Today, the Memphis Grizzlies officially announced that Zach Randolph’s jersey will hang from the rafters in the FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies wrote an open letter to Randolph, expressing their appreciation for his years of service. Z-Bo left everything out on the floor every single night, and the organization felt that he deserved to go down in Grizzlies’ history.
Randolph ended his time in Memphis by signing a two-year, $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings. The Grizzlies just couldn’t afford to pay that for an aging veteran, but they do appreciate everything he did for them.
“Thank you for all the joy and magical moments too numerous to count, thank you for the energy and excitement you brought each and every night to FedEx Forum. Thank you for your leadership and service. Thank you for your larger than life impact and for keeping all Memphians warm. Thank you.”
Even in his age 35 season, Randolph averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in only 24.5 minutes per game. His career averages are obviously higher, but he’s still productive at 36 years old. While he was in Memphis, he played with grit and determination — this style perfectly fit the blue-collar city. The fans adored him. In fact, this past week, many people from the town honored Z-Bo by making donations in his name to pay the utility bills of underprivileged families.
The open letter addressed his community service as well:
“He is a proud civic leader and an extraordinary hands-on community benefactor. It is no coincidence that our collective dedication to service in our communities and our pride in Memphis surged during his time here.”
Z-Bo will be missed.