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Tony Allen's big moment: What's next for Grizz #9?

Published May 7, 2024 at 8:20 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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Hey Grizz Nation, get ready for a real heart-stopper—Tony Allen, "The Grindfather," is set to see his number 9 ascend to the rafters. Yep, alongside Marc Gasol's 33 and Zach Randolph's 50, at the FedExForum during the 2024-25 season. This is huge, folks.

Let's rewind a bit though. Tony's jersey retirement was supposed to light up the 2021-22 season, but life wasn't playing fair. He got tangled up in some legal mess—charges related to a health insurance fraud scheme. Tony and his wife, Desiree, navigated through that storm, ending up with community service and probation. Now, it's like a fresh start.

Picture this—Marc Gasol's jersey retirement last month? It was more than a ceremony. When Tony stepped out with Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc, it wasn't just a nostalgic reunion; it felt like pre-game again. Tony said it felt like they were suiting up for another epic showdown. And guess what? The next "game" is his night.

As a fan and a scribe, this isn't just any jersey retirement. It's a powerful moment of triumph over adversity, a testament to one of the NBA's toughest defenders. It's a salute to that unyielding Grit and Grind spirit that defined an era of Memphis basketball. So, let's gear up to cheer, celebrate, and maybe even let a few tears slip. We're honoring a legend who's given his all, on and off the court. Let's make it unforgettable for Tony, a true warrior of the game.


Source Yahoo Sports: Tony Allen, member of Grizzlies' 'core 4,' says he'll get his No. 9 retired next season
Source Commercial Appeal: Memphis Grizzlies expected to retire Tony Allen's jersey during the 2024-25 season
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