Our old friend Tony Allen returns to the Garden today with the Grizzlies. While our memories of TA include bone-headed gaffes, knee-shredding-after-the-whistle-dunk-attempts, and death threats, he’s become the emotional leader of the Grizz. Seriously.
Allen’s teammates recognize him as their sergeant at arms, and gladly follow his lead.
“My whole thing is getting guys focused,” Allen said. “I play with a lot of passion. I play with a lot of heart and soul. I play like this is my last. I play like I may not ever get back on the court again. I’m going to tire myself out. I’m going to be yelling. I’m going to be screaming. But I always hope that has a snowball effect.”
“He’s like an Army general,” Conley said. “He says crazy things but goes out there and backs it up. He works as hard as he speaks. … He gives 100 percent on every possession.”
I wouldn’t follow Tony anywhere, but I get the point. The guy brings heart and guts to the court every night.
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