The Grizzlies announced on Thursday that Tony Allen will join Zach Randolph in having his jersey retired in Memphis.
Allen, whose toughness epitomized the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies, got emotional with when he found out that his No. 9 jersey will be hanging from the rafters of FedExForum.
.@aa000G9’s emotional reaction to having his jersey retired in Memphis. pic.twitter.com/skSGoPaFLn
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 12, 2017
“I wasn’t doing that for no notoriety. I was never trying to be in your paper, your latest magazine. I was doing it just playing hard, playing the right way, trying to win.”
“I never cared about the fantasy-ness and the All-Star games. All I wanted to be known for was being one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game.
“And I just thank Memphis for allowing me the opportunity to be able to play. And that’s that.”
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