Zach Randolph Grizzlies 12 décembre 2021

Zach Randolph’s jersey retirement in Memphis

Off-peak times oblige, TrashTalk has taken the habit each summer of making you relive with emotion the greatest moments of the past season. Even in 2021, moreover, despite a summer that had then put all of our vital forces in PLS, but that’s another story. So we go back to our good old formula, we take a few steps back, a few months, and we remember that this 2021-22 season was crazy, from the first day to the last. Today ? Back to the official advent of Zach Randolph as legend of the Grizzlies.

When we think of Zach Randolph, we can very quickly have as an image that of the Jail Blazers of Portland, a team in which the rite of passage was prohibited for those under 18. Memories of breaking news that talk about weed, gangs and/or guns , in short, Zach Randolph’s life is not like your neighbor’s. But regardless of all that because it’s not the topic of the day, Zach Randolph was especially in the 2000s an incredible basketball player, antithesis of the freak because rather tanked on two huge legsand having made his mischief, his power and his talent his best assets.

MIP in 2004 and two-time All-Star with the Grizzlies, 16/9 average and it’s probably a tribute to the size of his screens, television valve we hope you have it, and if it was in Portland that he revealed himself at the start of the millennium, it is in Tennessee that he left the best memory, that of a monster of intensity at the center of a movement that put down many attacks: the Grit and Grind. Rudy Gay invented the term, Tony Allen, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol sublimated it, but the anchor of this boat was well named Zach Randolph, never the last to distribute pies and shoulder shots in order to offer Memphis 85-79 type wins. Eight seasons with the Oursons, 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds average in more than 600 games, seven consecutive appearances in the Playoffs and even a hello in the 2013 conference finals against the Spurs, Spurs picked up in 2011 by this young team of guerrillas who will stick more than one for half a dozen years. A game emblem highlighting rigor and roughness, Zach Randolph therefore, very logically, saw his very ample n°50 rise to the ceiling of the boiling FedEx Forum on December 8, 2021, at the heart of a season which also marked the change of identity of the franchise since in Memphis now… the rules of procedure impose to be under 23 years old and a dry trigger of 4m50.

Eight seasons of throwing strands at arm’s length and stacking buckets four millimeters from the circle. A place as third best all-time scorer in the franchise and second best rebounder, but above all a body that the Memphis public will never forget. Especially not now that this number 50 sits at the top of the FedEx, a clever technique to demoralize the opponent, sometimes a little too zealous inside does not want to venture too close to the local circle.

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