To sum up our coverage of All-Star weekend, let’s take a look at why we Grizzlies fans were interested in the first place… Zbo!
Shade 1: Zach Randolph
– At the 5:34 mark in the first quarter: Checking in for the Western Conference All-Stars, Zach Randolph! Within 30 seconds he had his first rebound. In the ensuing possession, he sank a jumper from just outside the elbow.
– His next two shot attempts were foiled. One was a post-up on Carmelo Anthony, and the other was off a handoff near the basket, which Joakim Noah swatted the other way. He recovered by putting down a lay in as the trailer on a fast break.
– In the second quarter, he had a rebound and a failed attempt on a jumper over Joakim Noah, then checked out of the game during the next dead ball. It was the last of the first half action that Randolph would see.
– At about 5 minutes into the 3rd, the head-banded one returned to action! Yet again, it took less than a minute for him to haul in a board. A few possessions later, he scored on a put back. That was it for the Zach Mamba, on the night, but it was great to see him out there.
– I caught up with Zach at his post-game availability, and he had this to say:
-He appeared a bit run-down from the exhausting weekend, but Zbo’s a tough guy, and he’ll be ready to get back on the grind. Notably, he said it would be “a beautiful thing,” for he and Marc to make it to All-Star together next year, talked about getting back to work, and fielded questions regarding the state of the team stepping up after the Rudy Gay trade.