A couple of years ago, I wrote The Zach Randolph Gospel on ETSF, a work that was long overdue. I've always been a fan of Z-Bo, but I'll admit that as much as I love the man's game, I do take it for granted. It's not an excuse or some sort of rationale to try to get off the hook. Simply, it's the truth. However, leave it to Z-Bo to remind not just me, but the entire basketball-watching world, why he is what that is.
During the first two games of the first round series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Z-Bo was just out there. He wasn't bad or anything, but he wasn't that effective either. It also didn't help that he was racking up fouls at an absurd rate, especially for someone who I consider to be a superstar (that's right, I said it. Z-Bo is a superstar; an unappreciated superstar, but a superstar nonetheless).
Well, since then, Z-Bo has picked up the pace, and while he's still battling foul trouble, he's being the man people laud and helping the Grizzlies to a 3-2 lead over the Clippers, effectively stealing home-court advantage in the process with last night's win. Watching Z-Bo abuse the super-athletic front-court of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan has driven Ed to the point where he is thinking about doing The Unthinkable: calling out Blake, one of his favorite players, but the reason that is the case is because he's getting outplayed, outworked and outclassed by Marc Gasol and Z-Bo, two players who have as much athletic ability as a notebook.
In the past three games, Z-Bo is averaging 25/10, effectively dominating in the post and on the wing. Jordan, Blake, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins and whoever else Vinny Del Negro has thrown out there can't do anything with Z-Bo, and it's because Z-Bo is a real man with a real man's game that is basically foreign in today's NBA landscape.
Last night was the first work night in weeks that I wasn't in the bed before 10 P.M., and the biggest reason is because I wanted to see how Z-Bo would respond to the series being tied. The man is leading the charge of the team that is already a tough out as it is, and it's safe to say that if they advance, the Oklahoma City Thunder are gonna have their hands full dealing with this basketball team, especially with Russell Westbrook out. Anyone who suggests otherwise is a damned fool.
Trust, if the Grizz advance, at the forefront will be a perennial All-Star, a throwback basketball player, someone who basketball fans truly admire and, simply put, a grown-ass man in Zach Randolph.
Gave the shirt off his back to a special needs Child during a Thunder game. Great person
Someone told me awhile back watching Z-Bo in the post was somewhat like watching Moses Malone. Neither could jump out the gym, but both can give you 25/10 and barely break a sweat while doing it. And beat the hell out of whoever was guarding them.
It's magical stuff to watch, really.
It needs to be said dude wasn't saying "ZBO is the next Moses," but their styles of play are similar.
The fact they did get swapped around a lot early in their respective careers is interesting though.
The thing about Randolph - and Gasol - is that they actually know how to play the game in the post, which is so rare today in the NBA. Both are supremely talented even if they aren't supremely athletic, but it's the smarts they have that make them so dominant. Randolph just knows how to use his body, how to move people, how to get his and do it unselfishly. Same thing goes with his running mate.
Watching Z-Bo really is a joy for fans who like to see the old-school post game. Excellent read.
Z Bo is the man, he can face up, post up, handle the rock and control the boards. He is also called Z Bo, he's the only cat who can pat cats on the head after a hard foul in not much come out of it because the world knows Z Bo can put hands on most. IMO the Best PF in the league.
Good post G good post
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