An excellent low-post scorer, Zach Randolph's quickness often catches defenders off guard. So it is not surprising to hear that his trash talk also surprises his opponents.
But Randolph doesn't talk smack about an opponent's game, instead he brings up relatable topics of discussion.
Like the weather.
From The Oregonian's John Canzano interview with LaMarcus Aldridge and Randolph:
Also, Aldridge said Randolph wages verbal warfare during the game, whispering and chatting casually during the action in an attempt to lull his opponent.
"He's really good at getting you talking and saying things like, "I was in Portland this summer and it was nice,' and then you let up and think, 'Yeah, it was nice,' and then he just drives past you and gets a basket."
Randolph cackled when he heard that.
"Ha! He's right. Soften 'em up some. Get 'em talking."
This is just next level trash talking by Randolph. It comes across as so innocent and charming but then in an instant, he takes advantage.
Aldridge actually did a good job defending Randolph in Game 1. Randolph managed to score 16 points on 6-19 shooting from the field, but his overall play helped the Grizzlies blow out the Blazers to take a 1-0 series lead.
Randolph does have deep thoughts on a lot of interesting subjects and while he may not have the answers to all of his thoughts, it sounds like he has the answer to how he can best talk trash.