Wells and Randolph are friends and rivals

Indianapolis -- Bonzi Wells and Zach Randolph have become good friends as teammates in the NBA. They disagree about who reigns supreme, but it isn't on the basketball court that the competition is taking place. It is on the television screen.

"I am the king of the videogames!" Randolph said. "We play a lot of Madden and NBA 2K. I'm the king. I'm a younger boy than he is, you know. I'm better."

Wells, on the other hand, disagrees with the former Marion Giant and Michigan State Spartan.

"Everywhere we are at and if we have time, that's what we are doing -- playing video games," Wells said. "If I have the time, I bust his tail."

The two were in Indiana Saturday night as the Portland Trailblazers took on the Pacers in Conseco Fieldhouse.

Randolph, who won a national championship at Michigan State his freshman year, opted to leave East Lansing and enter the NBA Draft. He was the 19th pick overall in the draft and is now working to earn minutes in the Blazer lineup.

"I always expect to play more, but you know, things happen, and I am just a rookie," he said.

Randolph played just two minutes and scored two points in Saturday's game.

For Wells, the former Ball State Cardinal and Mid-American Conference scoring record holder, this was his second trip back to his home state. Last time he played the Pacers, Wells finished with eight points losing to Indiana 127-119 in overtime.

This time, Wells pumped in 15 as the Blazers once again fell to Indiana 105-96 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

"I played alright in the first half," Wells said. "I really didn't get that many looks in the second, and I wasn't as aggressive as I was in the first, but that isn't going to happen again. I am going to play aggressive the entire game."

Wells said he enjoys having Randolph around and giving him an introduction to the NBA

"That's my man, he is a grown man he knows what he is doing I'm just there to give him some tidbits to help him along the way," he said.

The one lesson Wells said he has learned in his four years as a professional basketball player is that your ability is questioned every night. "You can't just be happy that you got (to the NBA)," he said. "You have to go out every night and prove that you belong."


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