Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 2/7/12
by Tracy Weissenberg / @basketballista Tony Allen has seen both ends of the spectrum. He was a member of the Celtics team that lifted up the franchise’s 17th Championship banner—the most of any team in NBA history. He also was an integral part of the upstart Grizzlies that knocked off the No. 1-seeded Spurs last season to win the first Playoff game and series in franchise history. This season, Allen is getting it done on both ends of the floor, although he is especially noticed for his elite perimeter defense. While Allen has picked up where he left off last season and is working to propel the Grizzlies to another deep postseason run, he will always carry a little Celtics’ green with him. SLAM: You’ve shown so much with your defense as a member of the Grizzlies. Has your focus been to come out and shut down your guy before thinking about scoring? Tony Allen: First thing’s first, I’m coming in here just to compete—at any part of the game. Coach Pressey used to tell me, ‘It’s a game ...
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