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Zach Randolph denies rumors of rift with Lionel Hollins

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Via Steve von Horn at the mothersite, Ron Tillery has a piece up from last night in which both Zach Randolph and Lionel Hollins dispute the notion -- brought up by Walt "Clyde" Frazier during the Knicks' broadcast of Wednesday night's game, among others -- that the two of them have had some sort of falling out.

From Z-Bo:

"Our relationship is fine," Randolph said. "I respect my coach."

From Griz coach Lionel Hollins:

"The only beef I had with Zach is he was excessively late for a shootaround that started at 4:30 p.m. (last Saturday)," Hollins said. "I told him I can’t start you and he understood. Everybody’s got their opinion about what goes on in our locker room. But only the people in there know. I haven’t had a beef with Zach and he hasn’t had one with me."

Well, there you have it. Both of them taking to the media to dispel those rumors going around.

One thing's for sure: Zach's demeanor has been different the last few games -- starting with that missed start against the Boston Celtics last Saturday. Something's clearly affecting the big fella, whether it's Marc Gasol's injury making Randolph's job that much harder in the paint, or something else. He's got to get it together in time for tonigh'ts matchup against the Houston Rockets, though.

Apparently, though -- if you take this Tillery report at face value -- his beef isn't with Lionel Hollins; Z-Bo's just in a little bit of a funk.

"This is my 12 or 13th year. This ain’t the first slump I’ve had," Randolph said. "I’ll work myself out of it. I’ll just keep playing."