Former OSU Star to Have NBA Number Retired

Tony Allen

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Teams normally wait until a player has retired to announce their plans to - you know, retire their jersey. Allen spent the past seven years of his career in Memphis before signing a one-year deal to join the New Orleans Pelicans in September. Both Randolph and Allen embodied the Grizzlies" "Grit and Grind' mentality and will forever be remembered as part of the "Core Four", along with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, who helped turn the franchise around.

This warms my heart in innumerable ways, and I could write a lot more, but the tears are screwing up this keyboard. Obviously, it's a dream come true to have your number retired in the National Basketball Association. He earned first- or second-team All-Defensive honors in six of his seven seasons.

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The Memphis Grizzlies announced their decision to retire Tony Allen's No. 9 jersey alongside Zach Randolph's on Thursday, noting that his jersey will hang from the rafters "one day".

"I wasn't 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".

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Tony Allen and the New Orleans Pelicans will take on the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum in Memphis tomorrow night in their final game of the preseason. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank him for his incredible contributions to the Grizzlies and the unique way that he inspired the city of Memphis.

The Pelicans will be back in Memphis once again on October 18 to play against the Grizzlies in the regular season opener. "There would never have been seven straight years of playoff appearances, the incredible electricity in FedExForum for home games, "Grit and Grind" and "Believe Memphis' without Tony Allen's contributions to the team". In the process Tony became more than just one of the toughest defenders in the league - he became a true cult hero who was intertwined with the soul of Memphis like few athletes ever have in any city.

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