Time for a check-up
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Players and coaches collide on the sidelines during basketball games with some frequency. It’s an occupational hazard. Coaches can’t sit still. Players dive after loose balls all over the court and make desperate efforts to save balls from going out of bounds. So what happened between Duke’s Grayson Allen and Florida State assistant coach Dennis Gates on Tuesday was just part of college basketball. Gates has been adamant that what Allen did wasn’t a dirty play, it was a “hustle” play, just part of the game. Sounds correct. Soon after that play, Allen suffered a head injury, left the game and didn’t return. No one wants to see any player hurt. We hope Allen has a quick recovery.
Regardless of when he plays again, Allen will be the most scrutinized player in the country. His every move on the court will be watched. Cameras will be on him, waiting for his next egregious violation of sportsmanship and basketball rules.
Allen brought this on himself. Three times within a 10month period, he was caught tripping another player. When Allen committed his third offense, against Elon on Dec. 21, then had a tantrum on the Duke bench, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Allen indefinitely.
That lasted one game, an 89-75 loss at Virginia Tech.
Allen was back in action against Georgia Tech, a 11057 victory, Boston College,
Duke junior guard Grayson Allen has drawn the ire of fans and college basketball analysts for tripping three players over the past two seasons.