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Last season was a nightmare for Zach Randolph. A partially torn right MCL cost the power forward 38 games and subsequent conditioning problems limited his effectiveness in a first-round loss to the Clippers. Now, Randolph says his knee is healthy after spending the off-season with University of Memphis strength coach Frank Matrisciano doing "chameleon training," a regimen that included climbing floor-to-ceiling pipes and running in a sand pit with a 30-pound weight. "I definitely had a lot of motivation," says Randolph, 31. "A sour taste will probably be in my mouth until we start the playoffs."
Keeping opposing defenders off Randolph—along with center Marc Gasol—will be the biggest challenge. Memphis ranked 25th in three-point shooting (32.6%) last season and the team's top perimeter threat, O.J. Mayo, signed with the Mavericks. The Grizzlies will need Wayne Ellington, a 37.6% career three-point shooter, and second-year guard Josh Selby to fill that void.
COACH: Lionel Hollins (7th season with Grizzlies)
2011--12 RECORD: 41--25 (2nd in Southwest)
OFFENSE: 95.0 ppg (20th)
DEFENSE: 93.0 ppg (5th)
PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE: 22.2 ppg (19th)
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE
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