I used to love and fear Tayshaun Prince. He was the least lauded of the Go To Work Mini Dynasty but he was the most relatable. He didn’t have Chauncey’s low dribble menace or Rasheed’s jovial half insanity, or Ben’s heart and fearlessness, or Rip’s murderously aggravating mid-range daggers. But Tayshaun Prince was the misfit toy in the group, the young glue that held the boring craziness together. And plus, the block obviously, was a turning point in NBA lore. Unfortunately, the years haven’t exactly been kind to Tayshaun, who was never a superstar to begin with.
Yahoo News has reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, floundering on the outer peripheries of the playoffs (despite evidence of statistical prowess that belies their mediocre record), are interested in making a move for Prince. He was part of a three team trade last season that sent him to Memphis, only the second team he’s played for in a long and storied career (Olympic champion, NBA champion, looks the most like lurch champion).
With the Wolves and the Grizzlies possibly hashing out a deal, one has to wonder what it is exactly Minnesota thinks it is getting? Prince’s game has been on the decline for some time now. His defense, formerly his calling card, is no longer elite, and his shot, never a beautiful thing, has become dismal, as he is currently converting about 39% of his attempts. With names like Chase Budinger and JJ Barea being tossed about as swap-mates, it seems like Flip Saunders (who coached Prince in Detroit during the good ol’ days) may have the nostalgia bug and is hoodwinking himself into believing the Timberwolves are just ONE PIECE AWAY.
They may be, but Prince is definitely not that piece. And that’s coming from a Tayshaun Prince believer.