The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to prepare Grayson Allen for the boos he would face in Chicago and their preparation included booing Allen when he walked onto the team, arrived to the hotel lobby and they even booed him during film sessions and when he touched the ball in practice.
The Bucks' plan worked as Allen set playoff career-highs in Games 3 and 4 this weekend in Chicago. In a 111-81 Game 3 win over the Chicago Bulls, Allen scored 22 points. Two days later, Allen scored 27 points in a 119-95 Game 4 win.
"They have so much fun doing it," Allen said, per ESPN. "I think it's honestly hilarious. They've kind of turned it into a fun thing. It makes hearing it out there during the game a lot easier, too, because they think it's so funny."
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"It's not naturally comfortable for me," Allen said.
"I am to the point now, anytime I go out and play basketball, I just remind myself to go out and have fun with this. ... My personality is naturally uncomfortable with the attention, the booing, the heckling. It's not something I feed off of.
I'm not going out searching for it." Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo suggested booing Allen might be key to unlocking his best version. "He's played amazing, maybe we got to boo him even more," Antetokounmpo said with a smile after the game.
"Maybe Milwaukee fans, we got to boo him ... nah, we're not going to do that." The Bucks have several star numbers on their team but Allen is slowly establishing himself as one of the key pieces of the team. "He's kind of quiet, but confident," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Allen.
"I think this is a confident group, a group that sees a player that can help them and appreciates his competitiveness. He's just quiet, no bulls---, and comes to play. I think our guys gravitate towards that type of mentality. It's certainly been a good fit."
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