NBA notebook: Randolph announces retirement after 17 seasons
Two-time All-Star forward Zach Randolph announced his retirement Saturday after 17 seasons with five teams.
“I gave this game my all, and it gave everything back and more,” he posted on Twitter. The 38-year-old “Z-Bo” was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2003-04 and made the All-NBA third team in 2010-11.
A first-round pick by Portland (19th overall) in 2001, he played 1,116 games with the Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.
Randolph averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for his career. He is one of just 21 players in NBA history with more than 18,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. He earned both All-Star selections during his eight seasons with the Grizzlies from 2009-17.
–Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier was fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a ball into the stands, the league announced.
The punishment added to the in-game admonishment for Rozier’s premature celebration of a game-tying layup by teammate Devonte’ Graham in the final seconds of Charlotte’s game against Oklahoma City on Friday. Rozier apparently thought the Hornets had won the game, but Graham had merely tied the game at 94 to send it into overtime.
Rozier’s toss earned him a technical foul, with the foul shot taken and made by Thunder guard Chris Paul before the tip-off of the extra session. The Thunder went on to win 104-102.
–Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for intentionally making contact with a game official, the league revealed.
Schroder received a technical foul after making contact with an official late in the third quarter of the Thunder’s overtime win over at Charlotte on Friday. Schroder appeared to take issue with a foul not being called on Charlotte center Cody Zeller before swiping at the arm of referee CJ Washington.
Schroder scored 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor in 35 minutes in the overtime victory. The 26-year-old, who was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, is averaging 18.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists while playing in 31 games this season.
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