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Grizzlies get Zach Randolph back Friday night

Mar 16, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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Watch out — the Memphis Grizzlies are back.

The Grizzlies that knocked off the Spurs in the playoffs and put a scare in the Thunder are back. Why?

Because Friday night Zach Randolph is back in the lineup.

He will play against the Raptors on Friday, something expected after a reportedly good practice Thursday with the team. Randolph will play but expect him to be eased back into his regular minutes following a slightly torn MCL in his knee that has kept him out for a couple months.

That injury happened after he played just four games this season, but the Grizzlies have held their own without him — at 24-17 they would be the four seed if the playoffs started today. Still, come the playoffs, the Grizzlies need the scoring in the block that Randolph provides. He gives the Grizzlies as good a front line as there is in the game (and nobody wants to face them in the first round of the playoffs because of that).

It’s good for us fans to have him back. Even if the other Western Conference coaches aren’t thrilled.

  1. dafmediaproductions - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    With Z-Bo coming back I think the Grizz can take the Southwest division and get the 2 spot in the West.

  2. cinnalocks - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Glad to see you back Zach, always good to see an injured player have the opportunity to resume his career, especially with all he has given to the Memphis team.

  3. juanandonly24 - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    I can see them reaching the WCF this time. They seem to have enough young talent to beat the Mavs and Lakers while having enough veteran leadership to beat the Clippers and Nuggets.

    • Zammael - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Agreed that the Grizz have enough talent/experience to beat the Western contenders, but I find it strange that you include the Nuggets in that category.

      • juanandonly24 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        That’s the only other team with young legs that I can think of that isn’t the Thunder (which they probably won’t beat)

  4. jolink653 - Mar 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    nice to see zbo back as a thunder fan…if he can get back to being the old zbo then any playoff series between the thunder and the grizzlies might be even better than the one last year

  5. 160hfalligatorhater - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Source: The Oregonian newspaper, 3/14/12:

    Glad this thug has moved out of Oregon, oh wait, he hasnt. Yet.

    Randolph, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, has since left Oregon, and the home is listed for sale at $1.29 million.

    The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office released 158 pages of reports this week. The documents shed light on the confrontation at Randolph’s gated mansion and offer a peek into Randolph’s notorious “Hoops Family” of friends and hangers-on. The mansion was featured on a segment of “MTV Cribs,” a program that featured spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

    One Hoops Family member, identified by police as a Crips gang associate, is scheduled for trial in January in the shooting death of a Portland nightclub bouncer on New Year’s Day 2011. Another Family member is the focus of a large-scale drug investigation in Indiana, where a police informant implicated Randolph in court documents as a major supplier.

    Clackamas County prosecutors have declined to charge Randolph or any of his associates in connection with the beating, during which a Southeast Portland man suffered a concussion and lacerations over his eye that required seven stitches to close.

    Deputy District Attorney Christine Landers, who evaluated the police reports, praised the investigation, noting that deputies overcame getting “no cooperation from anyone in the house.” However, she said the beating victim, 26-year-old James Reuben Beasley, changed his story, at first indicating he couldn’t identify his attackers and later singling out two men, including Randolph’s step-brother.

    Beasley, who at the time of the beating was facing a Multnomah County charge of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, told police he was at Randolph’s home to sell a half-ounce of marijuana. Beasley was later convicted in the cocaine case.

  6. dirtyjerseysports - Mar 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Think he can stay out of jail till April?

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