Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer defended Grayson Allen after the Flagrant-2 foul he committed on Alex Caruso on Friday night.
Allen took Caruso out of the air with both hands in a fast-break dunk attempt, causing the Bulls guard to fall, fracturing his right wrist. Caruso said his wrist was “a little bruised” initially after the game, but scans eventually revealed the fracture.
The injury will require surgery and Caruso is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
Before Saturday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer defended his player, insisting it wasn’t foul play on his part.
“It’s something I’ve spent part of the day thinking about. I’m going to visit Grayson for many reasons, more to see how he’s doing.” Budenholzer said. “I could go on with Grayson since he’s been here, and really since he’s been in the league. I think he’s been great for us. He’s competitive. He does a lot of things that are about winning. Our locker room loves him, I love him.
“Competition is tough and there are things that happen in games that are unfortunate. I know Caruso is going to miss some time and I feel sorry for him. I don’t want that for any of our opponents, for anyone. But there’s nothing that was done intentionally. “.
Members of the Bulls staff, including head coach Billy Donovan, were furious with Allen after the game and called on the league to take a good look at the incident.
“For Alex to be in the air and for [Allen] taking him down like that, it could have ended his career,” Donovan said. “He has a history of this. That to me was really… it was really dangerous. I hope the league takes a hard look at something like that because that could have hurt him very, very seriously.”
The Bulls and Bucks will meet next Friday, March 4 in Chicago.