Tayshaun Prince was in a joking mood.
As he walked off the Palace floor following the Memphis Grizzlies’ shootaround this morning, he was asked whether he still keeps track of Detroit Pistons games.
He doesn’t have NBA League Pass on the TV at the hotel where he's living, but he does follow the scores. He noted the team’s 119-point outburst in beating the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 8.
“They should have traded me and Austin (Daye) a long time ago,” Prince joked. “We could only score 90 against the Bobcats.”
Prince was in good spirits as he prepared to face the Pistons tonight. He spent the first 10 1/2 seasons of his career in Detroit, and this will be the first time he faces his old team.
Prince was one of the main pieces in the three-team trade Jan. 30 that brought the Pistons point guard Jose Calderon and sent Rudy Gay from Memphis to the Toronto Raptors. The Pistons also sent Daye to the Grizzlies.
“To be honest with you, it didn’t feel different like I thought it would,” Prince said of arriving at the Palace this morning. “The only thing that felt different was my first game in Memphis.
“When I ran out that tunnel, I was like, 'This doesn’t feel right.' I’m pretty sure it will feel different tonight.”
Tayshaun Prince, at the Palace: 'I'm pretty sure it will feel different tonight'
Detroit Free Press | Feb 19