Randolph: No ill will towards Wizards after camp cut

Randolph: No ill will towards Wizards after camp cut
April 7, 2013, 10:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Shavlik Randolph hasn't been playing like someone who was waived in training camp. But the reality is, he was.

Just six months ago Randolph was cut by the Washington Wizards at the end of training camp. Since then he has played in China and returned to the NBA to sign with the Boston Celtics.

Randolph has been making an impact that exceeds the expectations of a player who didn't earn a spot in the league last fall. He is averaging 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds as a reserve, moving his way up in the rotation to be called first off the bench on Sunday against his former team.

Yet he holds no bitterness towards the Wizards. After posting 8 points and 7 rebounds in just 15 minutes against them in the Celtics 107-96 win, Randolph was frank about his training camp performance.

"I think I had good moments, but I got outplayed by the people I was competing against," he said. "I'm the first in situations to be a man and own up when I've got outdone, and I didn't deserve to make the team over the people that made it over me. It was simple as that."

Randolph is appreciative of the opportunity the Wizards gave him to play on their summer league team, which he said helped him improve his game even if he didn't make the team.

While he may have been outplayed during training camp, he is making a strong case to play in the postseason.

"(Since being waived I've) just played a lot more basketball," he said. "I've put a little more muscle on, put some weight on, I was able to get a little bit stronger in China, get in better game shape. There's no substitute for actually playing in games."