many nationally televised games next season. It's sick. It's honestly awesome, incredible. Shout out to the grindhouse, man. Shout out to Memphis. They get up for playoff games. I love the atmosphere there. I hope they are bringing Zach Randolph and Tony Allen and some of their old heroes back before their playoff games this year to just get the crowd whipped up into a frenzy. I hope I get to make it out to Memphis for a playoff game. I'm really excited for their playoff run. Agree Memphis is also one of the best places I've ever watched a game. In person and I think that'll do it for today's show. Thank you so much for being yourself. Thank you to our listeners for all your wonderful emails. Please keep them coming to open floor mail at Gmail dot com. That's open floor mail at Gmail dot com. We will check you later this week. Until then everybody please.
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"And so I'm sure in the 90s did a lot of other players that were right there or the Knicks or whoever with Ewing and so I can not fault somebody's great players for not winning a championship. But on the other hand, I did want the same thing. I wanted to win one for former career as well. And like you said, it does add another level to your career. So I definitely wanted that on my resume. So yeah, I think we put a little bit of too much emphasis of winning it, but at the end of the day, that's what we all play for to be the best to compete against the best and get to the top of the mountain. So I'm a little bit of torn. I'm a little bit torn. I think, of course, it's huge to win a championship, but I can't fault my guys that played so hard and tried, but didn't end up getting over the top. During the peak of your career, well, it's actually starting from the moment you entered the league Dirk, and then through all those peak years, that was a time when the power forward was like the glamour position in this league. And it was stuck. So you come in, chrome alone, obviously, still kicking people, kicking people's asses. Rasheed Wallace, Chris Webber, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal. I mean, I could go on describe the nightly gauntlet and a lot of those guys were in the Western Conference, too. For most of their careers, how do you describe the nightly gotten, especially for you when you were coming in as like the skinny teenager from Germany just trying to kind of find your way? Yeah, it was amazing. Every night you had, you had a challenge on my position and the problem really for me was on the other side of the floor and the defensive side. So I had to find a way to stay efficient enough to stay on the floor. I can still, you know, I got good at fronting these guys when they were posting me because I was obviously my upper body. It wasn't quite ready yet to hold these guys off, so I worked on techniques to front a lot and when they lob the ball over there comes Sean Bradley. So I had to work really hard on that end. In the offensive end, things were starting to click with Steve. And Mike, but yeah, the power for it position was loaded and later with Zach Randolph and so many rasheed Wallace and Portland. There were so many, so many great players. And it was fun to compete against the best every night. So I think you raise your level if you know you have to bring it every night and I think that helped my consistency over the years and because you can take a night off. They're all tough. Those guys were all stars and they all brought something different to the table. Who is the guy though when it's like three hours to game time where you wake up for me after your nap and you're like, oh shit man, I gotta deal with this guy. Like who's the guy who made you stress out the most?.
"zach randolph" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"No disrespect to him, of course, but like, look, there's some things that not even he can't overcome. I still think that they have a shot if they play 80 at centerfold to make the play. To me, to make the plan. I think, listen, I said on our free season podcast where we had like kind of a whole SI gang together. I said I would not shock me if they went out in the first round. Howard Beck thought I was crazy, shot to back absolute legend. It would not shock if they went out of the first round. I still think they can create some problems with I mean I could try to look up the numbers when I'm feeling lazy, but I think AD it's a 5 they've been it's workable. And I think that they can maybe figure something out. But that also means stop closing games with THT. 100%. Okay, let's move on to this email from Kerry, who writes hello equally talented, open floor crew. Love the love the podcast and have for ages. My question who is your most embarrassing favorite player? Emma wolves fan and the first person I remember them drafting was Isaiah Ryder. He is definitely my answer and was my favorite player until KG two years later. Thanks for your potting Carrie. Carrie, this is an amazing question. Great question. Great question. I'm curious, Rohan. Did you have did you have to think about this one or did you just know instantly who you were going to go with? I had to think about it in terms of like Zach Randolph, I don't think is embarrassing, but it's like maybe you're trying too hard to be hipster, you know? But yeah, I wouldn't say I had to think about it too deep. Okay, so I didn't either. So my favorite player I've said this many times before on the show, my favorite player growing up is David Robinson. Not embarrassed at all about that. He's incredible. Love David Robinson to this day. There were times during the David Robinson era when he was in San Antonio, of course, where my allegiance would shift to his teammates, where I'd be like, you know, player X is now my favorite player because he's not him, but my guy Avery Johnson held that belt for at least like two years. And so much to the point where our family growing up, his middle name was Avery. My parents let me give him the middle name, not the first name. Good work. Good work. And so that's how much I loved Avery Johnson and was a huge fan it's like when you're growing up you're trying to find players who you can relate to on the court and it's just like someone who can't hit a jumper who's really sure who's just not turning it over, but not doing anything that great, that was me. So I really saw a lot of myself in Avery Johnson and I am very embarrassed about all of this. So that's my answer. So what's your answer? So for me, my first exposure to the NBA was a 5 or 6 year old booting up NBA courtside on the N 64 with my brother..
