Utah Jazz rookie Grayson Allen sets tone during NBA Summer League that he’s no pushover

LAS VEGAS — It’s safe to say that Grayson Allen isn’t making any new friends outside of Salt Lake City.

And it doesn’t bother the Utah Jazz rookie one bit, either.

Although it’s Summer League, the former Duke star isn’t backing down from anyone.

“You can’t back down. Once you back down, they see food and they just get right back at you again, so I’m trying to set the tone for myself, now so when it carries on to the regular season, I know what to do.”

In Thursday’s Utah Jazz Summer League finale, he stood up to No. 5 pick Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter after being tangled up while trying to contest his shot. Allen hooked his arms around Young’s shoulder, which drew minor commotion and both players were hit with technical fouls.

Then in Utah’s Summer League opener against the Portland Trail Blazers at Cox Pavilion on Saturday, Allen was once again caught up in a skirmish.

This time, Portland’s Wade Baldwin IV was ejected for shoving Allen in the face in the fourth quarter. Baldwin ended with a game-high 20 points and five assists before being ejected, while Allen posted 16 points, six rebounds and five assists on 6-for-17 shooting as the Jazz fell 93-78.

Wade Baldwin ejected for a ‘hostile act’ after hitting Grayson Allen in the face pic.twitter.com/QmkmBlRr03

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But more importantly, Allen is proving something to himself in these heated situations.

“It’s not necessarily important for league-wide right now, but it’s important for yourself,” said Allen, who was selected 21st overall in the draft. “I have to set the tone with myself. I have to know playing in the NBA as a rookie, guys are going to be physical with you, they’re going to come at you, …read more

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