The former Wizard wasn’t looking for revenge. He wasn’t looking to show the team that cut ties with him that it made a mistake. He had no other agenda when he came off the bench other than to help Boston win and continue his improved play since joining the Celtics so late in the season.
After accomplishing that goal, the former Wizard expressed gratitude to the organization that discarded him, thanked it for giving him an opportunity to prove his worth and then forcing him to get better after an unceremonious departure.
Some show of maturity from Jordan Crawford, right? Except the former Wizard wasn’t Crawford.
It was Shavlik Randolph.
Remember him? For those who lost track of Randolph the moment that the Wizards cut him the final week of training camp, the 6-foot-10 forward is now backing up Kevin Garnett in Boston and playing a critical role for a team making a playoff push.
Randolph had eight points and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes of Boston’s 107-96 victory on Sunday, but the Celtics outscored the Wizards by 10 points with him on the floor.
Afterward, Randolph – who spent his time between Washington and Boston playing for the Foshan Long Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association – explained that he wasn’t out to prove a point.
“I know that I got outplayed for that spot. I’m the first to admit that and be a man,” said Randolph, who lost the final big man spot to the since-cut Earl Barron. “I know when I deserve something. I know when I earned something and I didn’t earn that right. I took it as motivation and went out and tried to take the things that I could’ve done better in D.C. and I worked on them in China and it’s paid off for me.”