Friday night was a good night for the old folks like me. We got to see 40-year old Manu Ginobili end the Celtics win streak with the 1,000th game-winner of his career. We got to see 40-year old Vinsanity slip in a dunk on Anthony Davis after a buzzer. And we got to watch 36-year-old Portland Jailblazer alum Zach Randolph bring out the Z-Bo with another amusing moment with Boogie Cousins.
“Where I’m from bullies get bullied. In my hood bullies get bullets,” Randolph said (I think) to Cousins late in the fourth quarter after the two headband warriors did some hand slapping and yapping at each other.
Randolph finished the game with a season-high 35 points (14-22 FG), 13 boards and a career-high five threes in the 116-109 victory. Cousins was once again exceptional and showing why he’s the best big man in the NBA, scoring 38 points, grabbing 11 boards, knocking down four threes and a little of this and that….let’s get to the fun stuff.
Back in 2015, when Cousins was with the Kings and Randolph was a member of the Grit and Grind Grizzlies, the two had a pretty heated game with chair kicking, techs, some chest-bumping and a couple of elbows to Cousins’ face.
My favorite moment between these two was a more lighthearted one from last season. After a time-out was called, Cousins and Randolph played one-on-one for about six seconds after the whistle.