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:
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.
Alternate title to the post: frustrations of surrendering 81 points in the first half are manifested through Zach Randolph’s fist. Yes, the Clippers got destroyed on Tuesday night by the new-look Suns who shot 62% from the field in their first game without the recently fired Terry Porter. The ejection for Randolph actually came in the 1st quarter when he threw a left hook at that Phoenix Mercury player who wears his hair in a bun, aka Louis Amundson. Just taking one look at Amundson is enough reason to deck him, so I totally understand Randolph’s position here. I’m guessing the league won’t.
I didn’t even have to see it to realize how severe the punch was; I was listening to the game in my car and Clippers’ radio announcer Brian Sieman was all over the thing, quick to proclaim that Randolph would for sure be out of the lineup their next game after that act. I have no doubt that will be the case.