"zach randolph" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"With the Jordan bowls, Reggie Miller's pacers, and Riley's Miami Heat were among the greatest in NBA history. Blood wars all packed into one ten year period. Since then, I've thought about that as an award. Most joy to the fanbase in a decade without a title. It just rolls right off the tongue. Steve, genius. The Knicks are clear winners in the 90s. In the 2000s, I think it's got to be the Steve Nash sons. So close so many times so many thrilling moments. In the 2010s, I think it's the OKC thunder with KD Russ harden and Ibaka making deep playoff runs and giving some all time great warriors and spurs teams. All they could handle, the grit and grind grizzlies, by the way, who never felt like real contenders earn a second place nod. My question is this. To me, the grizzlies win that award for the 2010s. I just need to get that out there. Actually, I agree, I agree, but we can discuss in a second. Steve's question is this. Which franchise do you think is setting themselves up to win this award in the 2020s? Would love to hear your thoughts on this unanswerable question. Meanwhile, keep up the great work. I love the show. Steve, this is incredible. I love this so much. Fantastic question. I'm gonna throw it to you well, first I'll just first, let us just let us just wax for a moment on the 2010s the grit and grind grizzlies. Shout out to mark Gasol, shout out to Zach Randolph, shout out to Tony. Did you watch the did you watch Z Bo's Jersey retirement ceremony? Yes, yes. I did too. I watched it. I was actually sobbing. Why you missed this person? People forget about Zach Randolph in the crazy career yet until he got to Memphis and it was like, wow, like these two entities, the city of Memphis and Zach Randolph, just simply needed each other, and they found each other at the right moment in their life, and it was a beautiful what happened? His relationship with Marc Gasol is just outstanding, it's so cool. And you talk about missing him. Zion fits this mold a little bit, but even then, like, Zach ridle feels like the last power forward in the NBA, okay? They don't make power forwards like Zach Randolph anymore. And he was awesome and they were fun to watch and they won some crazy playoff series like that upset over the spurs, and then they had other series where they punched teams in the mouth and expected them against the clippers against the they almost beat the warriors warriors to one up to one, 2015. Until they put bogan on Tony Allen. And they've just been a part of so many great playoff series and the grindhouse..
"zach randolph" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"The fact that you're finally getting some notice? Yeah, I mean, obviously it's nice to, you know, get some recognition. But, you know, at the end of the day, I mean, like, I've said before, we still got almost 60 games left. So it's early for all that. You know, at the end of the season, if I'm in Iran and receive the award, I'll be extremely thankful. You know, right now I'm just focused on wedding games and continuing to get better. Does you talk with the wisdom and the grounding of like a veteran, which maybe shouldn't be surprising in that you were a four year guy in college. Do you think this benefited you on some level? I mean, I know that sometimes from a draft perspective from GM's perspective and scouts, they look a little suspiciously on guys who stay longer in school because they think well that guy, you know, there's a reason he didn't come out yet. It could be a double edged sword though. And coming out after that much time, you obviously do arrive more mature. Where do you think that has benefited you? I mean, all across the board, I mean, with my nutrition, I mean, just learn how to be a prostitution, sleep habits, you know, study habits, the way that I study the game, where I approach the game, my work habits, you know, I felt like I came into the league and had a lot of those things in place. You know, so now it's just about taking it to another level and, you know, learning the NBA game, the NBA system. You know, I mean, I think the four years in college, I don't know what type of player I would have been. If I were to let record two years three years, I would have had an opportunity. I'm honestly glad that I stayed for all four. I'm sure it's been written about, but what was that? Like were there moments after a year or two year three? Had you considered coming out sooner? What made you decide to stay? Yeah, no question. I mean, after my sophomore year, I led the big 12 and 3% edge and we went to the tournament. I think I was like 12 or 13 twice a game and you know I thought I was ready. I mean, I just went to the USA camp for the year before and I saw the crop guys that were brought into the league and you know I feel like there was a role for me in the so you know