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Zach Randolph thinks Grizzlies better set for playoffs without Rudy Gay

Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

Zach Randolph

When Rudy Gay was traded from Memphis to the Toronto Raptors, a lot of national pundits shook their head and said, “why would Memphis kill its title aspirations by trading its best player?”

Those people didn’t watch a lot of Grizzlies basketball. It’s not that Gay isn’t a good player, look how he has helped Toronto, but the fit wasn’t as good in Memphis.

Don’t take my word for it, ask Zach Randolph. Which the Memphis Commercial Appeal did.

“I definitely do,” Randolph said. “I think once we get our identity together and continue to play, get some more games under our belt as a unit and come together, I think we can surprise a lot of people.”

We’ll see. Here’s the thing — Memphis was the No. 4 team in the West at best, it’s not like they broke up the ’96 Bulls. Memphis had little if any shot at a title anyway, but they saved money and if Tayshaun Prince can find his way in the offense the Grizzlies can focus even more on what they do well — pound teams inside with their size.

  1. asublimeday - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I love how bulls-obsessed the site has been this week. Keep it up

    • slowclyde86 - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Why post this on a Grizzlies thread? Odd.

  2. cakemixa - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I must have missed the part where he said they were better set.

    • kinggw - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Its right there in front of you.

      Randolph was asked if he agreed with the owner on the fact that the Grizzlies were better equipped for playoff success. He replied with the aforementioned quote.

  3. BOOMmediaGroup - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Reblogged this on boom Media Group and commented:

    • slowclyde86 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      You do know that spamming this site for traffic on your lame blog is bad form, correct? Please don’t do it. Anyone who sees it will have nothing but disdain for the very thing you are trying to promote. Seems kinda counter productive to me.

  4. abchome - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    They better be, or Randolph will be the next to go. They got promising Ed Davis from Gay’s trade, and the only two players their new owner Pera invited to dinner were Conley and Gasol.

  5. elrock7 - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I am sure the Raptors are glad Memphis felt that way! He has been almost lights-out since the trade and they are just getting to know each other.

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