Over at VICE Sports, I had a chance to interview Anthony Randolph and write a profile about his NBA career so far and his new start in Russia, where he will be playing professional basketball with Lukomotiv Kuban this season.
You can read the entire piece here. An excerpt is below.
After his summer league performance, Randolph was among a group of young players invited to Team USA’s minicamp. Silas credited Randolph for working hard during that summer to bulk up, and coming to camp prepared to make a substantial leap in year two. Indeed, Randolph did make a leap: he averaged 18.5 points, 10.3 boards, 1.3 steals, and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes. But an ankle injury ended his season early; he only played in 31 games.
The ankle injury that ended his season early was soon followed by rumblings that Nelson and Randolph did not get along. The rumblings gave way to rumors that the organization was open to trading him. And during the off-season, the Warriors did just that by sending Randolph to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade for David Lee.
"Of course I wanted the opportunity to get more minutes and get more responsibility, but for whatever reason that didn’t happen," says Randolph of his time with the Warriors. He declined to speak about Nelson directly and took a measured approach in remembering his time with the Warriors, "I don’t look back on it and blame the team or anyone about it. It was just one of those things that just happened and I just have to use that as a learning experience. Everything that happens in your life is for a reason."