I asked my coach like what do you think and it was like, I think you need to come back next year you're gonna be a junior and now be the time to do it. So I watch a year comes around and I tested the waters and you know I was saying around two way you know nothing was looking like I wasn't necessarily gonna get guaranteed money for sure, so if I'm not getting guaranteed money that I need to be called back to school and I get back to school, you know, develop my game a little bit to some people that I can do, but you know I know I can do and the rest is history. What do you think you gained most by tacking on that extra year or two? Where is your game? Where was it on draft night that it wouldn't have been if you had come out one year or two years earlier? Yeah, I mean, I was a pretty much four spacer. You know, role player, my first three years. And my last year, I was on the ball. I was coming off the screen. I was just more complete player. And you know, it's showing now. I mean, I feel like, you know, a complete player now, obviously, I can still improve. Get a lot better and areas, but I'm working towards being a complete player at this level of love. It's interesting because we know everybody's got their own path. Everybody's got to do it their own way and maybe what works for one guy won't work for her next. But I mean, your story is one that I think really does show that like for some players, the longer college career does pay dividends. Whatever you've missed out on the front end in terms of obviously contract, you're gaining in terms of your ability to step right in and play a really important role on what looks like a playoff team, you know, very early in your career. Yeah. I mean, like I said, I can't understand how much our college is there. So I'm super thankful. I got paper because Dixon, you know, tough minded coach that, you know, telling me up and got me ready for 82 games, schedule. And what did it mean in your rookie year to be able to get a taste of the playoffs right off? I mean, you guys had to play your way in. It's looking like you guys might just, you know, you might just get there straight up as a playoff team this time. Did that have a value that like a lot of guys they get bigger roles or whatever else on teams that maybe aren't aren't going to the platform they're going back to the lottery, but you got to actually get meaningful games at the end too. Did that did you get a sense of like what that means for your growth? No question I'm hitting that that's what you worked for. You know, I mean, you don't work for, you know, games and early November obviously those games are important, but the goal of every organization at some point is to win a championship. And you know, obviously getting that black experience in my first year of playing a team like Utah, specifically, who has such unique style has such a good crowd, good atmosphere. You know, I feel like I was really thrown into the fire and it paid huge dividends for my growth. A couple more before I get you out of here, we're recording this on a Friday Saturday night. I believe is the Zach Randolph Jersey retirement, big moment for the franchise and for the city. Do you know do you know Zack at all? And do you have any favorite moments or anything about, you know, just watching him as a fan growing up? What does Zach Randolph mean to you, mean do you think to the grizzlies? Yeah, he grew up only hour and a half, you know, where I grew up from school. Before I knew him as a grizzly legend, I knew him as a, you know, I do for Marriott Indian. It was tough as nails, you know? And obviously he brought that here and you know, out of historic career and has a great legacy and I'm super happy for him. He deserves it, of course. Thankful for everything he's done for, you know, Memphis and for our organization. You know, it's going to be a special night. I forgot, right, right. You guys have the Indiana connection. Has he been a guy who's been in your ear over the years? Has he been an adviser or mentor to you at all? Not too much. I mean, I know of him, and we've had conversations here and there, but we're not super close like that. But yeah, I mean, I just look into him more from standpoint of his, you know, from where I'm from and along career, the yeah, and he's a great guy. It's so funny, Zack is one of those guys who, like, he is just a teddy bear of a person, but obviously he is, he is a different guy on the court and I think he's he's one of those guys I think it's fun like the way that fans got to understand him over the years that like this is a guy who clearly big hearted as well as obviously tough as nails on the court. So that'll be a fun night for all you guys before I let you go. You are in the city known for barbecue. Do you have a go to spot? I mean, you can't go wrong with the barbecue out here. I mean, I've been central barbecue, of course..
