Tuesday , May , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Zach Randolph on Kendrick Perkins: ‘He can’t stop me. He’s too slow’

Certainly not from Perkins. Informed what the Boston big man had said, the 6-9, 255-pound Randolph told FOXSports.com:

“Perk’s good, but all Perk can do is foul me. That’s the only thing he can do. The best thing about his defense on me is to foul me . . . He can’t (stop Randolph). He’s too slow. He’s a big body. He can foul. “I don’t think nobody in the league can stop me. Not only Perk. I tell Perk to his face. I already told him before.’’


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I love the Zach Randolph Renaissance.

Being from Vancouver, I had a front row seat for his self destruction as a member of the Portland Jail Blazers. There were strippers, shotguns, the infamous Hoop Posse, ATVs on farming property, run-ins with the law, and unfulfilled potential. 

I then covered his tenure with the New York Knicks for HoopsVibe. You remember it: Stephon Marbury preaching like a character from an Eddie Murphy flick that Z-Bo and Eddy Curry couldn’t be stopped.

Well, they got stopped. Like Murphy in ‘The Golden Child’, ‘Harlem Nights’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop 3‘, or even ‘Pluto Nash’

Randolph survived to do a stint out west with the Los Angeles Clippers. A dysfunctional power forward stuck in purgatory with the league’s most dysfunctional team.

Through Randolph’s ups-and-downs, his skill level remained high. Then he got dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies, matured off-the-court, and rededicated himself to his craft.

So he deserves credit. He’s been through a lot and come out the other side.

But should he really be confirming Kevin Durant’s assertions that he’s the best power forward in the NBA? Should he be publicly boasting that the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins can’t hold him?    

This may be true. Right now, Randolph is the NBA’s top four-man, and also one of the premier players in the world. That’s right. Forget positions. His game stacks up against the elite, the league’s crème de la crème.

Is it wise, though?

As a team, the Thunder can defend. Perkins has a championship ring and playoff experience. And if he didn’t have motivation to adjust to Randolph, he does now.

Perhaps it would have been wiser to say nothing at all. After all, to take the next step as a player, to truly evolve, Randolph’s Grizzlies have to win more than a round.

This should be his motivation –and nothing else.

–Oly Sandor.

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