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Old 05-27-2010, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default OT: Zach Randolph (NBA) implicated as drug "kingpin"

http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/05/27/z...-in-drug-bust/

It was too perfect, was it not?

The locker room cancer, the perennial headcase, the 20/10 disaster, finding redemption in a small-market team that was the only one willing to take him on its roster. Heartwarming, genuine, and a ray of hope in a place often referred to as Basketball Hell.

Zach Randolph shook off his reputation and put in one of the best seasons of his career, earning an All-Star berth and leading the Grizzlies, if not to playoff contention, then at least to respectability. Things looked like they had turned around for him. And that may all be down the drain.

Randolph has been named in a probable cause affidavit as "a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis," according to Indianapolis' local ABC affiliate, News 6.

The evidence in question is serious. A person employed by Randolph was found with a car with hidden compartments containing weapons and marijuana. Storage facilities were raided. Drugs. Guns. The word "kingpin" is being floated around, even jokingly, that's not funny.

This is not a situation like Gilbert Arenas, wrought of carelessness and foolish impulse compounded by a poor attitude. If these elements are in fact revealed to be tied to Randolph, it could very well put him in prison for a long time, to say nothing of the effect on his team.

The Grizzlies plan to release a statement Thursday in support of Randolph. Randolph, alongside Marc Gasol, helped keep the Grizzlies in playoff contention for much of the season until late injuries and a tough schedule knocked them back below .500. Randolph was consistently praised for his attitude in particular, and how he had managed to stay out of trouble. Maturity was a big word for Randolph in Memphis.

And now all of that may be washed away if the report is true. Even if Randolph was not directly involved, his assets were used for illegal activities and the odds of him actually being oblivious to those activities as his lawyer is contending are very low.

Memphis looked like it had found an unconventional approach back to NBA competitiveness. Randolph's off-court issues may sink it back into the quagmire. And that's the least of the Grizzlies' worries. The implications of this development are severe, in the strictest way possible. No finger guns or anything.

It's not that we didn't see this coming. It's that we convinced ourselves it was gone from the horizon.

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Old 05-27-2010, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:07 AM   #3
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What a dumbass!

His NBA salary wasn't enough?
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:13 AM   #4
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:51 AM   #5
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Idiot doesn't even scratch the surface of how stupid he is
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:59 AM   #6
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:40 AM   #7
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What a dumbass!

His NBA salary wasn't enough?
Come on dude...he got a family to feed
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:55 AM   #8
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What a dumbass!

His NBA salary wasn't enough?


hey,we make alot but we also spend alot.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:14 AM   #9
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As one of 3 Grizzlies fans in the world, this is just heartbreaking. The man single handedly improved out record by 15 wins. What a complete idiot
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:06 AM   #10
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Typical, I think it's hilarious
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:14 AM   #11
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everyone hated that guy when he was in Portland. Guarantee everyone in Oregon is getting a good laugh at this one.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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Wow that is pretty stupid, wtg.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:57 AM   #13
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everyone hated that guy when he was in Portland. Guarantee everyone in Oregon is getting a good laugh at this one.
You bet we are. Our front office knew of his issues(they hired a private investigator even) and despite the fact he is a 20/10 player which is rare, he isn't worth the headache. He had many run ins here in portland and we were glad to ship him off to the Knicks. Glad he's gone, and for once we are laughing at the other teams problems while we have players like Roy, Miller, Aldridge, and Camby keeping their noses clean.
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:40 PM   #14
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Vick tried the whole I didn't know they were using my house, cars and assets for this BS and that didn't work out either.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:02 PM   #15
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Incredibly stupid to sacrifice a well paid career for something that will get you busted every time. But what I find even more incredible is that the story is about a Drug Kingpin (it's friggin maijuana) but the guns are an after thought. I find that to be the really bad part of this story and this dude.
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Being Scarface is more exciting than living your ORDINARY lives. Good for Randolph.
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