"zach randolph" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"So how do you what is that all about in terms of this context of being coachable? I don't know if Frank logo is ever. That was kind of everyone. It seemed like everyone was on the same page with that, too. Did he was going to play the 5? And so it's not like those conversations. Those conversations had to have happened. And he's not playing the 5. And they're terrible. So I'm going to come up with an analogy. It'll be real stupid, but I'm going to say no. Oh, I can't wait. It reminds me a lot of when you're a kid and your parents tell you you have to go in the bedroom and sleep with the light off. You're like, but I don't want to 'cause something I just don't make me do it. And eventually you turn the light off and then you fall asleep and you're fine. That's kind of what this feels like. Anthony Davis is not wanted to play the 5 for years going back to the New Orleans years. It's very, very clear. He's never wanted to do that. The only time where there wasn't really a conversation about it that I can remember was when he played really briefly with boogie. Because it was like, okay, both of y'all are going to play so it's not really a question of whether you need to play up a position down. I mean, he's like a center in today's, it's very clear. It's better for him. Offensively, no question, I think because I remember dealing with this a lot when I covered Carmelo and New York, Carmelo didn't really want to play the four. And if you asked them directly, he wouldn't straight deny it. That was a thing. And he's like, I'm willing to play wherever. But he really didn't want to and the people in the organization would tell you that. Carmelo would talk about how difficult it was to have to play against guys like Zach Randolph. So I will say this and Davis credit today is his credit. For how fragile he is and I was just mentioning that about 15, 20 minutes ago in the podcast if there's something to be said for the toll that that maybe takes on your body defensively that maybe we can't appreciate as people watching the game as people analyzing the game. Then so be it. You know, particularly for how often he gets hurt. There may be some truth to that. And so who am I to tell someone that, you know, that that might not be the best thing for their body? I will tell you this, the way that team is built, they're not going to have much of a chance without him playing the 5. So it might be a form of sacrifice that maybe he's just not comfortable with, but again, the longer view of it is that Anthony Davis has never wanted to play the 5. So if it's specific to this year, fine, but I don't know, it's interesting because to me it's not quite a coachability question there. But also part of that is like he's always been that way. So maybe it is. And maybe we should view it that way. But yeah, I mean that obviously was always going to be one of the bigger questions for the Lakers. And even with all that evidence, still really doesn't want to play down there..
"zach randolph" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"You've transitioned it to more of an offensive type team at least for the interim and we'll see where that goes for them. But I think it's something that was almost kind of necessary without Kauai. You needed to add somebody else who could go create. You a basket off the dribble either for himself or others and that's what blood. So gives you as a flip side on the other side. I wish. This is where I wish we could do like a low-key situation and do like a variant timeline in Saint. Patrick Beverley to the grit-and-grind Grizzlies. Yes. Could you imagine him along with Zach, Randolph, and Tony Allen in that crew? Like he people would there just be fights. Did you say tweeted Ryan last night like shortly after the trade? Yeah. He tweeted out grit-and-grind. Let's go. So, you know, he's he's locked in them. I mean, do you think they're going to get bought out these guys or do you think there's going to be a home? Yeah, I don't think they'll get bought out. I think they'll they'll be at the very least. Maybe they'll do the Diego dalla approach. Now, just hang on to, and find a trade firm later. If they have Oreo turu the, he's throwing to make the math work salary-wise. So who knows? But as you mentioned, you know, I think earlier the Grizzlies do have 17, guaranteed salaries. Now. So that's two that they've got to cut because you can only carry 15 on to the regular season roster. So they're going to have to eat some money or they're going to have to trade some money away. My guess is Rondo, is the more like home of the two two never play in Memphis. Right? For the Grizzles. I think that he'll probably has a worker by out or he'll get traded into somebody's trade exception or something along those lines that there's a couple out there that he could fit into in places where I think he could still, probably help those teams. No, Celtics fans. I don't think he's coming back to Boston. I that's they're already dead. All into it further into the tax and they wanted to be after the shrewd ordeal. So let's put that one to rest. And also, let's put the rest. Kyle Anderson. Doesn't fit into the the Tristan Thompson trade exception either. So let's do that one. I know he's a longtime object Celtics fans, a the affection. They really want him there..
"zach randolph" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Polar vortex when we won fifteen games like i deserve this. I had you know risking frostbite for this organization You know in all seriousness. And he just he would get pushed around like zach randolph and carmelo anthony or two of my favorite interviews for this book because they could see this fighting spirit in him okay. He was so flimsy but they carmelo was like yacht was was coming at me. You know he was like ready to compete. And so i just think he always had that but he had to practice the mean mark in the scale. You know publish that extra last week on the ring dot calm about him being in the beard lexington and you know just trying to be mean and you know escott robinson who looked after him. He was a buck staffer that worked in on player development. He was like he had to practice it. Because he's not that guy very nice gentleman. So i think jabari coming in. And they're being some competition really showed janas like i can't have these people thinking on just as adorable smoothie king. Have these people thinking. I'm soft because i come from greece. You know like. I have to be mean and It's funny because he got like meaner and meaner every year in the like the moment where he dunks on. Ben simmons says he's a fucking baby. I like lost it. I just like all over here because this is a guy that practices scowl the mirror you know and he would flex his biceps after ten reps like do we see any difference. Is there any growth. And so it's just it's he. Has this fire in him. he's always wanted to be the best. It's not good enough to just be there. They're just not him. You have a pretty funny when i asked you that question. I figured jabbari was possible. Answer i thought you were going to go with jason kidd who i imagined to be no no lower than second or third on that list kids. You literally have in the book that i want to say. It was that jason kidd called janas out for a defensive lapse and was like coach. That wasn't my fault. Jason kidd was like yes it is and then they went back and watch film. And jason kidd was legitimately wrong. It wasn't janas the fault so he is was right and then kid benched him. For the whole second half anyway. I think and so then janas was like extra angry about that and then came back and was like duncan on fools like immediately after so if he's not i on that list maybe maybe jabbar is first. Jason kidd jason kidd. The book is worth the cost. If only for the jason kidd anecdotes..
