Rudy Gay claps back at Tony Allen's 'grit and grind' jab
"Grit and Grind," has been the Grizzlies' motto for several seasons.
It's meant to demonstrate Memphis' hard-nosed, blue-collar, hard-working, never-give-up attitude on the floor - something the San Antonio Spurs have experienced in their playoff battles versus the Grizzlies.
For several seasons, the newest member of the Spurs, Rudy Gay, was part of that "grit and grind" culture as is his former teammate - Tony Allen - who is the poster child for that motto.
But now that Gay is a Spur, Allen took his opportunity to take a verbal shot at Rudy and reveal the genesis of the "grit and grind" motto. According to Tony, it was born in large part by his former teammate sitting out a game.
“To make a long story short, we win. Y’all can YouTube this too, in case you think it’s fabricated. I was so upset with Rudy for not playing … I end up having 27 points, eight rebonds and like five steals. Mind you, I hadn’t played in 22-some-odd games, and this is to let you know how in shape I was. Durant had like 35, but they lost. When they gave me my interview, the first thing I said was, ‘It’s just all heart. Grit and grind.’ That’s how that phrase blossomed in Memphis. I was still upset. That was really a jab at Rudy Gay.”
Enter Gay who responded to Allen's verbal jab.
Is it me or is this offseason been full of drama from NBA players?
Anyhow, players sitting out games isn't anything new. It happens. Besides, this happened in 2011. I guess time hasn't allowed Allen to get over it.
In addition, I am sure Allen has sat out of plenty of games in his career, even in key games. He isn't the NBA's ironman nor has played all 82-games in a regular-season plus each postseason game in his career.