The Memphis Grizzlies announced this week that they will retire the jerseys of two franchise icons during the 2021-22 season. First, the team will retire with the number 50 Zach Randolph jersey on Saturday, December 11th when they face the Houston Rockets. Then on Friday, January 28, the team will honor Tony Allen by sending his number 9 jersey to the rafters when they play the Utah Jazz.
Tony Allen heard the news on The Chris Vernon Show.
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These two players were part of the “Grit and Grind” era which was the most famous track of Memphis. The team ran seven consecutive playoffs from 2011-17, with a trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013.
Randolph was a two-time All-Star, averaging 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during his NBA career. While preparing for Memphis, he led the team in scoring three times.
Allen averaged 8.9 points per game during his seven years in Memphis, but he was the most versatile defender on the team and helped establish a defensive identity with a solid defensive reputation.