"zach randolph" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"Raymond's gonna feel some sort of sense of responsibility for how that thing went down last weekend, and yet here they are competing yet again with a different style of play with a different group of guys and Fremont got into that and when talking about what to expect. From this team defensively coming in, and we'll get to that in just a SEC as well. But it really did feel like this is this is all. Steve Kerr. This is Steve Kerr, Ron Adams, Jarron Collins saying, Hey, you know, we're gonna focus defensively and if we could become a top 10 or now a top five and Steve Kerr said it there. We've proven over more than they are the first portion of the season a good chunk of it that we're one of the better defensive teams, if not the best one of the best. You know, you eliminate couple of defense of metric games and all of a sudden you're up there at the top, and everybody's dealing with Injuries. You know, Anthony Davis isn't up there for the Lakers, who were the number one team defensively in the embassy. So you know everybody's got their problems right now. But the Warriors who could be 20 and 13 and 18 and 15 think you're feeling pretty good about that. With the what? They got Four games left here before the end of the first half ago. Charlotte to get the Lakers they get Portland and they get Phoenix to wrap up next week. And then that's it, then a little break and you come on back to try to wrap up this season with the second half, so One more from Steve Kerr here talking about for Avon Green making plays this was, you know, hit the lot on dream on, And it's not just because you know Steph did have 24 last night. It wasn't a fantastic shooting night. By any stretch. Dave wants to point out again, one for 11 from three point land. He just did it again. He hung up the one via from the control room over there. She's looking at me anyway. Steve Kerr talking about Draymond green dream on after the game to you know, wasn't a Not like an incredible piece of sound to play. But in the back and forth as a reporter talking about his mind set on a play in which he earlier in the game, Domantas Sabonis kind of kind of fooled him on something, he said. Later in the game, he opted to leave him alone under the hoop because then he was able to protect himself from Myles Turner driving the lane. It's just the way dream on sees the game is different than almost anybody on the floor so we can crack jokes about the lack of scoring, but he's seeing things Nobody else has seen, Steve Kerr said. It was pretty apparent last night and dream on. Just ties it all together. I mean, he made some plays tonight that nobody on Earth can make just because of his brain. His anticipation his physicality. He dug out a loose ball late in the game that looked like you had no chance. That and Nobody else on Earth was gonna beat him to that loose fall. So pretty mom was just tremendous tonight and s. Oh, yeah. Elbow all of the grand. I went. Yeah, Hell over there is the grind out win. I like that. It's funny. I was just gonna get to this text on the cash group Text line. 650 check sentences in response to the Warriors, having kind of a grind it out style of play over the last few weeks, 65 owes his team's gonna have to come to the Grindhouse, like the Grizzlies used to be those who are unaware of the Grizzlies used to call their home arena. The Grindhouse. Yeah, the fans yet, Gasol, you got Conway, for my brother has seemed to be, don't you? My brother's like some my brother's like a random Grizzlies fan. If we get into that my brother is like he might be the only guy on the planet. There may not be a more like for gotten pointless franchise in the Memphis Grizzlies. My brother, no joke He's got like Memphis Grizzly gear and not just like current Memphis Grizzlies gear like you know, you know, they made that switch where they'd get that weird sort of cloudy, blue gray. Now that on It's kind of like you, Connie, but it's I don't know It's weird. It's not. It's not quite his Navy, but they used to be up in Vancouver. And they kind of had those cool like the PA with the geek. This guy's a talent, But I guess that's worth like a burger or chicken thing. Right. The talent you got the claws on the big bear pod and get the cool logo anyway. My brother like I'm pretty sure the reason it happened. Which is funny because I remember the last the last. Here we go with a little just jump off on on the Memphis Grizzlies because the Warriors are down there around number 19 ranked with them as far as offense If efficiency goes not as good on offense is there on defense, it all started cause I think my brother decided. Hey, the Grizzlies look like they're kind of an up and coming trendy team. You get these like pet teams. The problem was, he was only like nine. So he made his pet team his number one team at the time. He was nine years old. I guess he had never like many of us had never seen any of his team's win a world Syriza's a Super Bowl in NBA championship. Hey. Doesn't care as much about the NFL anyway, but I think he thought, boy, I'm never gonna get one with the Warriors. I better try to mitigate my waiting time here and jump ship and joined the Memphis Grizzlies. I remember him calling his shot which had crab Rudy gay and seemed to beat Mike Conley, Marcus all gonna have these guys. Zebo members Ebo, Zach Randolph. We're gonna have these guys banging in the Western Conference playoffs on our way to the finals appearance. And I mean, nobody is more frustrated about the Warriors championship run. Then my brother who jumped ship right before enjoying the Memphis Grizzlies bandwagon or lack thereof. You might be the only guy driving it right now. Anyway. Let's get into some of these great mom Green sound when we continue to laugh at my brother's fandom of the Memphis Grizzlies frame on after the game, talking about Steph Curry's Defense. You heard Steve could talk about it. Now everyone is focused right now on what he's done offensively well, they need him to step up on defense, too. He's been incredible when it comes to rebound on part of his body. Becoming more thick is the right side of my own. Gabe Kapler said that about Marco Luciano, showing up to spring training days he's thicker in his trunk. He's got a much thicker body..
