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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm  |  64 responses

Zach Randolph on Kendrick Perkins: ‘He Can’t Stop Me. He’s Too Slow’

Z-Bo’s dramatic star turn in this year’s postseason has led to some highlights off the court as well, mainly in front of reporters’ microphones. Fox Sports has the latest bit of trash talk from the Grizzlies’ dominant power forward: “I take full accountability of this game,’ said the 6-foot-10, 280-pound [Kendrick] Perkins, who had a mere two points and six rebounds. ‘I feel like I let us down.’ The No. 4 Thunder got plenty of points from perimeter guys Kevin Durant (33) and Russell Westbrook (29). But the Thunder’s image of being soft inside, supposedly vanquished with Perkins’ arrival, returned. At least Perkins didn’t exhibit any nice-guy talk afterward by heaping praise on [Zach] Randolph. That was Durant’s job. ‘You can’t stop him,’ Durant said. ‘He’s an animal . . . He’s the best power forward in the league.’ Perkins didn’t rubber stamp that endorsement. Perkins declined to name his top power forward, but it’s not Randolph. ‘If he says so,’ Perkins said about Durant’s opinion. ‘I don’t agree . . . I’m not going to give my opposing opponent the credit that I got to go against. So if Kevin says (Randolph is) the best power forward, then that’s Kevin’s opinion.’ After being told in a news conference about Durant’s compliment, Randolph said, ‘Oh, yeah, I got to agree with that. Thanks, KD. I appreciate it.’ Randolph also said that, overall, ‘I don’t get lot of respect that I deserve.’ Certainly not from Perkins. Informed what the Boston big man had said, the 6-9, 255-pound Randolph [said]: ‘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.’”

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  • rich

    LMAO i think they should conider using ibaka more on him though because perkins is gonna give that jumper too easily

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Zach is the fuc*ing man. I love this.

  • paul

    Perk is talking the right way and Randolph helping, by giving him trash talk motivation. Does Randolph really think he is going to intimidate Perkins? I don’t think so. This article implies that the Thunder’s strengthened interior is a mirage. Sure. Keep believing that. Perkins knows that he needs to step up, and he will.
    As for Durant, Perk is right. He needs to shut up. You don’t go into a competition with that kind of attitude. WTF, Durant!!!!!! You have potentially a great power forward on your own team!!!! You need to take responsibility to help your team mates play better, not build up the opposition. Do you want to win championships, or be pals with your opponents? If you want to build up a power forward, build up Ibaka. Ibaka had 9 blocks in the final game against Denver. He’s no slouch. He has a lot of potential. There’s the guy you need to build up, Kevin.

  • Maurice Bobb

    Z to the muthaeffin’ Bo.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Does Perk really think he will intimidate Z-Bo? A lot of what Perk does, he gets away with due to reputation. Perk is not the only big strong guy in the L, he just leads the L in scowls. He also is near the top of the L in ego to talent ratio.

  • JL

    I assume perk is guarding him only off switches. Ibaka should be on Randolph and Perk on Gasol. Those matchups make much more sense. And Ibaka will shut him down.. or foul out trying!

  • http://aol.com Run”N’Gun219

    PAUL^ MISS ME WITH THAT BULL SH1T UP TALKING. IBAKA IS NOT A GREAT POWER FORWARD OR NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BECOMING ONE.Z-BO HAS BEEN DOING WORK IN THE LEAGUE FOR YEARS. ITS JUST THAT U SEASONAL NBA FANS ONLY PAY ATTENTION TO 10 PALYERS IN THE L. Z-BO WAS A BEAST IN PORTLAND WHILE BEATING UP TEAMMATES(Ruben Patterson) AND BLOWING HELLA TREES. HE WAS BALLING IN NEW YORK WITH A SH1TTY COACH AND TEAM(AND ABOUT TO BEAT UP NATE ROBINSON ON THE BENCH) AND BALLING IN MEMPHIS (WHILE MOVING POUNDS OF KUSH FROM A STORAGE LOCKER) SO SEE HE HAS BEEN BEASTING AND GOONING FOR A LONG TIME. LOL (DONT GET ME STARTED ON HIM IN HIGH SCHOOL WITHTHE STRAPS)

  • roman

    Perk is weak- 2pt. And they say he would of been the difference last year ship. Please- all dude does is mean mug. No game at all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Waw, Zach is faster than another player? lol

  • Feez22

    Perk could hardly guard nene… ZBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO is gonna own him as well. If the thunder put perk on grizz they will be in for a huge surprise… a 25-11 5 game series surprise.

  • Jer dawg

    Go Grizzlies. Take out the Thunder so the Lakers can beat that @$$ easily in Conference finals. Grizzlies gonna look shaken by then.

