Tony Allen and Zach Randolph were an important part of the “Core Four” for the Memphis Grizzlies back in the day. Because of their contributions to the organization, it appears their jerseys will both be retired in the rafters during the 2021/22 season, per Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
With this honor, the two Grizzlies legends will be the first players to have their numbers retired in franchise history. Randolph will see his jersey rise on December 11th against the Houston Rockets, while Allen’s will hang in the rafters as of January 28th against the Utah Jazz.
The “Grit and Grind” era for the Grizzlies enjoyed their fair share of success. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol rounded out the group and Memphis already said back in 2019 that both players will receive a similar honor when they retire from the NBA.
During the Core Four’s time together, the Grizzlies made the playoffs in seven straight seasons from 2011 to 2017. Randolph was a forceful big man, while Allen is one of the best defenders we’ve seen in the last 20 years. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen still attend many games and are extremely supportive of the direction the franchise is heading with Ja Morant front and center.
The “Grit and Grind” era paved the way for the Grizzlies’ success. All four players created an identity that has been a huge piece of this organization to this day.