Grayson Allen Is Embracing His Role As The White Devil...Ahem...Dukie By Taking Flopping To Unforeseen Levels
You see that play right there? The one where a ratty looking white boy let the footsteps of a much more athletic player effect him enough to miss a wide open lay-up before he shamelessly threw himself on the ground without being touched in the slightest? That play required so little self respect that - ironically enough - I almost have to respect it. Grayson Allen literally values two points in the first half of a late December college basketball game against an inferior opponent over an semblance of his own pride. He doesn't have a single shred of integrity, but he's got what it takes to win basketball games in Durham, North Carolina. Too often athletes are afraid to play the "villain" in sports, but take one look at the expression of pure anquish on Grayson Allen's face as he misses an uncontested, point blank shot without being contacted and tell me he's not fully committed to sacrificing any ounce of likability to make even smallest contribution to a victory. You can't even say - with a straight face - that the guy that had the wherewithal to act like he was sniped out of mid-air before he even knew he completely botched the easiest play in basketball values his reputation over a single free throw. That doesn't make him the type of person you'd want to encounter in any other aspect of life, but it does make him the type of person you'd want forcing the referee's whistle - by any means necessary - in a close game. This is more than likely recency bias but I think he might be the Dukiest Dukie since Christian Laettner, and - unfortunately for every team that has dignity - that lends itself to success.