  • http://www.daveinboca.blogspot.com daveinboca

    Perk may have been traded because the Front Office in Beantown saw he’s in the same age cohort as the Spurs—downhill just after peaking. Z-Bo has a jumper from the elbow that can’t be stopped and HE FOLLOWS HIS SHOTS—really a rare bird in the NBA aviary.

  • @Deknowz

    When a man gives you 30+ in a playoff game in your home gym, you give him his props! lol

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Hey guys, is it just me or is Perkins OVERRATED! His trade to OKC was overblown and the best thing to come from it was now Ibaka gets to start. WHAT EXACTLY does perkins do well at? I admit, he’s a good 1on1 low post defender, but THAT’s IT!

    He doesn’t rebound well, he’s too slow to guard guys out of the low block, he doesn’t block many shots, AND HE NEEDS TO STOP ASKING FOR THE BALL INSIDE AND TRYING HIS GAY LIL POST MOVES AND SCOWLING WHEN HE GETS CALLED FOR TRAVELING!

  • Heals

    Love ya Perk, but the world can’t get enough Z-bo right now…

  • http://nba.com gp23

    Z-bo is already the MVP of this postseason.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lotta of random Zbo-d*ckriding going on these days…

  • burnt_chicken

    I like it when Z-Bo calls guys slow. I hope he follows this up by also revealing that he “skies” over Perk whenever the mood strikes him, and can eat a “gazillon” more babies than Perk would ever dare to. Even without sauce.

  • robb

    Z-Bo’s been awesome but Kendrick is no wimp, I expect him to fight back hard. This is fun.

  • http://www.okiboy.net Okitech623

    Dangit Z-Bo! You shushed the crowd at what you thought was the end of Game 5 only to go on and lose. Now you’re talking smack to a mean dude you’ve potentially got to play 6 more times. Shut up dude. You’re play is doing more than enough talking for itself.

    Go Grizz!

  • FLUXLAND

    Informed what the Boston big man had said, the 6-9, 255-pound Randolph [said]: ‘Perk’s good,….

    Boston? : )

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Zach can’t handle success. lol

  • HAMMER

    “You can’t see me! Punk”!

  • HAMMER

    Ain’t that the truth Allenp. Like the world just discovered him, when in fact, he’s been here the whole time. Zach is doin what he has always done. Just so happens he’s finally doin it on a big stage

  • T-Money

    allen: how is it random when he’s (unexpectedly) been the best player in the postseason so far? memphis is fun to watch and he’s beasting, there’s no other way to put it.

  • HAMMER

    Run”N”Gun 219 tellin it like it is @ 1:24

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    i love z-bp but he’s gotta chill…don’t give perk the fuel lol

  • T-Money

    hammer: doing what he’s always done on the big stage changes everything. that’s pretty much universal. nobody cares about kevin martin going for 30 every night. if kevin martin busts 30 every night in the 2nd round, he’ll be a national story.

  • AD

    lmao this is too funny….. but hey , he ******* on em …. Hope he continues too do it tho……

  • HAMMER

    @T-Money. Nobody cared bout Kevin Martin? U sure bout that? As I recall numerous people were hailing him while he was puttin up #’s in Sac-Town, in the regular season. And now? Nuthin. Zach on the other hand has produced since his days here in Portland. His maturity wasn’t there. I’ll admit that much. And mayb that is the reason why people r enamored w/him now. Now every one is like “Z-Bo!” this and “Z-Bo”! that. My question is where were ya’ll in the beggining?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    BlackPhantom Posted: May.1 at 8:26 pm
    Zach Randolph’s game kinda reminds me of Sir Charles’; he’s just not as tenacious……..Apparently he talks trash about opponents like Barkley did too, but not as fiercely.

  • Maurice Bobb
  • T-Money

    hammer: they’re enamored with him now because he’s winning games deep in the playoffs. it’s really not that deep: fans like winners. only the hardcore fans cared about z-bo before because he was balling on some sorry teams. nobody cared about pau before he went to LA either because memphis wasn’t bringing it like that.

  • bull22

    too many of these players talk trash before a playoff series is even over… if durant and westbrook got into it in the last series, and now durant is showering love on randolph and perkins does not agree with the “best power forward” schtick, its beginning to sound like a thunder team that is not getting past the second round… get it together thunder…

  • mj23

    perk grea inside defender sure but he canot guard on the out side ach will kill him with his jumper driver

  • HAMMER

    Yes he is winning games. But he has talent around him as well. Its not just Zach who’s carrying that team. Mark Gasol is doin his thing too. Conley, Battier and Mayo. If Zach had this kind of talent around him n Portland they would b would have won sum games n the playoffs too. Besides, Pau was an All-Star n Memphis. Zach has yet 2 b one

