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Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:24 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

After a dream season in 2010-2011, the Memphis Grizzlies are now living a nightmare.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that Grizzlies star forward Zach Randolph could miss up to two months after an MRI revealed a "slight" MCL tear in his right knee.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph will miss up to eight weeks after magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed that he suffered a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, sources with knowledge of the situation told The Commercial Appeal. The injury will not require surgery and doctors will re-evaluate Randolph in two weeks.
An 8-week absence would mean that Randolph is not available until after the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

Randolph, a multi-talented scorer and aggressive rebounder, is averaging 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in four appearances so far this season. For his career, Randolph averages 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Randolph's knee injury, which was originally called a bruise, occurred during a Sunday loss to the Chicago Bulls. Video is below.

Back in April, during Memphis' run to the Western Conference semifinals, the Grizzlies reportedly signed Randolph to a 4-year contract extension worth $71 million. 

Memphis recently lost forward Darrell Arthur to a season-ending injury as well, and reportedly have engaged in a 3-team trade to land Philadelphia 76ers big man Marreese Speights to help address their suddenly thin frontcourt.

Here's video of Zach Randolph's knee injury courtesy of YouTube user NBAUpdater12.


Comments

Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

He Hate Me from XFL




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:16 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

This is, indeed, sad for Memphis. This is a team that historically not had a high payroll and traded away their best players. Now they are clearly looking to capitalize on their year-end work last year and take it to the next step (particularly since Rudy Gay is back this year from injury last year). Zach has played well for Memphis since he got there, bringing himself some respect back after years of under-achieving.

But here we are entering into the first year of a new contract and Z-Bo (so named by the Portland fans partially in derision for his weed and strip club obsessions) was already behind the past two years in production with an offensive rating dropping from 115 (excellent) to 105 (average) and a defensive rating actually improving from 109/105 (below average) to 101 (pretty good). Further his offensive rebounding went from 14.2% (excellent) to 9.1% (average). Surely this season is too short to make judgments but we hope Zach is able to rehab (he has had micro-fracture surgery in the past on his knee) and regain his former prowess. There is good news, however. Unlike others who have lost jumping ability from knee injuries, Z-Bo has never been known to, you know, actually jump! He gets his points and rebounds from his wide body blocking out and a superb sense of timing and an array of fakes. Now he is down but not out for the season. In the meantime Memphis must steady the ship and find new go-to options.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

Could not happen to a nicer guy.


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Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:07 pm
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Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

This does suck.  Rudy and Marc are going to  have to step it up!!!  We can still make the playoffs though.  I wouldnt count them out just yet. 



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

In a compressed season, this is a huge loss for Memphis. Zach was their go to guy, and huge on the boards as well. With Darrell Arthur gone as well, their front line is seriously depleted. They've picked up Dante Cunningham and Marrese Speights to fill in, but together they can't give the scoring and rebounding Zach gave. Cunningham is a very good defensive player, though, with a decent mid-range jumpshot. As he gets acclimated to Memphis's system, he'll be a good addition. It will be left to Rudy Gay to primarily pick up the scoring slack created with Randolph's departure. Marc Gasol will also have to step up and pick up his scoring and rebounding numbers.

With the advent of other teams emrging in the west, Memphis will have a tough time nailing a playoff spot this season. The Clippers and possibly even Minnesota could be there with Houston and Phoenix possible contenders as well. This is a bad season for Memphis to take a step backwards, but I've always maintained that injuries are the biggest factor in changing the hopes of any team's season.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

wide reciever in jerry mcguire?



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Z-Bo What?!?!

I had no idea who "Z-Bo" was either. That one makes no sense to me. Dude needs a new nickname because the first initial, partial last name thing doesn't work for him. Z-Ran? I guess it makes more sense than Z-Bo. There's no B in the dude's name...

Heal up quick, dog.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

In a compressed season, this is a huge loss for Memphis. Zach was their go to guy, and huge on the boards as well. With Darrell Arthur gone as well, their front line is seriously depleted. They've picked up Dante Cunningham and Marrese Speights to fill in, but together they can't give the scoring and rebounding Zach gave. Cunningham is a very good defensive player, though, with a decent mid-range jumpshot. As he gets acclimated to Memphis's system, he'll be a good addition. It will be left to Rudy Gay to primarily pick up the scoring slack created with Randolph's departure. Marc Gasol will also have to step up and pick up his scoring and rebounding numbers.

With the advent of other teams emrging in the west, Memphis will have a tough time nailing a playoff spot this season. The Clippers and possibly even Minnesota could be there with Houston and Phoenix possible contenders as well. This is a bad season for Memphis to take a step backwards, but I've always maintained that injuries are the biggest factor in changing the hopes of any team's season.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with knee injury

Who the Hell is Rod Smart


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