Sacramento Kings power forward Zach Randolph was arrested in Los Angeles late Wednesday night and charged with felony drug possession with the intent to sell.
CBS2 reports that police confronted a large group of people gathering at the Nickerson Garden Housing Project at roughly 10:00 p.m. and things rapidly got out of control.
After responding, a mob formed and the officers quickly found themselves under assault. Up to five police cruisers were damaged, while officers were forced to dodge objects being thrown at them, prompting a call for backup.
When the smoke cleared, Randolph and another man, Stanley Walton, were taken into custody. Walton was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Additionally, police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics.
Randolph was booked into Los Angeles County Jail just prior to 4:30 a.m. and held on $20,000 bail.
Raymond Brothers, who serves as Randolph’s attorney and agent, told ESPN the charges are false and misleading. He added that they’re currently looking into options to resolve the matter.
Randolph, who signed a two-year $24 million deal with the Kings this offseason, has a long history of legal issues and was suspended two games by the NBA in 2009 following an arrest for suspicion of drunken driving.
According to online records, Randolph is due in court on August 31.
Hill spent last season with the Utah Jazz. The team acquired Ricky Rubio in a trade upon learning it was unlikely for them to re-sign Hill. He is a career 45.3 percent shooter and has averaged nearly 12 points per game, 3.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game — though those numbers have been higher in recent seasons as he’s started and played more minutes.
Randolph is turning 36 but is still a productive frontcourt player. He averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season for the Grizzlies. He had been with Memphis since 2009.
In this year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant — three all-timers who have claimed seven of the last nine MVP awards — operated at the height of their powers. But it was an under-the-radar Warriors forward who finished with by far the best plus-minus of any player in the series: Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala finished the series +60, 20 points better than the next-most impactful player (Draymond Green was +40). And the 33-year-old Iguodala saved his best performance for last, playing 38 minutes, scoring 20 points, notching a +18, knocking down two vital threes, and playing excellent defense on James in the decisive Game 5.
Iguodala played so well that the Warriors were able to employ small-ball for most of the game, as JaVale McGee didn’t see the court and Zaza Pachulia played only 10 minutes.
Golden State acquired Iguodala in the 2013 offseason in a sign-and-trade deal involving the Nuggets and Jazz. The next year, the Dubs signed Shaun Livingston. And in the 2016 offseason, they inked three veteran big men (McGee, Pachulia, and David West) to bargain-basement deals. The three combined to make $5.7 million — nearly $2 million less than Channing Frye.
Role players don’t draw much attention when they sign with a new squad, but these players often prove to be difference-makers — even on the most talented teams.
Here are 10 under-the-radar free agents to keep an eye on this offseason.
10. Ersan Ilyasova
Ilyasova is a 10-year veteran who has bounced around after spending his first seven NBA campaigns with Milwaukee. He’s suited up for five teams in the past two years, but he’s still a valuable piece. Most recently he was dealt from the Sixers to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a second-round pick and potential pick-swap.
This season he averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game for Atlanta. It wasn’t his best year, but he did notch 31 points in a January game, and throughout his career he’s consistently put up double-digit points and provided a punch on the offensive end.
The Turkish big man, a second-round pick in 2005, presents potential suitors with an interesting skill set. He can stretch the floor; he’s a career 35 percent three-point shooter. He’s a good pick-and-pop guy and he runs the floor.
Ilyasova, 6-foot-10 and 30 years old, lacks lateral athleticism, so he struggles to keep up with guards on switches, but he plays hard on defense and is a good rebounder. He could be a key bench guy for a contender.
Zach Randolph’s days as a starting power forward in the Association appear to be in the rearview mirror.
According to a report by Alexis Morgan of the team’s official site, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has informed Randolph that he will be coming off the bench during the 2016-17 season. JaMychal Green will be starting in place of Randolph, who was said to be very receptive to the news.
Coach Fizdale says he spoke to Zach Randolph and told him he would come off the bench this year. Says Z-Bo took the news very well.
The two-time All-Star Randolph, who posted averages of 15.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2015-16, has been highly regarded throughout his 15-year career as one of the NBA’s top blue-collar post-up brutes. But capitulation to small-ball has become a necessary evil in a league where starting two back-to-the-basket behemoths next to each other is no longer a feasible option. It’s especially so with a player like Randolph who requires a high usage rate, is too lead-footed to defend guards on pick-and-roll switches, and doesn’t really make plays or protect the basket.
As a better floor-stretcher and ball-mover, Green will make for a strong fit alongside Marc Gasol this coming season, while the newly-signed Chandler Parsons is also a solid alternative as an undersized 4. Meanwhile, the now-35-year-old Randolph could still thrive now that he has complete freedom to munch on weaker opposing second units, which should help keep his quote game in mint condition.
Zach Randolph’s role on the Memphis Grizzlies may have diminished slightly this season due to age and the modern NBA’s unwavering commitment to the small-ball revolution through hell and high water. But his quote game is still in top form.
Ahead of Memphis’ game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday, the 34-year-old Randolph dropped the following gem about teammate Mike Conley, an impending unrestricted free agent in Summer 2016 (per Ian Begley of ESPN).
Zach Randolph jokes with the NY media at Memphis shootaround: "Mike Conley's not coming here, man."
While Conley has been with the Grizzlies for his entire career, their championship window appears to have suddenly and emphatically slammed shut. Thanks to the collective bargaining agreement, teams will always have a built-in advantage in retaining their own free agents courtesy of the ability to offer the most favorable contract. But perhaps Z-Bo shouldn’t underestimate the bright lights of New York City and a Knicks franchise slowly trending upward again as a legitimate competitor for Conley’s talents this summer.
Zach 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.
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 taking issue with Adams, telling ref "You better get him!"
By 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 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.
“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:
Joey Crawford should be held accountable for how this game turned out. The fix was on.
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: