The Memphis Grizzlies have become known for their gritty style of play in recent years. The combination of hard-nosed defense and bruising interior scoring has made them a tough out in the NBA playoffs.
And no player has personified the team’s style of play more than shooting guard Tony Allen.
Allen has been one of the toughest defenders in the NBA since he entered the league, and his relentless and rough-edged play on the court helped define the Grizzlies’ team identity.
Allen is so beloved by the people of Memphis that the fans nicknamed him “The Grindfather,” as the unquestioned leader of the “grit and grind” movement that took over the team when Allen arrived in 2010.
So, the Grizzlies came up with a great promotion to honor “The Grindfather,” when they gave away 4,000 pepper grinders featuring Allen before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
Well done, Memphis.
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