Z-Bo's #50 will hang from the rafters.
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that Zach Randolph's #50 jersey will be retired, honoring his eight year run with the Grizzlies which came to an end earlier this week when he signed a two-year $24 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.
The Grizzlies reportedly made the declaration today in an open letter to Randolph which not only addressed his on-court contributions but also his services to the community.
Throughout his time in Memphis, Z-Bo donated $20,000 annually to pay utility bills for underprivileged families, one of the many ways he gave back.
The letter from Grizzlies GM, Chris Wallace, and President of business operations, Jason Wexler, reads in part,
"While there will be a time and place to recognize your lasting impact in Memphis, starting today, as stated earlier by Controlling Owner, Robert Pera, number 50 will never be worn by any other member of the Memphis Grizzlies."
"Zach helped establish what it means to play for the Grizzlies on the court and in the community, and in doing so helped forge an identity for our City," the open letter read. "His numerous on the court accomplishments speak for themselves. He is our all-time leader in field goals, rebounds and of course, takedowns."
"He is a proud civic leader and an extraordinary hands-on community benefactor. It is no coincidence that our collective dedication to service in our communities and our pride in Memphis surged during his time here."
Randolph leaves the Grizzlies as the franchise's leader in rebounds with 5,612, and third in points (9,261) behind Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
#50 Forever pic.twitter.com/B8r4rxnmp0— Mike Conley (@mconley11) July 6, 2017
Thank you… For believing in the color of our collars. For embodying the soul of a city. And for never bluffing.https://t.co/laMa2rrzkP— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) July 6, 2017