"zach randolph" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"He's instant offense. Like you said. I mean, he shoots it from anywhere this. He could have a pretty good future because he's got. He's just got shiftiness and quickness. And, yeah, you see, it doesn't seem to have much of a conference out there. We used to have just like one guy or two guys used to have the weird shot. There's a number of guys that come in low, mellow balls watching Charlotte last night, had a little something on Charlotte last night and watching Charlotte, Houston, and they're just going Back and forth Exchange in threes. Low mellow ball really solid. Really Sorry. He's better than his brother. Yeah, he'll be better. I think you're right, Cap. He'll be better. Definitely better Shooter. Yeah. Give me your keys committed 14 a game six rebounds, seven assists. He's It's weird. Looks like an international kind of game because he's cherry picking, throwing the ball down the floor, you know, doing touchdown passes to Ah, To his teammates for easy lay ins. It's It's interesting what Jordan's got there with Charlotte. I watched that game is well, hoody. And if you remember he was on the right wing deep and he's going to shoot a three and I locked in and went OK. I wanna watch this because Lonzo it's like from his hip. Lots of offensively out. Lonzo is if he's not just running the break and facilitating as a passer. I mean, pretty good defender, too. He's a very good defender. I'm talking about offense. I mean Alonso with the ball if He's just not a threat to score. He just isn't Now he's coming here tomorrow night and you want to talk about Ah, lot of smoke around. Ah, player in the team, you know, Forget about the Bears and Carson Wentz. I mean, this bulls Lonzo ball stuff sounds like Oh, you think that it's I mean, there's a lot of it out there, guys, and I mean a lot of it. That's not what you want. What do you getting up to get? I don't know if it's what you want. I'm just saying. I think it's gonna happen by the deadline I do for a late what we give him back way laid out to trade. What are you hearing? I'm not here. No, no, I'm just saying that everywhere you look, there's rumors connecting the bulls the Lonzo ball that they badly want him that they've talked to in New Orleans. Zach Levine, though They want a pair of with Levina back with me. No, I'm not suggesting that, Yeah. That they want to pay. They think Lonzo and Levin will be a good combo. Apparently, they checked in with numerous times during the off season with New Orleans and his numbers are not good right now. I don't know that he's a great fit for stands offense. He's there's a lot of there's a lot of smoke out there right now that the Bulls going on his third team and four years well as stance that a good eyes not good fit for his own offense, That's true. Oh, God, It's not a good friend he's got. He's got three centers in the middle. He's got He's got Steven Adams Get Zion Zion is he just wants to have some rules designs of five in this in today's MBA. He just these room to operate. You got Steven Adams in there and No on the block. He's pulling like he's trying to pull like like an old Grizzlies thing like Zach Randolph and Marcus. All I will say, though they could be if they if they do it right, like good luck defending Steven Adams and Zion Williamson in the paint. Ain't nobody doing that. No. What? What about what about the four that they have there? What about the other guy? He's also also in the paint, too. Many guys can you put in the pain it once they're going eighties ball and you over there. They're going old School E mean Zion's awesome man. Yeah, he is something all right, one last thing before we get out of your way. So who do you know what we're talking about People that made preseason bets in the NFL manhood. He had a bunch of props, I, but we all had props going. A guy named Mark Derosa, Not the ex cub. That cub, not the ex Cub MLB network. So this guy, and they have two tickets here. He had an $8000 bet at 35 to 1 that the Buccaneers would win the NFC title. He had a $2000 bet at 65 to 1 before Brady signed. That they would win the Super Bowl. He then bet $10,000 at 8 to 1 of them to win the NFC South and then made another play on the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl. He netted 550 Grand's pretty good. He bet Two teams before Brady signed, he said. I also put a bunch of money on the Chargers. He thought the charges for the box made the most sense for Tom Brady because he already wanted warm weather. So he bet those two and he got Lucky on the bottom art. About that. Congrats and see him. Please put the bed the streaker story. I'm not buying it for a second. There's no way that a bookmaker would take that kind of exposure. No $100 maximum. Yeah, There's just that that bets. That story's hogwash. Don't believe right. So how'd he said this to us? There's a picture of a guy who claims that he had paid $1000 bail to get out of jail. He was the streaker. In the Super Bowl, and that the reason he did it is because he had $50,000 on the prop Bet seven. Plus 7 50. So 