Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Roy Williams Says Grayson Allen Scrutiny Blown ‘Way Out of Proportion’
Ahead of the big North Carolina-Duke game on Thursday night, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams came to the defense of Duke junior guard Grayson Allen.
Williams said the scrutiny Allen receives is “way, way, way blown out of proportion,” per the News & Observer.
“I see him trying to get over a screen and everybody here try it,” Williams said. “You put all your weight on one foot, what does your other leg do? It goes back. So I see all those things. I think he’s a wonderful kid who he himself, and Mike (Krzyzewski) himself, has said has made some mistakes.”
Allen has been involved in multiple tripping incidents and this season received an indefinite suspension for tripping an Elon player. That suspension ended up lasting one game.
Carolina point guard Joel Berry also chimed in on the media’s coverage of Allen and on Allen walking through the N.C. State huddle during a recent game.
“They try to find the littlest things, but that’s what happens,” Berry said. “That’s what media does, and it’s all a part of it. I think now with him being (on) the radar like he is, he just has just be twice as good. You can’t just get into situations where like I think N.C. State, he tried to walk through their huddle.
“You might as well just walk around the huddle. … You might as well just try to stay out of the media.”
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.