Former Oklahoma State star Tony Allen will have his jersey retired in the FedEx Forum rafters, per a release.
Allen is now with the New Orleans Pelicans after seven seasons with Memphis. For his efforts with the Grizzlies, Robert J. Pera, controlling owner of the Grizzlies, said in a statement Allen’s No. 9 jersey will be retired along with Zach Randolph’s one day.
“Tony was a driving force behind the Grizzlies’ seven straight playoff appearances and he remains a beloved member of the Memphis community,” Pera said in a statement. “Tony played with a level of passion that is unrivaled. He helped establish a Grizzlies culture focused on toughness and effort, and he challenged every player that put on Beale Street Blue to match his fiery intensity.”
Allen was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2003 and Player of the Year in 2004 while at Oklahoma State. He helped the Cowboys reach the 2004 Final Four before the Celtics took the Chicago native with the No. 25 overall pick in the NBA draft.
He spent the first half of his career in Boston and won an NBA championship in 2008. He later signed with Memphis, where he was a key contributor to the Grizzlies’ consistently strong defense and was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive team three times as a first-team selection and three times as a second-team selection.