Zach Randolph glad to bounce back after knee injury

Randolph , 31, rightfully points out that he’s just re-establishing his worth as the bang-for-buck big man the league revered before a knee injury cost him most of last season.

“This feels good because I worked hard this summer and when people last year said, ‘Is he going to be the same Zach of old?’ I heard that,” Randolph said. “I just wanted to come out and prove people wrong. I still got it and I’m still in my prime.”

If you didn’t think it was possible for Randolph to be more relentless then consider this: He leads the NBA in rebounding with a career-high 13.9 per game and is second in the league behind Denver’s Kenneth Faried with 5.4 offensive rebounds per game.

“He’s got a strong upper body. He hits you first to get you off balance,” Griz center Marc Gasol said of Randolph. “And then he has great hands.”

– Reported by Ronald Tillery of theĀ Memphis Commercial Appeal