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Matt Barnes flagrantly fouls Zach Randolph, and Randolph loves it (VIDEO)

Apr 26, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

Any time two of the game’s more physical players are involved in a hard foul situation, there’s always the possibility that either could explode.

Thankfully, after Matt Barnes committed a flagrant foul on Zach Randolph during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win over the Clippers, we saw exactly the opposite.

Barnes caught Randolph from behind in what was a hard foul, but shouldn’t have warranted the officials ruling it a flagrant. He did catch Randolph on the head, however, and Randolph’s immediate reaction to turn around and get right in Barnes’ face had everyone initially concerned.

Barnes didn’t move, presumably because he saw the non-threatening look in Randolph’s eyes.

Randolph gently head-butted Barnes, smiling the entire time, and hugged him around the back of the head, after reaching out for a handshake once he stepped away.

Clearly, Randolph not only thrives in a game where his opponents are overtly physical with him. As he showed with his interaction with Barnes, he respects and appreciates the effort.

  1. acdc363 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    That was awesome. Z-bo is a monster!!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      only Larry Brown couldn’t get him to play @ knickerbockers……
      and Crawford …..
      and Ariza…..
      and Nate the great…..
      Larry is a crazy white guy.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      only Larry Brown couldn’t get him to play @ knickerbockers……
      and Crawford …..
      and Ariza…..
      and Nate the great…..
      Larry is a crazy white guy.

  2. addictedzone - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Of course, they could have (should have?) called the push off on Randolph at the start. It’s always the second guy that gets caught.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    And there’s no way this was a flagrant. He went for the ball. I bet the league rescinds this foul today.

  4. wfriedrichs - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Randolph is ultimate game tough guy. Fat boy wanted no part of Barnes.

    • progress2011 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Fried….

      You call a man 6’9, 260lbs and professional athlete “Fat boy” !!!

      He appears thicker on t.v. because he is playing against guys like Barnes who is 6’7″, 225lbs.

      If you were to ever have the luxury to visit an actual game and see these guys in person….you would see that all of them are EXTREMELY fit.

      Barnes looks like a tall slender tree. Randolph looks more normal because he has some mass.

      I remember Charles Oakley looked chubby in comparison to the other players on t.v. When I saw the guy in person, he looked like a friggin Adonis that could compete in a body building competition against Lee Haney ……..AND WIN !!!

      Moral of the story….ask your mom to buy you a ticket to an actual game….instead of judging by your black and white…19″ t.v.

    • dangernearing - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Yea, Im sure that was it. Dude, you are so smart. Smh

    • bonzmo67 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Man, you must be on something, don’t let barnes wanna-be tough act get you twisted, z-bo would knock that cat completely out, z-bo is a beast, barnes damn sure didn’t want none of that.

  5. saint1997 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I LOVE THAT

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