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Tayshuan Prince thriving with the Grizzlies


Until a few months ago, Tayshaun Prince had spent his entire pro career in Detroit. He was a reliable NBA veteran who fit comfortably in the Pistons’ offense. Over the past few years, the Pistons have been rebuilding and Prince’s relevance had kind of faded. That all ended when he was traded to Memphis. ESPN’s Justin Verrier has a lengthy profile of Prince, which describes how he helped the Grizzlies become a playoff team by providing an invaluable veteran presence and defensive energy:

Although stoic and shy, Prince didn’t hesitate to speak up, either. After Zach Randolph went off in the Grizzlies’ clinching Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers, entangling Blake Griffin and then smushing him, all while attempting to convey innocence every step of the way, Prince was the one in his ear trying to talk him down. Playing peacemaker comes naturally after six years with Rasheed Wallace.

“We knew Tayshaun when we acquired him,” Allen said. “We knew what his résumé was. When he got in here talkin’ what he was talkin’, our antennas was up.”

Tayshaun’s teammates say that being on a playoff team has rejuvenated the NBA vet, especially defensively. With Prince in the starting lineup, the Grizzlies’ defensive rating is second best among lineups with 50 minutes or more of playing time, and he’s averaging 33 minutes a game. While his offensive stats have dipped a bit since his days in Detroit, he’s filling a void the Grizzlies so desperately need. Plus, he’s having fun:

“This is an exciting time and a new chapter, in basketball and all different aspects,” he said. “I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

Get ’em, Tay.

[ESPN: Tayshaun Prince fits Memphis mix]

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9 Comments for Tayshuan Prince thriving with the Grizzlies

  1. Adam
    10:50 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    You gotta love Tayshaun!

  2. TDog
    10:51 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Chris Fey Jr. will be commiting to either UK or Mich St tomorrow via his Twitter feed.

  3. TDog
    10:52 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Woah nevermine. He sent that tweet last night. He will be commiting today around noon.

  4. Duuuuuude
    11:01 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    What kinds of references to Dakari Johnson’s unibrow can we make that will not cause trademark infringements with Anthony Davis?

  5. kadizkat
    11:45 am May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Great UK player, great pro, great ambassador for UK.

  6. Women Everywhere
    12:30 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    IMO Tubby’s best recruit. Great excuse to play ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ super loud

  7. John Ellis
    1:10 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby had many great recruits, still playing in the NBA, Hayes, Bogans, Rondo…Prince as a combination of talent, character and class may be the best overall UK player ever. A pity that supporting batch around him were so callow, most of them. He was a championship caliber player, like Issel.

  8. Stone Cold Willow's Old Teeth
    1:16 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    It’s clearly because he is donning the legendary #21 that he so awesomely wore as a cat!

  9. Wildcatsteeler
    5:25 pm May 15, 2013 Permalink

    One of my all time favorite players at UK. He’s had a stellar career and always as a humble gentleman. He shows you don’t have to be an arrogant braggart to excel in sports.