All D, All Day: How Tony Allen became the NBA’s best defender (via Sports on Earth)

The best all-purpose defender in the NBA loves to talk trash. But Tony Allen keeps that in his own locker room. He says nothing to the man he’s guarding. Not a word, not whisper, nothing about someone’s momma or girlfriend or even what he thinks about their breath. And yes, Allen is usually close enough to tell if they need an Altoid.

“I save my oxygen,” he explains, “because I don’t want to waste any energy I could be using to play the game.”

 

You wait for him to flash an I’m-kidding smile or jab an elbow into your ribs. Nothing. He can be quite funny and quirky and always seems to be cutting someone up. But about defense? Serious as a stroke. … Read More

(via Sports on Earth)

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