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San Antonio Spurs ahead Rudy Homosexual stated he is nonetheless buddies with Tony Allen after his former Grizzlies teammate revealed the origin of Memphis’ “Grit and Grind” motto was truly a shot at Homosexual from six years in the past.
On Friday, Allen informed an viewers on the Basketball Corridor of Fame that he used the “Grit and Grind” line after Homosexual sat out a 2011 win over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder with a sore toe. The catchphrase caught, turning into the Grizzlies’ rallying cry for the subsequent a number of seasons.
Homosexual has modified groups 3 times since, whereas Allen entered unrestricted free company this summer time with a return to Memphis wanting unlikely.
Based on MassLive’s Tom Westerholm, amongst different nuggets shared by Allen in Springfield was that he nonetheless greets former Boston Celtics teammates with the phrase “ubuntu,” a South African phrase referring to a human bond, and that Paul Pierce provided him a $30,000 watch if he made the Rookie Problem Recreation in his first yr – one thing he did and picked up on.
Allen performed for the Celtics from 2004-10 earlier than becoming a member of the Grizzlies.