The Bulls announced Saturday that Alex Caruso will need surgery after fracturing his right wrist on a Flagrant 2 foul by Bucks guard Grayson Allen.
Injury update: Alex Caruso will have surgery early next week and will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks after suffering a fractured right wrist in last night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 22, 2022
Caruso was pushing the ball in transition in Chicago’s game against Milwaukee on Friday night when Allen came up to block and tore Caruso’s arm.
Allen was automatically ejected from the game, and Caruso is now expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to the injury he sustained from foul play. This is a huge blow to Caruso, who has played a big role as the Bulls’ defensive blocker this season.
The play also adds to a long list of similar antics by the Bucks point guard. Here’s a look back at how Allen earned his dirty reputation.
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Timeline of Grayson Allen’s dirty tricks
Allen to start has a five minute (!) compilation of dirty plays and moments on YouTube from his time at Duke. That just shows there’s a history here.
Duke took several dirty plays to take action, but finally, in 2016, Allen was suspended “indefinitely” after blatantly trying to trip an Elon player while driving to the basket.
This was far from the first case, it was his third tripping incident alone, actually, as he he had already been caught tripping a Louisville player the previous season. It also had some other low-light moments, like throwing a random hip check on a fast break against North Carolina which resulted in a Flagrant 1 foul.
The embarrassing part is that Allen’s “indefinite” suspension only lasted one game.
You can watch the full five-minute video below.
However, this trend was not squashed once he reached the NBA.
In the 2019 NBA Summer League, Allen was ejected from a game after committing not one, but two flagrant fouls on Celtics forward Grant Williams.
It continued into 2020 when Allen and Hawks star guard Trae Young had a back-and-forth Twitter exchange over a play Young deemed dirty.
Allen didn’t seem to agree with Young’s assessment.
Allen hasn’t had a chance to address his most recent incident, but Caruso shared his thoughts with the media after the game.
“The guy just caught me in the air. It was kind of bulls,” the Bulls guard said.
Now that Caruso’s injury has been confirmed, it will be interesting to see if the NBA goes ahead with the suspension of the Bucks shooting guard. Please check back for updates on the situation.