How do the Trailblazer fans feel about the Zach Randolph trade ...
The Knicks acquired Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau and Fred Jones from Portand for Channing Frye and Steve Francis last night.
Randolph, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, brings a litany of problems:
1995: 30 days in juvenile detention for shoplifting.
High school: 30 days of house arrest for battery; 30 days in juvenile detention for receiving stolen property, a gun.
2002: Arrested for underage drinking.
2003: Suspended by the Trail Blazers for punching teammate Ruben Patterson in practice and breaking his eye socket.
2003: Arrested in Portland for driving under the influence of intoxicants and marijuana.
2004: Accused by police of lying in an investigation of his brother shooting three men in an Indiana nightclub.
2006: Suspended by the Trail Blazers for making obscene gestures to fans after a game in Indiana.
2006: Sued by a Portland woman for sexual assault in an incident at a strip club. After a monthlong investigation, prosecutors didn’t file criminal charges. A civil suit is pending.
My personal favorite:
2007: Left a strip club without paying the bill while he was on bereavement leave from the team.
2007: Earlier this month, police were called to the parking lot of a strip club where Randolph and teammate Darius Miles were part of a gathering and a gunshot was fired.
So, let me think: We'll take the buyout of Francis and say adios to a guy who, while talented, never could get out of his own way long enough to be a true professional. The Knicks are welcome to him. Steve Francis will never wear a Blazer uniform. They won't let him anywhere near Oden, Roy, or the rest.
Source: (New York Post)