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Grizzlies icon Tony Allen reacts to Mike Conley finally making All-Star game

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Mike Conley Jr. is finally an NBA All-Star. It’s a bittersweet moment for Memphis Grizzlies fans hearing the news about Conley.

On the one hand, the 14-year drought for the well-deserving star has finally come to an end. Gone are the days where Mike gets name-dropped as the headliner for All-Star snubs lists.

But at the same time, it’s a little bit sad to see it happen with him wearing anything but a Grizzlies jersey. After a horrid inaugural season with the Utah Jazz, Mike Conley has bounced back in a big way. He’s been vital in propelling their squad to the best record in the NBA at 27-9.

His long-time teammate and Grit and Grind brother Tony Allen was nothing but happy for the star. The backcourt tandem spent seven seasons together in Memphis, with multiple playoff battles and defensive stands.

Conley spent his first 12 seasons with the Grizzlies after being drafted by the squad in 2007. The team’s playoff runs began with the arrival of Tony Allen in 2010 from the Boston Celtics. While Conley and Marc Gasol were the stars that gave Memphis it claws to face off against the more talent-laded rosters in the Western Conference, Allen provided the heart and soul that came to define the Grizzlies throughout the decade.

Tony Allen’s well-wishes towards Conley’s All-Star selection echo the sentiments of every single Grizzlies fan that stood by their squad throughout all the battles.

Mike Conley may be representing the Utah Jazz for his first All-Star game, but he’ll definitely have Grizzlies nation backing him.