Joe Murphy / Nationwide Basketball Affiliation / Getty
The “Grit and Grind” period of Memphis Grizzlies basketball started in earnest when Tony Allen arrived by way of free company in 2010. One of many franchise’s excessive factors got here that ensuing season, when the Grizz surprised the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs within the first spherical of the playoffs earlier than bowing out to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
On Friday, Allen revealed the precise second the catchphrase “Grit and Grind” entered the Memphis lexicon – and it did not sound too flattering to then-teammate Rudy Homosexual.
“Rudy Homosexual stated ‘I am not enjoying this recreation, my toe hurts,'” Allen advised an viewers on the Basketball Corridor of Fame’s 60 Days of Summer time program, in response to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “I stated, ‘Your toe harm? Your toe harm? You simply did a windmill dunk final night time.'”
The sport Allen is referring to was a a hundred and five-one hundred and one Grizzlies win over the Thunder on Feb. eight, 2011, with Homosexual on the sidelines.
“To make an extended story brief, we win,” Allen stated. I used to be so upset with Rudy for not enjoying … I find yourself having 27 factors, eight rebounds, and like 5 steals. (Kevin) Durant had like 35, however they misplaced. Once they gave me my interview, the very first thing I stated was, ‘It is simply all coronary heart. Grit and grind.’ That is how that phrase blossomed in Memphis. I used to be nonetheless upset. That was actually a jab at Rudy Homosexual. However he is my man right now, I’ve forgiven him for that.”
Maybe Homosexual did not learn the complete story, however Saturday he reacted tersely to a tweet relating to it.
Homosexual has modified groups 3 times since 2010-eleven, signing a two-yr cope with the Spurs in July. In the meantime, the Grindhouse period seems all however over in Memphis; Zach Randolph decamped for the Sacramento Kings and Allen stays a free agent, with a return to the Grizzlies wanting uncertain.