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Monday / December 9.
  • Grayson Allen’s Butt Trip gets the ‘Back that Azz Up’ Treatment

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    The Internet wasted no time in having fun with Grayson Allen’s butt trip.

    Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report set Allen’s hip check of North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks to Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up.”

    Late in the first half of North Carolina’s 74-69 win over Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday night, Allen, who already had a history of tripping, got a Flagrant-1 foul for hip-checking Brooks, who went down hard and stayed down in the backcourt as North Carolina scored. Officials stopped play and went to the courtside monitor to check a replay. Brooks was OK and made two free throws with 52.7 second left.

    “He was just running by me, I kind of feel like he stuck his leg out,” Brooks said. “But that’s what he does.”

    “Yeah, they got a fast break and I bumped him and fouled him,” said Allen, who was reprimanded by the ACC for tripping two opponents in his sophomore season.

    After Brooks addressed reporters in the locker room, a reporter gave Allen another chance to comment, at which point Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stepped in and answered.

    “That was another foul in a game,” Coach K said. “Do you think that was the only time someone was hipped in the game? If you look at the low post, it’s going on all the time.”

    Meantime, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry said they had no issues with Allen.

    “Any little trip he does, if he puts a finger on somebody, you know they’re going to react,” Berry said of the fans. “So it’s always a joking thing with me and Grayson. I don’t have any hatred towards him. We’re good friends. We’re both from Florida, and we played with each other. But I just told him that you’ve just got to watch yourself because anything you do like that you know they’re going to get on you about. That’s why we laughed it off.”

    Said Pinson: “All of us are good friends. Me and Joel played with him on the same team in the summer. There was nothing — we’re cool with him. Just after the game we told him good game and stuff like that.”

    (The AP contributed)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.