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Durant thinks Zach Randolph is the best. Randolph agrees.

May 2, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

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There was a lot of Zach Randolph love after he tore up the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday just like he had done the San Antonio Spurs the weeks before. (Maybe that Duncan guy isn’t so old…)

Randolph was the expected monster inside, but he also was 5-of-8 from the midrange — he (and Marc Gasol) stepped out and showed range, which made things harder for Oklahoma City.

That prompted Durant to heap praise on Z-Bo (via the Oklahoman).

“We gotta make him shoot tougher shots, but if he’s making ’em, you can’t stop him,” Durant said. “He’s an animal.

“He’s the best power forward in the league, I think.”

Pretty high praise. What do you think of that, Zach? (via the Commercial Appeal)

“I’ve got to agree with that. Thanks, KD,” a smiling Randolph said while sitting in front of a microphone as the interview room filled with laughter.

Randolph and Gasol were to provide the first real test for the Kendrick Perkins/Serge Ibaka front line for the Thunder. The front line that was going to shore up their weakness of being soft in the middle. And while there is a lot of series to go, they failed round one.

If they fail a couple more rounds there are going to be a lot of questions being asked in Oklahoma City.

But Z-Bo will have a lot to say about that, too. Just ask him.

  1. jmclarkent - May 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Zack always had All-Star talent; it was his head and lack of maturity that killed him previously. Kudos to Zack; it seems as if he has grown out of his knucklehead phase “figured it out”.

    Hopefully this isn’t all a show for that “next contract’.

    • memphismiracle - May 2, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Well, he actually already has his next contract signed. He has been playing even better somehow since he signed it a few weeks ago.

      • musilly - May 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM

        Yep, Conley style. This blog needs to give Wallace some credit. Grizzlies are good + darn good entertainment.

  2. dgforreal - May 2, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    That picture is great.

  3. dexterismyhero - May 2, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Glad he has grown up somewhat. He had all kinds of trouble early in the NBA which went back to high school in Indiana. Got caught with weaspons back then.

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