Randolph also will miss Sunday's contest at Portland, but that was the least of his problems. Coach Mike Dunleavy revealed Wednesday that his leading scorer was playing with a short emotional fuse because of a family emergency.
"Zach had a lot of frustration last night," Dunleavy said. "He just received word on his dad being very sick, and he had a lot on his mind. I think that contributed to something that he probably wouldn't want to have happen again."
Randolph got word from his sister prior to the game in Phoenix that their father, who is in his mid-50s, was being taken into intensive care at an Indianapolis hospital. The suspension allowed Randolph to fly to Indianapolis to be with his with his family.
"It was just one of those things," Dunleavy said. "He said to me on the phone today, 'Coach, man, I'm sorry. I had a lot of stuff going through my head. I got frustrated with all the pulling and tugging and holding, and I just reacted. It was dumb.' By the time he tallies up his paycheck, it'll be real dumb for him."
When asked about the length of the suspension before Wednesday's game, Suns interim coach Alvin Gentry said he understood why Randolph acted the way he did.
"It was an incident that happened, and it's unfortunate, but I know Zach has some other problems that he's dealing with right now," Gentry said. "It's hard what he's going through right now, so I sympathize with him. I don't think anybody realizes the impact that has -- when you find out that somebody that you love dearly is suffering.
"I don't think Zach's a bad guy, and anybody who knows Zach knows he's not a bad guy. It's just kind of unfortunate that it happened. I wish Zach the best, because it's a tough situation for him."
This might explain some things. It doesn't make what he did right, but I sympathize with the guy. Keep your head up Zach.. Things will look up one day. It DID seem like he had a very short fuse that night. I dare anyone to try to play their regular game in a situation like that, especially for a losing team. We're all pulling for you and behind you Z-Bo, keep your head up!!!