“Why Bro look like a zion boosie mix” - NBA fans come up with hilarious reactions while comparing Zach Randolph to Zion Williamson

Zach Randolph came to cheer his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies, take on the Golden State Warriors tonight. [photo: Twitter]
Zach Randolph came to cheer his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies, take on the Golden State Warriors tonight. [photo: Twitter]

Memphis Grizzlies legend Zach Randolph was at courtside for the marquee matchup between his former team and the Golden State Warriors. On numerous occasions, “Z-Bo” was applauded by the home crowd every time he was shown on the overhead monitor.

Fans on Twitter promptly sent in their thoughts upon seeing Randolph on screen:

"Why Bro look like a zion boosie mix"
@WorldWideWob Why Bro look like a zion boosie mix 🤣
@WorldWideWob Zion and Zack Randolph had a baby
@WorldWideWob Wow, he looks like Eddie Winslow.
@WorldWideWob cant wait til zion comes back man 💔💔💔💔
@WorldWideWob Damn.... how bad was that injury Anthony Edwards sustained last night???!!!
@WorldWideWob Seems like anthony edwards has recovered fromHis ankle injury
@WorldWideWob ZBo looks like he was in the NFL not the NBA
@WorldWideWob Zion getting hit with everything injuries and old age
@WorldWideWob I haven’t seen him since Family Matters ended…
@WorldWideWob I haven’t seen him since Family Matters ended…

The reference to Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans' injured superstar, is too obvious not to be recognized by fans. For some reason, the resemblance between the long-retired Randolph and the 22-year-old Williamson is just uncanny.

Zach Randolph was recognized by the Grizzlies as he will also be inducted into the Tennessesse Sports Hall of Fame this summer.

Tonight, the Memphis Grizzlies played with the same heart and hustle Randolph's old Grizzlies teams used to overcome opponents with. "Z-Bo's" grit and grind squads during his career in Memphis endeared him to thousands of fans even years after his retirement.

Zach Randolph in the 🏠 for Grizzlies-Warriors!#NBACelebRow

Without Ja Morant, the Grizzlies jumped on the Golden State Warriors right out of the gates. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga refused to wilt despite playing on the second night of a back-to-back set.

Golden State started the second half with their trademark blistering form in the third quarter to close in on the Grizzlies. The home team leaned on first-time All-Star Jaren Jackson Jr. to carry them to the win.

"JJJ" played 29 minutes and finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Zach Randolph should certainly be proud of how the home team played.

Memphis had seven players scoring at least 10 points and played with poise and character when the defending champs rallied. After needing overtime to beat the lowly San Antonio Spurs last Friday, the Grizzlies responded in a big way to beat the Warriors.

Zach Randolph's career with the Memphis Grizzlies is underrated

Before the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Zach Randolph in the summer of 2009, the franchise had never won a single postseason game. They went to the posteason from 2004 to 2006. The Grizzlies were swept by the San Antonio Spurs, the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.

Randolph quickly made an impact on the Grizzlies when he arrived to play for the team. He made his first of two All-Star teams in his debut season in Memphis.

The only time the Grizzlies would miss the postseason during his stint with the team was in 2010. Zach Randolph led the eighth-seeded Grizzlies in an upset of the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round in 2011.

The Spurs still had legendary Tim Duncan, Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in the lineup that year. Randolph, Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen authored the Grizzlies' biggest playoff win in franchise history.

In 2011, Z-Bo and the Grizzlies stunned the Spurs to capture their 1st playoff series win in franchise history! 💪 #TeamDay | @memgrizz

In 2013, the grit-and-grind Grizzlies eventually reached the Western Conference Finals where they were swept by the Spurs. Before the Warriors won the 2015 NBA championship that jumpstarted their dynasty, they were down 2-1 to Memphis in the second round that season.

Randolph's jersey was deservedly retired by the Memphis Grizzlies on December 11, 2021.

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Edited by Michael Macasero
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