On the day Tayshaun Prince was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, there was one fan that felt almost the same as Tayshaun did at the time.
Cory Brandt was waiting on Tayshaun to leave the locker room and warm up, but as you know, he never came out.
Brandt finally got to meet Tayshaun Prince recently and it was hard to tell who was more excited.
This is an excerpt from the Commercial Appeal article which tells of Brandt and Prince’s story:
Tayshaun Prince, a wily defender, has sneaked up on many unsuspecting people in his 10½-year NBA career.
But the normally stoic Prince has rarely done it wearing such a wide smile as he did when the new Grizzlies forward met Cory Brandt before Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves in FedExForum.
Brandt was the fan caught on camera Jan. 30 in Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse just before the Pistons-at-Pacers tipoff, stripping off his Prince No. 22 Pistons jersey when he learned Prince was a no-show because he had just been traded to the Grizzlies.
The Commercial Appeal, in conjunction with the Grizzlies, organized a trip to Memphis and surprise meeting with Prince for Brandt, wife Carri and infant son Landon. Brandt, a 27-year-old graphic designer from Greenwood, Ind., was doing a video interview with The Commercial Appeal when Prince appeared, sliding an arm around Brandt’s shoulders.
“I know what you felt at the time, and I was going through it,” Prince told Brandt, presenting him with an autographed No. 21 Prince Griz jersey. “Things happen for a reason, that’s why you’re here today and why I’m here today. You touched a lot of people in my family and I just want to say thanks for what you did.”
Only a Kentucky fan…wouldn’t you agree?