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Hammer: I still like Kevin Martin.. He’s actually been one of my favorite players in the league since he came to Houston. To be honest I didn’t watch much of him in his Sacto days though, lol.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    And yeah, co-sign on Zach. The guy has been a 20-10 machine for the majority of his career. Can you believe that the Knicks traded Zach for Tim Thomas?! wtf?! And the Clippers let him go for nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I actually forgot Zach played for the Knicks…..smh

  • Roc

    Hell yeah! Zach is a superstar, and can even flow on the mic. Enough of the BS “PC” interviews from NBA players! Let’s put a stop to it! They are as boring as watching a soccer game, and we’re all sick of it. We want to hear the same type of trash talk that the players dish out on the floor. I love Zach’s game and I’m so proud of his emergence as the best PF in the leauge. Zach is real, and from the heart, even when he steps up the mic, unlike Wade, LeBron, and all the other PC mic workers in the NBA. Why don’t they say the same things they say on the court, and talk about how they really feel? They are frontin’ – Z-Bo is for real

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    Z-B0!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    It’s random because Zbo is doing the same thing he’s always done, except he passes now.
    That’s it. That’s the only change in his game. This is the same cat Duncan and K.G. both called the toughest cover in the league years ago. Same dude.
    It bothers me because for years dude was a pariah. And it bothers me because when Isiah Thomas saw the potential in Crawford and Zbo, he was called a fool.
    Ain’t nothing changed, people just started paying attention and ZBo started passing.

  • HAMMER

    Thanx Teddy. U know what im talking bout. Zach’s doin what he’s always done

  • T-Money

    allen: you’re glossing over my main point. he’s not getting love because he’s passing more at all. he’s getting love because he is the main reason memphis beat the #1 seed and took the first game vs OKC. dude is balling in the second round, which changes everything. fans root for winners. if you’re winning you’re finesse, if you’re losing you’re soft. if you’re winning you are fearless, if you’re losing you’re a ball hog.

  • T-Money

    yanno, pau is doing in LA what he has always done in memphis too. ain’t ish changed, numbers are the exact same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @T-Money Pau’s averaging more rebounds in LA

  • http://kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    Z-Bo got the Z-Business! Clutch stats don’t lie. http://kobebeefnba.com/2011/05/01/z-bo-knows/

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I don’t disagree T-Money.
    I should have written “A lot of fairweather Zbo d*ckriders.” The problem was the word random.

  • littlemaster

    why does the article refer to perk as ‘the Boston big man’? hehehe!

  • Raseven

    Z-Bo has always been a beast,and why the hell should he be scared of motivating Perkins?he dominated Duncan and Mcdyess and Perkins is wack and overrated

  • ai come back

    haha ur right ^

  • MikeC.

    To whoever said that Z-Bo was never an All-Star: http://www.nba.com/allstar2010/players/zach_randolph.html

  • MikeC.

    Zach has grown up quite a bit since his early days. Maybe being given away by the Clippers shocked him a bit. Now he swings the ball out of double-teams, and he seems to have dropped the pissy attitude. He grew as a player and as a person. Imagine that.

  • jakedouglasroberts

    @ HAMMER…

    Zach was an All-Star Reserve with the Grizz last year, bro.

  • monkeyball

    Randolph is a ball hog. Yes, he’s good down low, but he’s taking, and making, some mighty tough shots. It won’t last. Even if they get by OKC, this is the highlight of Z-Bo’s carrier.

  • Heals

    Funny how heads on here act like they were the only ones who knew Zach could ball, then blast folks with different POV’s…

  • http://www.slamonline.com unf*ckwitable

    Good on Z Bo, I hope he keeps ballin.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow, monkeyball with the age-old, tired criticism of Zach Randolph we’ve heard since he first came into the league. Give it a rest, please. He takes high percentage shots around the hoop and has a sweet J right now. Let him play the rest of the round before laying it on him…

  • Ronald

    Did Z-Bo just break the record of the quickest to go from being underrated to overrated?

  • Towelie

    Imagine how much better the Grizzlies would be after they get Gay back…scary…

  • Bluntz&40z

    Lol @ run n gun I blow hella trees but not in portland

  • EtheKnickfan

    Dare I say it…….Atlanta v Memphis for NBA Chip? Naaahhh I bet Dave Stern would come out in sunlight to prevent that

  • wssss

    why is his nickname Z Bo? i mean z for zack wth is the bo?

  • monkeyball

    In the NCAA or the NFL Atlanta vs. Memphis might happen. In the NBA the best team usually wins. I’m sorry, but there is no way in the universe a team can win an NBA championship with Randolph or Joe Johnson as their best players.
    Z-Bo and Josh Smith, especially, are skilled but not particularly smart players. They get hot but it fizzles. I’d like to have Randolph instead of Boozer on the Bulls. He’s perfect as the low-post second option.

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