Michigan State alum Zach Randolph has been a fan favorite in Memphis for years.
Now, fans won’t ever be able to forget his impact.
After eight years with the Grizzlies as one of the most durable and feared big men in the NBA, Memphis has announced they will retire Randolph’s number 50.
“Thank you for all the joy and magical moments too numerous to count,” Memphis general manager Chris Wallace and president Jason Wexler said in a joint statement. “Thank you for the energy and excitement you brought each and every night to FedExForum. Thank you for your leadership and service. Thank you for your larger than life impact and for keeping all Memphians warm. Thank you.”
#GritGrindForever pic.twitter.com/fHFb2ah4ee— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) July 6, 2017
The 35-year-old recently signed a two year contract with the Sacramento Kings, but it clearly appears he left Memphis on great terms. As a Grizzly, Randolph averaged double-digit points in all eight seasons and also averaged double-digit boards in five of those eight seasons.
In Randolph’s lone season as a Spartan in the 2000-01 campaign, he averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game en route to MSU’s third straight Final Four in 2001.