Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Zach Randolph Upset by Benching


Randolph was benched the final 31-plus minutes and appeared frustrated with Knicks coach Isiah Thomas when he was removed for good. Randolph was yanked 20 seconds after committing an offensive foul with 7:35 remaining in the first half.

"Any player would get upset because they want to play," Randolph said. "I want to play. I love playing. I want to be out there."

Not that the Knicks were doing much with Randolph in there, anyway. They trailed the final 45 1/2 minutes and lost for the ninth time in 10 games, falling to 0-2 on a four-game homestand that Thomas said before the game was important for his last-place team.

"I thought he and Eddy both were just having problems with the foot speed of Toronto tonight and it was just a tough game to match up particularly for those two," Thomas said. "I just tried to go with quicker people and try to get us back in the game."

New York has dropped five straight at home. The Knicks were booed frequently in the second half, with the "Fire Isiah!" chants heating up late in the third quarter.

Thomas’ offseason acquisition of Randolph has sometimes seemed confusing — including to Randolph — because he and Curry have rarely looked comfortable with the pairing. That wasn’t a problem Friday, because the only place they spent much time together was on the sideline. [Click here for more from Yahoo! Sports.]