7.5 the one that there would be a streaker. And so he went. Okay, I'll pay my $1000 in fine and met out over half of. There's no way it's completely. Of course it is. There's no bookmaker would risk that kind of exposure on a wager like that. Correct none. Corrupt that That's a nonsensical story. I've had buddies tweeting at me, Dude, you put up the money. I will go streak. I'm like, Yeah, it's all both all baloney. The last thing Hoody and I talked about the Dakota standings, did you? Oh, well, we'll talk about it. Talk about it, and I think we're gonna get in its national pizza day. So I'm gonna go get a slice in a little bit. Then maybe I will not ease for dinner, but we're going to send J. R. You're gonna go? You're on runner, Jr. I'm buying. Don't worry. You fly I buy. Don't Rose opens at 11. You fuck! What is it called? Rose? Don't rose. Don't brothers, right up the street. Robby. Yeah, It's good. It's right. It's on Kinzie and state They got like New York slices. You said don't grow. Oh, I love that book brothers, right? There is exactly okay. Yeah TV and a VCR and a slice. That's why I got New York slices. They got a window right on State Street. That's the second time you and I have had poked brothers mentioned in the last 30 days like they've been in business and 30 years. Well, we skew older here. I love it. I take care of your back tomorrow, guys. All right, take care. All right. I'll talk to you later. All right? That is the great Jonathan Hood. We're back at 78 A m..
"zach randolph" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"Coaching his daughter. They you know you never. I mean, Zach himself said it never could have imagined. That he and Kobe Bryant would form this coach. Parent partnership. But Zach Randolph just speak of. I mean, he says, Kobe is the best ever do it. He's not talking about the player. He's talking about the coach. He was that moved. By how much Kobe put in the coaching that team. And You know, Kobe did I mean I think maybe the most telling line and then the pieces you know, Zach Randolph said. Toby ran this like a real organization. That's how Seriously. He took it for these girls. And I mean they practice five days a week and just all the Right training and beats workouts and all these things that Kobe brought to this group. And I mean, he he he was. I think we all know I think we've seen enough footage and I mean this coaching His daughter and coaching that team that so much to him. We're talking to Marc Stein. Marc. There is a great quote in the piece when Randolph told you that Kobe quote loved my baby. He told me I love her man. When he told me that I told him we're brothers for life and a quote. What does that say that about both men. That you're right. That's that's the most powerful line in the story. Probably just I think I think it just I don't. I don't think Zach Randolph was expecting that again. He knew Kobe Bryant from competing against him. Four years, but competing and somebody is it's much It's a much different thing. When I mean, you know, all of us who have kids and they play sports. You know that relationship with the coaches. It's important. It's a big It's a big deal because the kids are spending so much time. On these traveling teams and I, you know, I think I think a lot of parents could just identify with Which you know you want to feel good about the coach that you're sending your kids too. And you know, Zach Randolph felt more than good about it. I mean, he just You know? Hope you told him. You watch how good she is going to be. When I'm done working with her, and so you know, it's it's just again. It's just the tragedy of this. It's all coming back for everyone. Now it's gonna be. It's going to be a very emotional week. You know, the the end of the one year anniversary is tomorrow. And I still just can't can't can't believe it. It's a nearly impossible thing to get your head around for sure, Marc Stein joining us and I had to keep the laboring it. But there's so many interesting aspects and it's I mean, it's so sad. It is so, so sad and it's all coming back again. But there's another relationship. I do want to ask you about. That's the one between Pau Gasol and Kobe's family, which to me really is fascinating. Now. It's not if you know anything about power because he's such an amazing guy and a tremendous guy, But from what you've seen of that. What does that tell you about powers of person? That maybe something you didn't even know? You know, my former colleague Ramona Shelburne is she did a wonderful piece on Pao and just How hard he's tried to kind of be there. Or the family as much as you can. I mean, there's you know, it can never be enough. But You know, he's trying to provided much support. It's possible. I just I think it's interesting that No. As reporters. We so much covered What power could do for Kobe Championship window, but also Kobe You know? Kind of toughening power to win a championship. But I just find it. I found it very interesting that how You know, I spoke about in this peace trying to Trying. He was trying to coach Kobe the other way that you know