Memphis Grizlies Rumors
How did it make you feel to know that the Memphis Grizzlies planned on retiring your jersey? Tony Allen: I ain’t gonna lie, I got kind of emotional at the time they brought me the news. I can’t front. As it soaked in, I got to thinking more and more about everything I did just to prepare, from rehab to strength and conditioning, long nights in the gym, battling in practice, keying in on my opponents and all the homework in that, just the blood, sweat and tears in that grind, in that jersey and all that. They showed a lot of love. It had me teary, man. It was one of those really emotional moments because I was in the locker room with some good dudes, had some good coaches, some real big personalities. We changed the whole narrative to “grit and grind” and “we don’t bluff.” Before you knew it, teams were scared to see us and match up with us in the playoffs. It just shows what we embodied.
Ronald Tillery: re: Fizdale. Source VERY close to Griz owner Robert Pera said Saturday that Fizdale was safe due to injuries. Was told management wanted to see how the team looked healthy. But things changed quickly – perhaps in 12 minutes.
Conley: Oh yeah, Coach Fiz. He’s like a player to us. He’s a laid back, West Coast, L.A. type of guy. Just laid back, as cool as they come. But at the same time he has enough in him to hold guys accountable. Enough to get angry at our best players and earn the respect of everybody in the organization.