July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others: In a game where his team trailed by 23, Grayson Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies committed two flagrant fouls in eight seconds to get ejected. Both were pretty flagrant attempts to retaliate outside the normal hard-nosed play of the NBA. Allen followed his ejection by making a face like Scut Farkus. The video is worth watching to hear broadcaster Dan Dakich tear into Allen at length.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:25 AM - 11 comments

FWIW, the guy who got under his skin, Grant Williams, is my new best friend in this Celtics team. I am working really hard not to overhype an undersized junior drafted late in the first round but it's not working.

posted by yerfatma at 11:42 AM on July 12

I watched this game on the NBC Sports Boston cable channel. It doesn't carry the audio, using some of the local talking heads to provide comments rather than play-by-play. I will have to see the replay of the regular broadcast on the NBA Channel if I can. Allen provided a source of much laughter as he stood there with a look that was somewhere between bewilderment and 'yeah, so what'. If this guy is trying to establish a tough guy reputation, I give him 2 seasons before he is out of the league and trying to recover from multiple injuries.

Grant Williams is built like a tank. He has a decent set of skills, and he has been encouraged to keep shooting the 3 ball, even though it is not his best shot. Celtics now have a trio of not-very-tall guys (Williams, Smart, and Ojeleye) who are all very strong and willing defenders. Smart did not have a 3 ball until this past season, but by working hard on it, he has become decent, although not great, from outside. Williams will find a lot of minutes this year.

posted by Howard_T at 12:04 PM on July 12

Why does any NBA team even want the guy? Even if he could get his shit together he doesn't offer enough in any area to help a team. Allen will forever be associated with a single big game in the 2015 NCAA final and as a distraction and divisive presence since.

Utah wasted a first round pick on him? WOW.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:28 PM on July 12

I will have to see the replay of the regular broadcast on the NBA Channel if I can

They were not impressed.

posted by yerfatma at 02:05 PM on July 12

This is hilarious. I still can't figure out if it's written in earnestness or with deep irony.

posted by NoMich at 03:00 PM on July 12

What an idiot.

The fun part is that the Grizz and Celts play again in the Summer League Quarterfinals tomorrow.

posted by Ufez Jones at 03:42 PM on July 12

Can anyone enlighten me on why Allen is resorting to cheap shots instead of sating his appetite for destruction with hard-nosed basketball? Is he trying to be the Claude Lemieux of the NBA?

posted by rcade at 04:34 PM on July 12

He's always been like that. At Duke, he was all elbows and sticking feet out.

posted by NoMich at 04:53 PM on July 12

He does not have the size to play a physical game, and he's not hard-nosed by nature. He only goons opponents when they aren't expecting it.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:14 PM on July 12

Someday, someone is going to lift up the lid of a grand piano and find the kid lying on top of the strings.

posted by beaverboard at 06:12 PM on July 12

I once had a girlfriend who embraced the Krzyzewski - Allen approach. I would be told that I was suspended indefinitely*, only to find out that I was reinstated one game later.

* And stripped of my captaincy.

posted by beaverboard at 09:30 PM on July 12

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