Grizzlies Randolph Out Up To 8 Weeks

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph could miss the next eight weeks of the season with a slightly torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The report confirms fears that the injury Randolph suffered Sunday in Chicago, when teammate O.J. Mayo inadvertently fell into his leg in a loss to the Bulls, was more serious than initially expected:

The injury will not require surgery and doctors will re-evaluate Randolph in two weeks.

Randolph was believed to only have a bruised MCL. He did not travel with the team for its road game tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He remained in Memphis and is wearing a knee brace.

… Last season, Randolph missed four games after suffering a deep tailbone bruise in the season-opener.

This is obviously a huge blow to a Grizzlies team built around the frontcourt tandem of Randolph and center Marc Gasol, the catalysts for the Grizzlies surprise run to the Western Conference semifinals last season.

The Grizzlies are already working on a contingency plan for the meantime, having agreed in principle to the terms of a three-team deal with the Hornets and 76ers that will bring 76ers center Marreese Speights to the Grizzlies, per Marc Stein of ESPN.com.  The deal, on course to be completed later Wednesday according to Stein, would also send Grizzlies swingman Xavier Henry to the Hornets and two second-round picks to Philadelphia.

11 Comments

  1. Pete Perry says:

    The Grizzlies could save there season if they trade O.J. Mayo to
    the Lakers or Spurs for a power forward like Josh McRoberts or
    Dejuan Blair or maybe Utah sending over Paul Millsap.Get well ZBO.

  2. robbay2 says:

    ZBo was the Grizzlies Go-to guy. He was definitely a top 20 player in this league, so thats a big hit. Rudy gay needs to step up and have some dominating games, or else this team will go no where. 2 months means a lot in this small schedule.

  3. West is weak now says:

    Spurs-Manu gone for a month and a half
    Grizzlies-Z-bo gone for two months
    Suns-Nash getting older with no help
    Lakers losing Odom & Phil
    Mavs losing tyson, odom not fitting in
    Warriors- under sized back court
    Rockets- no superstar on the team
    Jazz- no more Deron Williams
    OKC are the only hope

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    East is getting stronger

  4. Really says:

    Wow you guys are unbelievable. The man is seriously injured and all you people have to say are selfish remarks. Your fantasy team took a hit, “that’s what he gets”. What is wrong with you guys. You should never wish harm on another person niko, even if he beat your favorite team in the playoffs, and to the other two idiots, it’s fantasy sports guys who cares. You three need to grow up.

  5. Tedd says:

    Big blow. Lets see if Rudy Gay can handle the load.

    http://teddsaid.wordpress.com

  6. mmmm says:

    Really bad news, hope Z-Bo returns sooner than expected. Gotta love that Memphis team with Gay back, those three can make a serious impact this year, specially after the improving from Gasol & Randolph last season. Get well soon!

  7. Niko says:

    Thats what you get for being a cocky idiot against my Spurs.

  8. kjy7 says:

    MEDIAL collateral ligament, not medical !!!

  9. Rolando says:

    my fantasy team is screwed