Grayson Allen to address tripping before draft

In case you’re not familiar with Grayson Allen’s body of work at Duke, he’s got a reputation for controversial plays and tripping incidents that come with his talent and intensity.

Now that he’s headed to the NBA, he’s bringing that baggage with him, but he knows he’ll have to talk about it with franchises. Here’s what he told the media at Thursday’s NBA draft combine ( via Boston.com):

“You have to address it, for sure. It’s something that comes from my competitiveness. Competitiveness that I’ve had as a player, competitiveness that was pointed in the wrong direction and went over the line. It’s obviously something that I needed to work on and address.”

Allen said he’s gotten “a lot better” controlling his competitiveness, without losing it.

“It’s something you don’t want to put away,” he said. “You don’t want to put competitiveness and emotion away, so you learn to play with it. You learn to use it for your team. That’s what I’ve been saying.”

And maybe that’s what a contender with a late-first round pick might like. A team might also note that Allen had a pretty darn good combine:

Put all of that together and he could turn out to be an important part of an NBA rotation, maybe as a 3-and-D sparkplug?

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