MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tony Allen was filling up his tank at a gas station when he realized just what the Grizzlies' stunning run through the NBA playoffs mean to Memphis as Tennessee fends off the overflowing Mississippi.
Allen was wearing a Grizzlies' T-shirt with players pictured in a huddle with the words "Together we stand, divided we fall" when a woman approached him.
She didn't know who the Memphis guard was or ask for an autograph. The woman only wanted to know how she could get that T-shirt for herself.
The city of Memphis is painted Grizzlies' blue and yellow, and the team's surprising success is the perfect pick-me-up for a town dealing with a historical flood and desperate for a winner whose success can't be stripped away.