Tayshaun Prince fan lives his dream at Grizzlies game

Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince – photo by Ed Reinke | AP

Tayshaun Prince, a wily defender, has sneaked up on many unsuspecting people in his 10½-year 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 and surprise meeting with Prince for Brandt, wife Carrie and infant son Brandon. Brandt, a 27-year old graphic designer from Greenwood, Ind., was doing a interview with The Commercial Appeal when Prince appeared, sliding an arm around Brandt’s shoulders.

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