Tayshaun Prince took advantage of the All-Star break to return to Detroit a little earlier than required.
After spending 10 1/2 seasons with the Pistons, his home is still here, so he was in the Pistons' locker room after their victory over the Wizards on Wednesday to go into the break.
But he will step on the Palace floor tonight for the first time in the opposing team's colors when the Grizzlies and Pistons start the second half of the season.
Prince was one of the main pieces in the flurry of trade activity that brought the Pistons point guard Jose Calderon and sent Rudy Gay from the Grizzlies to the Raptors. As part of the deal, the Pistons also sent Austin Daye to the Grizzlies.
Everyone understands it's a business, but the longest-tenured member of the Pistons said it will be strange to see Prince in a different uniform.
"That will be awkward," Jason Maxiell said. "All through the years I'm used to seeing a 'Pistons' on his chest, but this is a business and you keep on moving forward.
"It's going to be different, but at the same time, it's going to be fun."
Tayshaun Prince to face Pistons for 1st time tonight
Detroit Free Press | Feb 19