BREAKING: The Memphis Grizzlies have announced they will retire Tony Allen’s No. 9 jersey on Friday, October 13th when he returns to Memphis as a New Orleans Pelican.
Grizzlies General manager Chris Wallace said:
“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.”
Allen was an NBA All-Defensive first-team selection three times and All-Defensive second-teamer an additional three times with the Grizzlies.