Zach Randolph suspended for punch on Steven Adams (Video)

Zach Randolph Steven AdamsZach Randolph has been suspended for Game 7 of the Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game Saturday for his “punch” on Thunder center Steven Adams during Game 6 on Thursday.

The NBA ruled that Z-Bo punched Adams as the two were running up the court with 6:43 left in Game 6 and the Thunder up 88-71. Randolph and Adams were fighting for position on a rebound and Randolph gave Adams a shove in the back. Adams nudged Randolph as they were running up the court, and Z-Bo responded by getting even more physical.

Z-Bo only received a foul on the play. I felt a technical foul was warranted for Randolph’s excessive contact, but a suspension is completely excessive.

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That wasn’t even a punch — it was a push with his fist. By suspending Z-Bo, you’re taking away one of Memphis’ best players for the deciding game of the series. Terrible decision by the league.

Oh, and there’s this:

Z-Bo said something to the officials before that happened.

Video via Beyond the Buzzer

Zach Randolph gives young fan the shirt off his back (Video)

Zach-Randolph-gives-young-fan-shirtBy all indications, Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is one of the NBA’s good guys. Sure, he has gotten into his fair share of physical altercations on the court and been accused of throwing a cheap shot every now and then, but Randolph was also recognized with the Kia Assist award for his work in the community during the month of November. On Wednesday night, he gave a young fan the shirt off his back.

Randolph walked over to give a young boy who was wearing a Grizzlies headband a high-five when the fan appeared to ask him for his shirt. Without hesitation, Randolph took the shirt off and gave it to the boy.

It may not look like a big deal, but plenty of guys would have walked away. Not only that, but plenty of others wouldn’t have gone over to the fan in the first place. Moments like that are what being a professional athlete should be all about.

Joey Crawford ejects Chris Paul, Zach Randolph at end of game

Joey Crawford wasn’t content letting the final minutes of Game 6 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers play out. Oh no. The veteran NBA referee decided he had to make himself a central story.

Crawford decided to eject Chris Paul with 2:29 left in the game. Tayshaun Prince was at the line and made his second of two free throws to put the Grizzlies up 113-99. After the second free throw, Paul and Matt Barnes sandwiched Marc Gasol who was in the lane. Paul ran up and rammed into Gasol with his elbow first. It was a physical play, but it didn’t seem to deserve an ejection. Either way, Crawford gave Paul a technical and tossed him.

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“I don’t understand how you can throw Chris out of the game,” coach Vinny Del Negro said after the game. “Unless it’s something incredibly flagrant — which it wasn’t.”

Paul said his team had a small lineup on the floor and that he was going down to help box out Gasol.

After his ejection, CP3 gave a hug to Prince, Zach Randolph, and Jerryd Bayless before leaving the court.

Then with 1:57 left in the game, Crawford tossed Randolph. Mike Conley was at the line and getting ready for his second of two free throws when Crawford ejected Z-Bo. No real reason was given for the ejection.

The Grizzlies went on to win the game 118-105, but Crawford’s officiating was suspect. Chris Paul’s brother, CJ Paul, accused Crawford of having a role in fixing the end of the game:

With such a quick trigger, is there any surprise some Spurs players pretended to shoot a fake Crawford on Halloween? He really had no business ejecting those players, but that’s Joey Crawford.

In all, there were seven technical fouls called, two ejections, and the Grizzlies shot 47 free throws compared to 24 for the Clippers.

Zach Randolph chokes Blake Griffin during wrestling match (Video)

Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin got into it during the third quarter of Game 6 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Prior to the two get into a wrestling match, Griffin was called for a foul for pushing Randolph in the back. After played resumed, the two were fighting for position in the low block like usual when they got tangled up following a Mike Conley 3-pointer to make it 74-59 Memphis.

Griffin appeared to lock up Randolph and take him to the ground. Z-Bo then went for rear mount on Griffin and began pinning him to the ground with his left arm. He then moved his left hand to Griffin’s throat and briefly choked the Clippers forward:

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Zach Randolph, Kendrick Perkins reportedly in postgame altercation near locker rooms

Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins reportedly were involved in a postgame altercation on Wednesday night, though police deny that an incident took place.

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman tweeted about the postgame altercation following the Memphis Grizzlies’ 107-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“After getting ejected in the 4th quarter, Kendrick Perkins & Zach Randolph had an altercation near the locker rooms. Police investigating,” Mayberry tweeted.

“Police captain saying an altercation did not take place and there is no investigation underway,” he later reported.

Sounds like the police were trying to cover up whatever did take place, because Mayberry insisted something happened.

A different Oklahoman reporter added more details.

Below is a video of Perkins and Randolph being ejected late in the fourth quarter after trading words:

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Zach Randolph takes down Blake Griffin on dirty play (Video)

The beef between Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin that was evident during the playoffs last season carried over into the 2012-2013 season.

Randolph and Griffin tussled several times while going for rebounds during the season-opening game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. In the play seen above, Randolph just took down Griffin during the fourth quarter and then tried to make it seem like he was innocent. As you can see in the video, he was the perpetrator and just about tackled the Clippers forward.

The two tangled on the previous play and received double-technical fouls, setting the stage for that takedown from Z-bo. As bad as the play seen above was, it might not even be the dirtiest act Randolph has committed with Griffin.

Take a look at these two plays from their playoff series last season. This was from Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series last season:

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Zach Randolph the NBA’s Nate Newton?

Between his DUI last year, underage drinking, marijuana possession, and multiple other issues when he was in high school, nobody ever accused Zach Randolph of being an altar boy. Until now, nobody ever accused him of being a freaking drug kingpin in Indiana, either. As RTV6 explains via Black Sports Online, there’s a lot of mounting evidence against Zebo who’s reportedly being investigated for being a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis:

Narcotics officers were staking out a suspected drug house on Indianapolis’ north side two weeks ago when they pulled over Arthur Boyd, 32, soon after he left the residence, near 75th Street and Binford Avenue, police said.

According to the affidavit, the Cadillac Escalade that Boyd was driving was registered to Randolph, and police found marijuana and ammunition stowed inside.

“One of his vehicles had what we call hidden compartments that contained suspected narcotics, that being marijuana,” said Lt. Jeff Duhamell.

Based on information found in the Escalade, police later raided a northeast side storage facility, where they said Randolph rents four lockers.

Two of those four lockers were found to have some drugs in it, of course. This all sounds pretty shady to me and I wonder how things went so long before Randolph got implicated. And if you don’t think it’s possible for Randolph to have been running this weed ring, just recall the case of Michael Vick who was running a dog fighting ring while playing in the NFL. I can’t believe the Grizzlies actually plan to support this guy. What are they going to say, Zach didn’t know anything about it? Please. If Gilbert Arenas got a year-long suspension for his golden gun, Zebo could be facing a multi-year ban.

NBA Player Implicated In Indy Drug Investigation [RTV6 Indianapolis]
Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph Implicated in Major Drug Investigation [Black Sports Online]