At Duke, Grayson Allen repeatedly tripped opponents. That ignited a national discussion of whether Allen was a good person, dirty player, both or neither. Especially considering his college team, he became a villain – embraced (enabled?) by the Blue Devils and loathed by everyone else.
Allen entered the NBA with a chance for a somewhat fresh start. But beginning his career with the Jazz, he brought similar nonsense to the court.
After being traded to the Grizzlies in the Mike Conley deal, Allen again showed who he is. Allen got ejected from a summer-league game yesterday for flagrantly fouling Celtics rookie Grant Williams twice in succession.
The second flagrant foul was a little strange. Allen caught a lot of ball in what could’ve been a blocked shot. But he also wound up for a swing that doesn’t look like the typical approach for blocking a shot.
Allen deserves no benefit of the doubt.
The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.
Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.
That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.
At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.
What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?
Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.
Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.
Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.
The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.
NEW YORK (AP) New York Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett will miss at least a week with a sprained right ankle.
Barrett was hurt during the Knicks’ loss to Phoenix on Thursday. On Friday, he had X-rays, which were negative.
The Knicks announced afterward that Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week.
The No. 3 pick in the draft from Duke is averaging 14.1 points.