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Zach Randolph gives shirt off his back to young fan (VIDEO)

Dec 12, 2013, 10:56 AM EST

Zach Randolph has had his fair share of off-the-court issues over the years, but this is also a guy who gives back. He won the NBA’s Community Assist award for November for example: “As a part of the NBA’s Season of Giving, Randolph distributed 900 Thanksgiving food baskets at Booker T. Washington High School and Hamilton High School in Memphis.”

And at the Grizzlies game Wednesday, he gave the shirt off his back to a young boy who wanted it. It was a quiet, selfless gesture not meant for the cameras but just caught by them.

We tend to paint NBA players — and athletes and celebrities in general — with a two-dimensional brush. “He’s a thug” or “she’s such a nice person” when in reality they are all fully formed individuals with good sides and flaws, and we just get a glimpse of that now and again then form oversized opinions of them based on those snapshots.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Z-Bo, did you was that shirt, he was a good guy in NYC.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      wash

  2. crownmethegoat - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I didn’t see any other option, if he said no to an impaired child it would have looked egregious.

    • mikerome64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Damn if he do damn if he don’t huh? He didn’t have to go over there where he was.

  3. sellahh - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    900 food baskets? What about the other 100?

  4. azarkhan - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    A very nice gesture. Z-Bo seems like a good guy who finally found a home in Memphis with the Grizzlies.

  5. silkysmoke - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    When was the last time z had an off court issue? I don’t remember any since back in Portland. YOU media sheetheads are the ones who love to bring it up

    • mytthor - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      August 2011 in Memphis. A guy went to his house to sell weed (not necessarily to Zach) and ended up getting beaten with pool cues (but not by Zach himself).

      Seriously, all you have to do is google.

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