By Blake Monroe
Though Tony Allen no longer plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, his tough defensive legacy is reminded to us all in a recent interview with Kobe Bryant.
When asked who the toughest defender he ever played against was, Bryant responds by saying “That’s easy. Tony Allen. He was the only one not crying for help.”
Kobe goes on to say that the reason he will always choose Allen as his top defender is that no matter what, he always stayed physical. Bryant added “he could score 10 points in a row and Tony Allen wouldn’t even blink. He would just keep defending.”
Known to the City of Memphis and Grizzlies fans worldwide as the “Grindfather,” Tony Allen was the cornerstone of the infamous Grit ‘n’ Grind era along with teammates Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and Zach Randolph.
Allen played for Memphis from 2010-2017; the height of the Memphis Grizzlies franchise and also his career, even considering his championship days as a member of the Boston Celtics.
What many people forget is that Allen is an NBA World Champion, with Celtics’ 2008 squad. That veteran group in Boston really molded him into the defensive beast he became for the...