Commercial Appeal beat writer Ron Tillery caught up with Tony Allen today to find out that, barring setbacks, the Grindfather will suit up and play actual basketball on a court during an NBA game this Friday vs the LA Clippers.
Tony Allen says he'll return Fri vs Clips barring a setback and he doesn’t mind coming off the bench. "I really don’t want to be disruptive"— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) February 19, 2014
Tony also touched on the trade deadline:
On trade talk, Allen says "I just look at it as rumors. That’s all it is. I haven’t thought about it too much."— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) February 19, 2014
Allen: I love being here. This is where my heart is at. If anything changes, I understand that it’s a business.— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) February 19, 2014
It's this attitude, specifically, that makes Tony Allen invaluable and probably keeps him in Beale Street Blue. He knows how the rumors operate, expand and collapse so that's not going to be an issue as far as distracting Tony while he gets back into playing form.
If anything, TA will end up using a bench role to drive him to become the ferocious animal that haunts the nightmares of NBA guards around the league. Go harder, TA.