I just got off the phone with Zach Randolph, who on a bus in Milwaukee, but took time out to speak about today’s trade to the Clippers.
Here’s what he said:
(On coming to the Clippers)
“I’m definitely excited to come out there it’ll be a new situation for me. Coach Dunleavy is a great coach and he plays the style of basketball I like to play. So it’s definitely going to be something great and a new experience.
(On the Clippers slow start)
“I definitely think they can turn it around. They’ve had a tough start, but they’ve got some great players. Kaman, Marcus, a great point guard with Baron and some other great players, like Al Thornton. It’s going to be interesting to come out there and try to turn this thing around and hopefully we can win some games.”
(Speaking of turning things around. How does it feel to be leaving the Knicks right as New York seems to be turning things around?)
“We started off pretty good, things have being going good. Coach, the organization have been great. It’s just something they wanted to do to make cap room. I’m just going to continue to do what I’ve been doing, continue to work hard and help my team win.”
(On growing up while in New York, after some off court incidents in Portland)
“It’s a big city and there’s a lot going on. I’ve just been focused on basketball and improving as a player, and winning games. I’m getting older, I’m focused on my career, focused on winning and tring to get a ring.
“I’m 27 now, I’m a lot older and I’ve been in this league a long time now so I know the ropes.”
(On the potential trade with the Clippers over the summer)
“I know they’ve been trying to get me for a long time. So that feels good. I’m ready to get started, ready to work.”