Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

Tony Allen Played Tough Defense on Kids at His Camp

Memphis Grizzlies defensive specialist Tony Allen doesn’t just lock up the NBA’s best wing scorers — he also puts the clamps on children who try to score on him during his own summer basketball camp. Per the Oklahoman: “Lathered in sweat, the Memphis Grizzlies’ defensive savant was going hard, grit and grind as he calls it, blocking 10-year-olds and posting up 12-year-olds. One kid, who dared attempt to cross up Allen at his own basketball camp — this the first ever in Stillwater — had his pocket picked in a drill, with a playful Allen trash-talking him immediately after the steal: ‘First-Team All-D, baby, First-Team All-D.’ … ‘I’m actually catching my breath, because one of the kids was pretty good,’ Allen admitted after a spirited 3-on-3 game. ‘Any time I get on the hardwood, I’m competing 110 percent. I even fouled a kid today. That was a little rough, but I got to win.’ The comments were lighthearted, as were the plays. But Allen’s ultracompetitive nature, in all situations, can’t be masked in any environment. It’s too ingrained in his personality and vital to his craft. And now, because of that relentless energy and work ethic, particularly on the defensive end, he returns for a week in his college town as a mature, wealthy and respected man, the perfect success story for local campers to model after. He’s 31 and settled, at the perfect place in his career, recently signed to a four-year, $20 million extension with the Grizzlies. It was a well-earned payday that comes on the heels of his second consecutive All-Defensive First Team nod, an award he gladly gloats about. ‘Been a long time coming,’ Allen said. ‘I felt my first six years in the league, I played behind Paul Pierce. I wasn’t really able to let the world see my attributes that I bring to the table. But I’ve just been working and now I’m in a great situation, as far as my team, as far as my contract, my life and all I could do now is eat, sleep and work on defense. So it’s fun to me, any time I get an award like that.’”

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  • pposse

    wouldn’t want to hear about this camp any other way

  • spit hot fiyah

    even fouled a kid lol

  • ChosenOne

    Good, the kids need to learn to play under tough pressure. It makes them better players in the long run.

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  • JibbsIsBallin

    This is awesome. Its always cool playing ball with kids. They take it so seriously and when you play somewhat good D on them, they feel like you just talked about their mom and they go hard.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Only if ESPN would maker commercials like this again.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Love it.

  • Bballmom

    It was my son he picked clean – I was watching and loved it. Interaction and going hard with the kids was amazing -just what they needed.

  • Nmc1496

    It was also a “free” camp — something else that you won’t see with other NBA players….

  • mohammed

    good job allen. gotta teach dem defense

  • mohammed

    lol. u gotta do something

  • Interdico Scriptor

    great story

  • Shooting Guard

    reminds me of the ron artest quote a few years ago:

    ”I stand up to anybody, I played my son in the backyard the other day. I didn’t let him win”

  • Max

    Didn’t expect anything else from crazy Tone.

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