He's the Grindfather, all defensive NBA First Team (twice) and a former NBA champion. I put him on my danged Grizzlies Mount Rushmore so that should really say it all for me in regards to my love for Tony Allen. As he takes the floor again tonight the crowd at FedexForum will surely erupt in ecstasy and applause. They'll also expect TA to provide some extra fuel for the Grizzlies against their archrivals.
That fuel, energy if you will, that Tony brings to the Griz is one of his most valuable traits. It can also be one of his most dangerous. You'd really believe this man is from Memphis, TN with the amount of bizarre-once-in-a-lifetime occurrences that he's been apart of through the years. (Weird stuff happens here, a lot.)
To honor the Grindfather's return I'm offering up (7) NBA moments that could only have happened with the help of Tony Allen and the chaotic force of nature that sometimes possesses him.
1) The Destruction of Tommy Nuñez
Here is a great example of Tony's kamikaze-like abilities.
2) The Tryout for the Harlem Globetrotters
This was an amazing fake pass that no one saw coming, probably even Tony.
3) Insert Academy Award Joke Here
It takes a proud and mentally strong man to live with the shame that comes with flopping Manu Ginobili into a flagrant foul.
4) Anyone? Anyone? No?
This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen, and it's made so humorous simply because it happens to Tony Allen - the man of unlimited high fives.
5) The Double Dribble of Lionel Hollins
I guess Lionel is just lucky that he didn't somehow take out his knees or decapitate him.
6) Don't Forget to Bring a Towel...
...And to keep it on the bench, stapled to a chair. You'd think the action below is the most Tony-Allen-thing ever, but believe it or not, it can be topped.
7) Paul-lease Kick Me in the Face
The play that single handedly raised several thousand dollars from Youth Villages after the shoe that hit CPIII's face was auctioned for charity. Two huge questions still remain after scrutiny of this play - how? and why?
We love ya, Tony! Get after after 'em out there tonight.