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March 24, 2015 Updates

Gasol was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Allen, a three-time All-Defensive Team selection, would not entertain the thought of seeing Gasol in another uniform – especially that of the Knicks, who desperately need a star alongside Carmelo Anthony – because he views his teammate as more than a Grizzly. He sees Gasol as the Grizzly. “He looks good in a Memphis Grizzlies uniform,” Tony Allen told SheridanHoops. “The colors just fit him perfectly. He’s not a bright orange kind of guy. He fits the blue. The blue bear. He is the Grizzly.” SheridanHoops

“I really don’t understand analytic type stuff,” he says. “I know it’s got me in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion so I’ll take it.” Allen has been awarded All-Defensive team honors in three of the last four seasons—first team twice. Last year he was left out. “They robbed me last year,” he says. “The only reason they didn’t put me in there is because I missed a lot of games, but this year I’m for sure first team.” complex.com

Despite playing off the bench, Allen remained as engaged as ever. This weekend, he was reinserted into the starting lineup for a Mavericks/Blazers back-to-back that the Grizzlies swept. “He goes a little extra sometimes but that’s him,” says Gasol. “I remember the first time I saw Tony in the Finals, when Boston was playing L.A., and I thought, 'Who the hell is that guy with the towel and 42 on the back, just screaming and yelling and moving? Just tell him to sit down.' But you see him doing the same things here, so it’s his nature. We not gonna change him. We gotta embrace Tony, because he gives you so much things that are so special that are hard to find. He has a special talent he really does and he works. You gotta love him for that.” complex.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen will host his fan-favorite event “Tony Allen Karaoke Night” at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis (3700 Central Avenue, Memphis 38111) on Tuesday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. to benefit the Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up (JIFF). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and media is invited to attend. Allen will be on-hand to meet and greet fans and sing karaoke for a good cause. Admission to the fundraiser is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5-12. Admission is free for kids under five. Appetizers will be included in the price of admission. All proceeds benefit JIFF, Inc. NBA.com

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Grizzlies emotional swingman Tony Allen made no apologies for causing havoc Wednesday night in a win over the Houston Rockets. Allen, however, expressed regret about his behavior that led to him serving a one-game suspension for violating team policy on Tuesday. A physical altercation with reserve guard Nick Calathes during a drill led to Allen lashing out at coaches and refusing to continue practice. Memphis Commercial Appeal

March 4, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: ESPN sources say practice confrontation between Grizz teammates Tony Allen and Nick Calathes, while heated, did not rise to "physical" level. Sources say Tony Allen's one-game ban largely stemmed from fact he waved off coaches' attempts to calm him down after tangle with Calathes Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Allen was suspended for the game because of violating a team policy. After more digging into the issue, Allen’s physical confrontation was apparently with Calathes during practice. Frustration clearly is building with the team playing poorly and the starting unit lacking consistent and forceful play. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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F Kevin Durant, Thunder vs. Grizzlies. $9,300 salary | 18.6% of cap: There is one defender that has had a bit of success slowing down Durant: Memphis' Tony Allen. In fact, he held Durant to 15 points on 31.3% shooting earlier this year. Don't pay Durant's healthy salary in one of the few matchups where he could disappoint. HoopsHype

February 5, 2015 Updates

Not only is that a nod to his two-time All-Defensive First Team selection in 2012 and '13, but it also serves as a reminder to those same courtside reporters. "I was highly upset I didn't get put on that first team last year, and it kind of hurt my heart," said Allen, who's averaging a career-high two steals per game and holds his opponents to lower percentages all over the court. "I missed a lot of games I guess, but how did I not make it? Unfortunately the media votes on that [since last year] and they snubbed me this time." Bleacher Report

Kobe is the best player I've ever played against—period, point blank. He's a scary sight. Back on Feb. 22, 2005—my rookie season—he fouled me out. I had six fouls in eight minutes. Luckily in the 2010 Finals, I did a good job of making things difficult for Kobe, making him shoot close to 30 shots per game and holding him to 21 points in one game. While the Lakers won Game 7, I felt good after that, after going against Paul every day in practice and then getting the opportunity to stick Kobe for the national championship. I told myself, No matter what the name is, I'm going to take pride in defense and I'm going to try to be the best at it. I haven't looked back since. Bleacher Report

When I was first drafted by Boston in 2004, I thought I was a scorer after being named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. But being around some maxed-out players, and after my ACL injury in 2007, I had to find my niche in the league. Paul Pierce helped me out, saying, "If you can guard me in practice every day, you can guard just about anybody." He gave me confidence. A lot of my influence comes from him; he's the best at getting ready to play a game. I also looked at the work ethic of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Bleacher Report

Afterward, I work out after every practice for about 30 minutes to keep myself strong, keep my core tight. Defense is just effort and some guys are fatigued. The weight room helps me get ready to play defense at all costs. I love the full-body workout (B/R videos here) because I can feel it in the game. I don't want guys posting me up and pushing me all around on the floor when they're backing me down. After the workout, I feel like if somebody comes running out of the blind side and pushes me, I can catch my balance and get ready to attack back. My body is ready even against much bigger guys like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Joe Johnson. LeBron is the most physical matchup for me. He's strong, but I've got inner strength. Bleacher Report

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