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Tony Allen on Steven Adams: ‘That’s just a measly guy’

May 23, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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Thunder center Steven Adam’s quietly impressive rookie season was overshadowed by one skill – his ability to take punch/flagrant foul.

Adams repeatedly got under opponents’ skin to the point they couldn’t stop attacking him.

Most notably, Zach Randolph hit him in the face and was suspended for Game 7 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series, which Oklahoma City won.

Chris Vernon of 92.9 FM asked Allen how much he hated Allen on a scale of 1-10 (hat tip: Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman):

I’m almost over that, man. I’m like 50. I’m like 50 right now. Because that’s one of his tactics. You don’t have to just play. That’s just a measly guy.

You don’t have the shine to do that, you guys up throwing cheap shots, things of that nature.

It’ll catch back up with him. Somebody is going to probably hit him, and it’s not going to be a push next time. You know what I’m saying? He better be careful who he doing that stuff to. You know what I mean? It’s just like, for real, if you think about it, if Z-Bo would have really punched him, for real, c’mon, he would have been… (Vernon: “Out?”) … exactly. Keep playing those cheap-shot games, somebody is going to catch up with him.

Maybe next season we’ll see the limit of how far Adams will go to bait an opponent. Tony Allen is one player you don’t want to cross.

  1. sellahh - May 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Adams is so Rodman-ish. 10/10. Love the guy.

    • m4a188 - May 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      minus the impact on the court.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM


    • denverhoopdreams - May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Guy is a Punk and is nothing like the Worm. The Worm gets loads of respect before this guy even gets an oz.

  2. cantonb0und13 - May 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    By watching the last two games of the Thunder-Spurs series, Adams shows more heart than Kevin Durant. Apparently, Serge Ibaka is the real MVP.

  3. cantonb0und13 - May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Durant = Mr. Unpredictable … One night Durant looks good, next game looks like J.R. Smith, next night looks like Dirk Nowitzki, then the next game he looks like Mark Sanchez again.

    • spthegr8 - May 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      ^^^ You do know this is a Basketball website, right.?? ^^^

  4. thenew013 - May 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    ummmm guys flop. That is a part of the game now. If Z-Bo had done the same thing to LeBron he would of flown into the stands and grimaced for 5 minutes. Its sad he has to call out the white boy when EVERYBODY FLOPS. Steves reaction was no different than 90% of NBA players if put in that same situation. The other 10% probably would have tried to fight him.

    • xmen1906 - May 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      ummmm, what are you talking about? Did I miss the comments about flopping?

      • thenew013 - May 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        “It’s just like, for real, if you think about it, if Z-Bo would have really punched him, for real, c’mon, he would have been… (Vernon: “Out?”) … exactly”

        no, but you obviously did.

    • thenew013 - May 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      the no you obviously did was a fail on me, but as you should be able to see in the quote Tony is giving me the impression that he felt Adams exaggerated the fall so….that’s a flop to me

      • markdamack - May 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        I believe what he’s saying is “He’s lucky Z-bo didn’t really go after him and punch him, and just did this little punch push thing” because Adams didn’t flop over and act like he was hurt, he went on about his business. He’s saying if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to get KTFO for real.

        I’m a grizzlies fan, and the guy gets on my damn nerves. However, if he was on the grizzlies i’d love him

      • bougin89 - May 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Yeah, Allen is saying if Randolph would have r e a l l y hit him he would have knocked Adams out. Randolph didn’t bring the haymaker he just kind of pushed/slightly punched him…

      • bigmeechy74 - May 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        your reading comprehension sucks. That isn’t what he was talking about at all. You must not have even seen the play. Adams didn’t react at all. He didn’t even acknowledge that he got hit. He didn’t flop. What tony allen was saying is that next time someone might REALLY punch him in the face. Do you understand now or should I go through it again?

    • denverhoopdreams - May 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      No one missed anything. Tony Allen was just saying that it wasn’t a punch. Not anything about flopping. Adam was still pushed and reacted to the push, officials called it a punch…

    • fanofthegame79 - May 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      @thenew013 Adams took that push/punch from Z-Bo like a champ. He got hit/pushed and he simply went with the direction of the contact and went right back on the court to play – he literally did a half-arc. But I don’t think he flopped on that play. I don’t think it warranted a suspension for Randolph…but Adams didn’t flop to call attention to the hit/push either.

    • prokilla - May 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      LOL, very funny..

  5. reesesteel23 - May 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Adams doesn’t even do anything wrong. He’s just not a little b**** like most players these guys go up against. He never does anything illegal. He makes your job difficult and if you have to resort to punching a rookie in the face, you suck at your job.

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Kudos to that…

      And if you don’t high five him back, he just high fives himself!

      God I loved that.

      This kid is good. No, not KD good but NO team has 5 KD’s or 5 LBJ’s…

      He’ll still get better, a good back up big, min’s off the bench, positive contributions.

      A 13 YEAR vet in Z-Bo got PUNKED by a ROOKIE.

      It’s supposed to be the other way around with vets schooling the rookies… but it was the 13 yr veteran that was suspended for game 7 and NOT the rookie.

      THAT CANNOT happen to a 13 yr vet.

      Z-Bo is IMPORTANT to the Griz and really affected them by not being available.

      Z-Bo is a lot more important to the Griz than Adams is to the Thunder at this stage, not even close.

      Z-Bo, the lesson is NOT that difficult to learn and you’ve had 13 seasons in which to learn it…

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Was this supposed to be a rap or something

      • denverhoopdreams - May 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        “Was this supposed to be a rap or something”


      • kissyoursorrybooty - May 24, 2014 at 5:22 AM

        Hahaaaa Tony Allen just sour that a rookie got the better of Z Bo and his team got eliminated by a better team. Adams didn’t even react to Z Bos punch and he didn’t react to Vince Carter’s elbow either, yet TA thinks Adams is “measley”? I’d love TA to step to Adams.. see what happens.

  6. ravenswhat - May 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Cry some more tony. Sounds like you need thicker skin.

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      evidently he has the same level of intelligence as Z-Bo…

      Not sure how a 13 yr vet gets punked by a rookie, in the playoffs no less…

      Z-Bo is much more valuable to his team than Adams too…

      Tim Duncan would not have responded the same way Z-Bo did… Duncan would have been available for game 7 as would most vets that have 13 yrs in the league…

      Tony sounds like he could easily be taken in by a rookie too…

      What team wouldn’t love to have an opponents top player or 2nd best player sit out a game 7?

  7. antistratfordian - May 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    What do you expect on a team with dirty bigs like Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka? Adams is just carrying the torch.

  8. mackcarrington - May 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    If someone does eventually punch Adams out, then that player would get a multi game suspension and Adams wins.
    But that’s not going to happen. If nobody punched out Bill Laimbeer in the old NBA, nobody is going to punch Adams in today’s NBA. If Adams provokes someone to punch him, it would only show how soft the league has become.

  9. thenew013 - May 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Yeah I didn’t see the play

  10. titansbro - May 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Hey sports fan, can you tell me how many years Randolph has been in the league?

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