Duke’s Coach K suspends Allen
durham, n.c.» Grayson Allen’s latest antics may have tripped up the Duke men’s basketball team again.
The No. 5 Blue Devils have had a full roster for only three days this season. And after Allen tripped yet another opponent, it’s not clear when they will have a complete lineup again.
Allen was suspended indefinitely from the team Thursday after the AllAmerica junior guard tripped an Elon player Wednesday night in Greensboro — the third time Allen has been involved in a tripping incident this calendar year.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski explained the suspension of Allen in a brief statement, saying the Blue Devils “needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke basketball.”
Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said sportsmanship is “one of the core values of our league” and that Allen’s suspension “demonstrates adherence to this important principle.”
The growing concern is that Allen continues to repeat what Duke and the ACC deem to be unacceptable behavior. Allen tripped Louisville and Florida State players in games last winter.
Krzyzewski has not decided whether Allen will practice during his suspension or how long it will last.
Duke doesn’t play again until Dec. 31, when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech in their ACC opener. After that are home games against two lower-tier ACC teams — Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, Boston College three days later — before a trip to No. 21 Florida State on Jan. 10.
“It’s not like you give a suspension and it’s all over,” Krzyzewski said Thursday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “It’s a learning experience, and I’m going to use it as that and as a teaching moment. A teaching moment does not stop by giving one game. Maybe that’s what it is; I don’t know that right now.”