Zach Randolph represented a bit of a risk with the potential to give a sizable reward for the Memphis Grizzlies when they extended him in April 2011. The four-year, $66 million extension that the Grizzlies gave Randolph was a big investment to put in a player who was close to turning 30.
The first year of his extension wasn't exactly a boon for the franchise. Randolph went down in the fourth game of the season with a partial MCL tear and missed 38 games due to the injury.
Randolph was effective off the bench towards the end of the season, but didn't hit his stride until Game 2 of the first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Losing Randolph for most the first year of his big extension meant losing the last year of the prime of his career. Even more, they lost that valuable year after he had an amazing 2010-11 season—one that stands as the greatest in Grizzlies' history.
The Grizzlies will hope that Z-Bo can rise up for another strong year at age 31. Not only are they hoping that their big-money power forward can make good for his deal after suffering a serious injury in his prime, but that he also can help them compete for a championship.
Here's a guide to how Randolph can start the backside of his career the right way.