With all the drama currently swirling around his team, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen went on a Memphis radio station on Wednesday afternoon for an animated and interesting interview.
He talked about plenty of subjects with ESPN 92.9's Chris Vernon (which you can listen to here), including a few Thunder-related, with the bitter taste of playoff elimination still lingering.
The first OKC topic was Thunder rookie center Steven Adams (at the 8:05 mark). For Game 7 of the Grizzlies-Thunder series, All-Star Zach Randolph was controversially suspended for a swift punch to Adams' jaw that occured late in Game 6, which some have argued was just a 'closed-fist push'.
Allen, still seething over what he thought was a series-altering altercation and proceeding suspension, was asked how much he hated Adams -- a hard-nosed rookie who has already become known as an agitator -- on a scale of 1-10
"Oh, man. I’m almost over that, man," Allen told the station. "I’m like 50, I’m like 50 right now. Because that’s one of his tactics. You don’t have to just play. That’s a measly guy. You don’t have the shine to do that, you guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature."
"It’ll catch back up with him," Allen said. "Somebody gonna probably hit him and it’s not gonna be a push next time. He better be careful who he doing that stuff to. You know what I mean, it’s for real. If Z-Bo woulda really punched him, he would have been, you know (Vernon: "Out?") exactly. He playing those cheap shot games, it’s gonna catch up with him."
Following the exchange about Adams and Randolph, Allen was later asked about Kevin Durant (at the 13:19 mark). The Thunder's superstar forward and league MVP has had a inconsistent playoff run, which included his fair share of struggles with Allen as his primary defender in the first round and has continued into OKC's current series with the Spurs.
While complimentary, Allen had a friendly suggestion for Durant's game: Be more aggressive.
"I think if Kevin Durant had the mentality that three things are going to happen – I’m going to score, get fouled or get an assist – and put the pressure on them like Westbrook, his mentality, I think the series go a whole different way," Allen said. "I don’t think Durant be aggressive enough. It should be smooth sailing for him...I just think he gifted, He’s 6-10 with a jumper like that and a handle like that, I just believe you could put more pressure on a defense."