I Can't Say That Grayson Allen Intentionally Trucked An FSU Assistant, So Maybe He Did Learn From His Mistakes
I said it before and I'll say it again, there was no way that a one game "indefinite" suspension was going undue a lifetime of training to be the world's most insufferable douchebag. I don't care if Coach K. is such an insightful father figure that he has Mr. Feeny coming to him for neighborly advice, because nothing done or said over the course of a week was going to get the most hatable athlete in all of sports to become a more tolerable human being.
Fortunately for Grayson Allen, that wasn't at all necessary. You see, he never needed to change his ways. He just needed to "clean" up his act. He didn't need to start playing the game the "right" way. He just needed to be a little more discrete while playing the game the wrong way. Given his history, I do think he attempted tocup check a Boston College player that went to set a screen on him just as I think he threw a little more weight into his body check of a Florida State assistant coach. However, it's become clear that his short time in street clothes did take one thing away from us and that is the ability to definitively say that his shenanigans are intentional.
They may still leave people laying in his wake, but at least his foot is no longer extended three feet from his body as they do so. He will never again get the benefit of the doubt, but if he keeps up his ever-so-slight subtlety then he'll never again face Duke-administered discipline. Grayson Allen didn't have to stop being an uncontrollable asshole, he just had to provide his head coach a navigable path to justifying his actions as an uncontrollable asshole. You can at least argue that the two situations that he's found himself in since returning were caused by basketball plays. That's more than can be said for his blatant trips of opponents. That may not be enough ambiguity for you or me, but it's just enough for a program that has a decorated history of entitled dickheads.