it's okay to let your guard down and show love and and, you know, let some of those vulnerabilities out and Your pal is probably the only one who could have done that. Because they no one so much together, and it was No such a game changer for Kobe after that trade, and you know, having a player of that level, joined him again and giving him the chance to win two more championships. So I mean, look, I think you you you've encountered power yourself. You know, they're just they're just There aren't many kinds of people in sports or the world. Real events been power. I mean, he just is an incredibly kind person, and they were a duel of opposites. But I think everybody sees now. How? How close they really were. No, I think you're right, pal. Palace a really different type. I mean, like a world class athlete, But I mean so kind and just such a good guy and I know exactly what you're talking about. You know, Mark me just really quickly ask you and there's not a convenient pivot here. But when you look at the Lakers really quickly, you look at LeBron and he's averaging. 32.4 minutes per game, which would be the lowest of his career by quite a bit there, tied with the Clippers for the best record in basketball, so how pleased you think the Lakers are with their strategy? Now it's working out so far and then what's that say about their depth? They're in a class by themselves, and that You know? In their journey, You know, last season, there were so many even after the Anthony Davis trade. There were so many doubts. Are they even the best team in that leg?.
"zach randolph" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"That's a great thing. We know this about fathers and sons and sports and passing that on, so I think that's really cool. Listen, thing is tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Kobe Bryant and I want to get into your piece about Kobe and Zach Randolph in a moment, But overall when you think about the passing of Kobe What kind of thoughts come to mind? I think I'm like everyone, and I know you had a relationship with him. And I think we're all fans. Media What you know? It still is incomprehensible. It is just still. Impossible to believe. I had this conversation with so many colleagues. We write these stories. You know, I've lost count. By now. How many? Kind of retrospective tribute inside every kind of pieces kind of telling. Various aspects of Kobe story and after writing them, they still just does not think in. It just still does not seem possible. It's The saddest story I've ever covered in my 35 years doing this and I have a feeling it's it's gonna always be the saddest story that I have recovered. It's just Not just for what Kobe's meant to people within sports and beyond sports, But There were three teenage girls on that on that helicopter and just live cut so tragically short and I think what just sticks for me is Go be with 17. When I met him. I was the Lakers beat writer for the L. A daily news. So he was He was 17 at the first. Press conference that I covered with him when he was introduced to the Laker. And you know his his daughter was with him and you know, it's the they're teenagers on that helicopter. Lets out the belly. Peyton Chester's, You know they're teenagers, too, And I just that that's the part that I just can't let go up. Right. Marc Stein is joining us. So Mark Zach Randolph moved to Southern California after he retired and his daughter join Team Mamba. What was Zac's impression of Kobe when they played in the league. Yeah, you know, look, they were They were contemporaries. Randolph was wrapped in 2001. So Kobe was in the league for five years by that point, but Zach worked his way to all star status. They played in a couple of all Star games together, so they were No rivals, but it was really nothing more than a mutual respect of, you know, guys who cross has a lot on the court. And, uh, you know, I think I think people were aware after everything happened last January that Zach Randolph daughter was on the team on the team. Kobe coach But back and his daughter they really haven't talked much about this and you can understand it. I mean the grief for everyone really involved in this so close to it Just It must be unbearable. And there are a lot of stories about when this thing shattered five families. I mean this disk dis crash. It's It's got to be impossible. Talk about for People whose families were directly involved. But I Probe back recently to see if he would be willing to discuss it because he just had this Unique perspective, going from an all star competing against Kobe for years. Now. Phobias coaching his daughter. They you know you never. I mean Zach himself that it never could have imagined. That he and Kobe Bryant would form this coach. Parent partnership. But Zach Randolph just speak of. I mean, he says, Kobe is the best ever do it. He's not talking about the player. He's talking about the coach. He was that moved. By how much Kobe put in the coaching that team. And You know, Kobe did I mean I think maybe the most telling line and then the pieces you know, Zach Randolph said..