As the Memphis Grizzlies get ready to wrap up their preseason tomorrow night against the New Orleans Pelicans, the franchise has revealed that they will retire former Grizz Guard Tony Allen’s #9 jersey in FedEx Forum.
Grizzlies owner Robert Pera announced that Tony Allen’s No. 9 “will hang in the rafters of FedExForum alongside (Zach Randolph’s) one day”.
This announcement comes one day before Allen and his New Orleans Pelicans squad take on the Grizzlies just six days before the Pelicans return to Memphis for their first regular season match up.
Team General Manager Chris Wallace credited Allen in a press release sent out by the team stating:
“Tony will forever be one of the Core Four responsible for the turnaround in the Memphis Grizzlies’ fortunes and our surge in popularity. 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. Tony and his family will be missed but his impact on the Grizzlies and Memphis will never be forgotten.”