Kevin Durant called him the league’s best power forward (slight disrespect to Amar’e), he made Tim Duncan’s cheeks red with offensive rebound after offensive rebound in their first round matchup, and right now it’s very difficult to name someone more deserving of playoff MVP. In short, Zach Randolph is dominating the NBA. Remember when he played for the Knicks? It’s almost as if the stigma of Isiah Thomas’ reign was more powerful than any player’s natural ability, but, in the words of your mother’s Beach Boys, wouldn’t it be nice to have him back? All he’d do is fill the team’s biggest need, clog the middle, and add some low post scoring. But alas, he’s gone forever. Sad face.
Could Randolph have been a building block in New York at a much lower cost than Amar’e Stoudemire? We’ll never know, but be sure of one thing: Had it been him catching the pass from Carmelo Anthony at the end of Game 2 in Boston and not Jeffries, the Knicks would have had their first playoff victory in 10 years.