The Memphis Grizzlies announced Thursday that Tony Allen’s No. 9 jersey would be retired and hung from the rafters at the FedExForum on Friday, when Allen returns to Memphis with the New Orleans Pelicans in a preseason game.

General manager Chris Wallace said:

“Tony will forever be one of the Core Four responsible for the turnaround in the Memphis Grizzlies’ fortunes and our surge in popularity. There would never have been seven straight years of playoff appearances, the incredible electricity in FedExForum for home games, ‘Grit and Grind’ and ‘Believe Memphis’ without Tony Allen’s contributions to the team.

“In the process Tony became more than just one of the toughest defenders in the league—he became a true cult hero who was intertwined with the soul of Memphis like few athletes ever have in any city. Tony and his family will be missed but his impact on the Grizzlies and Memphis will never be forgotten.”