Tweet of the Night: Robert Pera explains what may have gotten Zach Randolph going against David Lee

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zach randolphWhenever Zach Randolph goes up against his former backup in David Lee (they played together in New York), his eyes tend to light up. The power forward plants himself on the right side, bullies his way to the basket and has his way against the smaller Lee almost every time the two are matched up against each other.

Randolph has compiled a career average of 20.8 points and 11.3 rebounds whenever facing Lee, with an overall record of 12-2. The two losses came prior to his days with the Memphis Grizzlies. Yes, this means he has yet to lose against the Golden State Warriors since donning a Grizzlies jersey, and he is one of the biggest reasons for this feat.

So it came as a surprise when Randolph had a very quiet night on Wednesday against the Warriors, going three-of-seven from the field for six measly points. At the end of the night, though, he continued to see single coverage and eventually went to work on the trimmed-down Lee once again, posting 15 second-half points and 12 rebounds. 

Tweet of the Night: Robert Pera says he would dominate Cuban one-on-one, wants Jordan instead

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Robert PeraThe man you see in action above is none other than Robert Pera, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. At age 35, he is currently the youngest owner of an NBA team and has clearly kept himself in great shape. In fact, he felt so good back in September that he actually challenged Tony Allen – one of the best defensive guards in the league – to a game of one-on-one and promised to donate $100,000 to a charity that Allen is dedicated to if he lost the contest. The result would be all too predictable, but it would be fun nonetheless. 

Five Things To Watch: Memphis Grizzlies

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zach randolphThe more things change, the more they stay the same.

Everyone is familiar with that old cliché. It’s one the Grizzlies understand well after the 2012-13 season. Over the past year, there has been a complete changing of the guard in the Bluff City. An ownership swap was the first domino to fall when Michael Heisley officially completed the sale of the team to tech mogul Robert Pera right before the regular season began.

From there, the rest of the hierarchy was dismantled systematically. John Hollinger was hired away from ESPN to become vice president of basketball operations. The first roster change under the new ownership came when Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round pick were traded to Cleveland for Jon Leuer. Hardly a week later, Rudy Gay, the face of the franchise, was shipped north of the border midway through the season.

Despite a multitude of momentous changes, the Grizzlies continued to obliterate opponents with nasty defense and grind-it-out offense just like in years past. With that said, the Grizzlies didn’t simply stay on track. They ascended into the NBA’s elite. The team finished with its best record in franchise history and played better than ever, post-Rudy. In the playoffs, the Grizz made an impressive run to the Western Conference finals before being picked apart by the San Antonio Spurs.

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How The Memphis Grizzlies Improved After Trading Rudy Gay

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MEM_Gay_RudyTrading a star core player from a contending team is not usually a popular move with a team’s fan base, but we’ve seen two such moves this season improve a pair of Western Conference contenders.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have actually benefited from dealing James Harden to Houston, and the Memphis Grizzlies are 16-6 since trading forward Rudy Gay to Toronto in a three-team, six-player deal on Jan. 30, the latest victory coming on Marc Gasol’s tip-in at the end of overtime for a victory Wednesday night over Oklahoma City.

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SH Blog: Bogut rips teammates for “horse bleep” defense, KG has cryptic message about his future

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The Golden State Warriors are generally recognized as a very nice, non-confrontational type of group, led by their coach and pastor Mark Jackson, who will never use a curse word to get his point across.

Apparently, that attitude does not fly with center Andrew Bogut, who went on a rant about the lack of defense played by his teammates after suffering another embarrassing defeat to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night at home. Here’s what he had to say, from Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group:

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