Grayson Allen’s turbulent history with the Bulls continued Wednesday night.
This time it was Chicago All-Star DeMar DeRozan who tangled with the Bucks guard, and he wasn’t happy about the altercation.
With less than seven minutes remaining in the third and the Bucks up 66-62, Allen was fouled by Bulls forward Patrick Williams on a moving screen. Allen then appeared to stiffen DeRozan from behind, knocking him to the ground.
DeRozan immediately stood up and charged at Allen, who held out his arms, seemingly confused by the reaction. That’s when two Bucks players stepped in to separate the rivals.
Meanwhile, Adam Amin and Stacey King, who were on the show for NBC Sports Chicago, roasted Allen for his history of dirty games.
“That’s why people have a problem with Grayson Allen,” Amin said.
“Let me tell you something, someone has to give him a two-piece. I guarantee you he will stop doing this. Someone pops the side of his head multiple times, he’ll stop doing that because he gets too far away. He does this all the time, and looks at his teammates, they know what’s going on.
“He has a story. What he did to Alex Caruso last year was dirty,” King said, to which Amin agreed, adding, “I don’t doubt there’s some remorse in that guy for that, but why? do you keep doing things over and over since Duc.”
King disagreed, saying, “There is no remorse. He’s been doing it since Duke.
Amin said, “There’s no point… stupid, stupid, dirty times.”
Williams was the only player called for a foul on the play, with Allen claiming the collision with DeRozan was accidental.
“I got pushed into the screen,” Allen told ESPN after the game. “I was trying to slide around the corner and I ran into him.”
DeRozan, however, said he thought it was an “overkill”, and references Allen’s history with physical games.
“I just felt the hit,” DeRozan said after finishing with 42 points in Chicago’s 119-113 overtime win. “I just felt like I walked through the middle of a football game, trying to catch a slot road and got hit.
“It’s his record. If it was [the Houston Rockets’] boban [Marjanovic], I would have done nothing. I didn’t know if it was on purpose or what had happened; I just felt an excessive blow.
Allen and the Bulls have a history of hate.
In January, Allen committed a flagrant foul 2 on Bulls goaltender Alex Caruso, who suffered a fractured right wrist in the incident. Allen was ejected from the contest and later received a one-game suspension.
When Allen returned to Chicago in April, he received the villain treatment with United Center fans cheering after he was knocked to the ground by Bulls center Nikola Vucevic as he headed for the basket.