The Grizzlies announced on Thursday that Tony Allen will join Zach Randolph in having his jersey retired in Memphis.

Allen, whose toughness epitomized the Grit-N-Grind Grizzlies, got emotional with when he found out that his No. 9 jersey will be hanging from the rafters of FedExForum.

“That’s the thing. I never really was doing that for no notoriety. I never was trying to be in your paper, your latest magazine. I was doing it just playing hard, playing the right way, trying to win.”

 

“I never cared about the fanciness and the All-Star games. All I wanted to be known for was being one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game.

 

“And I just thank Memphis for allowing me the opportunity to be able to play. And that’s that.”

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