Grayson Allen is a player that fans despise, and now his Bucks teammates are making fun of the booing Grayson.

Grayson Allen, who has been booed every time he’s touched the ball, didn’t seem to mind.

Allen will have to put up with the boos in Chicago for the rest of his life.
He earned those with that Flagrant 2, left block, right swipe foul against Bulls guard Alex Caruso in January, which earned him a one-game suspension as well as the wrath of Caruso and Bulls coach Billy Donovan.

But here’s what’s intriguing: how will Allen handle the good-natured booing… from his own team? Perhaps for the remainder of the playoffs?

After being blown away by Allen’s dominance in Chicago over the weekend in Games 3 and 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs, several Bucks players have taken to booing Grayson in jest.

Grayson Allen
Grayson Allen is a player that fans despise, and now his Bucks teammates are making fun of the booing Grayson.

The boos began in Game 3 a few days ago, and they continue to follow Allen wherever he goes, especially if teammate (and Wisconsinite) Wesley Matthews is present to nudge the teasing.

“Walk on the bus and say ‘Boo,'” Allen explained.

“In the hotel: ‘Boo,'” Allen continued.

“‘Bout to watch a movie: ‘Boo.'”

Allen’s comeback for his career-high 22 points off the bench in Game 3’s victory
Friday night was another career-playoff high 27 points in a 119-95 victory in Game 4 on Sunday afternoon. More jeers. From the sidelines. Which most likely drowned out a genuine “(Bleep) you, Grayson Allen” from a fan behind the Bucks’ basket at the end of the game.

“I had no idea…” said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
“Do they really do that?”
Whatever… whatever… it’s working, so…”

Allen shot 78.6 percent from three-point range (5-7, 6-7) in 53 minutes over the two games, so talking about being able to pass to him and count on a bucket could be a lot of fun…

“I think booing Grayson is more fun,” said fellow guard Jrue Holiday.
“I believe it began with the fans.”
When we start booing him, he starts hoopin’, so…Perhaps it means something to him.
Some form of assistance. I’m still going to boo the living daylights out of him.”
It has only reinforced Allen’s reputation, which began at Duke, as the vexing player who everyone despises — unless he’s on your team.

“I saw a picture of him having the ‘And-One’ in Game 3 — and the entire bench was booing him,” Bucks teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “I thought that was hilarious. He needs to take that picture and frame it.

“That is the definition of his career,” Giannis said. From the time Allen was introduced as a new Milwaukee Buck back in September, where he was reminded of his days at Duke and breaking the hearts of the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2015 NCAA tournament, to the revival of his old reputation for tripping and scrums in college, where he was also suspended a game, Allen has been met with a lukewarm welcome by some. Like the annoying friend in the group who everyone keeps around because they will be the designated driver?

“I think that’s his comfort zone, that’s what he’s used to,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said of the boos. “I think he prefers that to the cheers.” Actually, Allen, to his credit, does not fully embrace all of this.

He’s learning to roll with the punches, but that’s a different story.

“I’d still say it’s not naturally comfortable for me,” Allen said.
“But I’ve gotten to the point where, whenever I go out and play basketball, I just remind myself to have fun with it.” I guess you could say I’m having fun with it because I’m playing basketball.
That’s what I enjoy doing. “The ultimate joy out there for me is simply playing, having fun, and playing freely.” My personality, however, is uneasy with the attention. The boos. The jeering.
“It’s not like it’s something I feed on.” I’m not going out looking for it, like, “Oh, I really like this…”

But where would the Bucks be right now if Allen wasn’t there?
They’re 3-1 against the Bulls, with two blowout wins on the road where Milwaukee made it look easy, and Allen has really stepped up in the place of the injured Khris Middleton — literally and metaphorically.

Budenholzer stated that Allen’s ability to play in ways other than three-point shooting has added texture and depth to Milwaukee’s offensive schemes. Budenholzer singled out Allen for his excellence in playing basketball off the dribble, just as he did seven years ago against the Badgers.
“He’s got good feet and good hands,” Budenholzer said.
“He’s athletic, but he’s deceptive.”
His footwork is excellent. When you’re in his presence, you notice his finishing, his ability to put it on the glass with some spin. He has a lot of material to work with.

“The time he’s putting in to player development, and the time the assistants are putting in with him, is bearing fruit right now.”

Allen also had three steals, which was a source of pride given the Bucks’ need for improved defensive play.

After several other compliments, Antetokounmpo said of Allen, “He plays with a chip on his shoulder.” During the postgame, a Chicago journalist reminded Allen that he was booed here for that play on Caruso, and Allen added that he heard on a podcast that he never reached out to Caruso.

“Which I did try,” Allen admitted.
“I tried two different approaches.
And then, when I saw that (the podcast), I got another number from someone and tried to contact them again, but at that point, I wasn’t expecting a response.
It’s just that I want to inform him.

“It has more to do with something between me and him.”
So I don’t expect a response, and I doubt he’d want to.”
Caruso returned to the court on March 12 after missing 22 games due to wrist surgery to repair the injury sustained on the play with Allen.

Allen, for the most part, silenced a lot of people at the United Center by playing some of his best playoff basketball of his career and assisting the Bucks in their dominance.

But would he ever want to keep his friends quiet?

“No, they have so much fun doing it,” Allen said.
“I think it’s hilarious, I think it’s funny.”
They’ve turned it into a fun thing; hearing it out there during the game is also made easier because they think it’s so funny.”

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