Cory Brandt meets the man whose trade made him lose a layer. (Screencap via the Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Two Wednesdays ago, the Detroit Pistons took part in a three-team trade that sent small forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, point guard Jose Calderon to the Motor City and a trio of players to the Memphis Grizzlies. One of the Memphis three was small forward Tayshaun Prince, who had spent his entire 11-year career with the Pistons, played a key role on Detroit teams that made six straight Eastern Conference finals from 2002 through 2008, and offered strong two-way play on squads that came up about 10 minutes shy of back-to-back NBA titles under Larry Brown.
For one fan who learned of the deal at that Wednesday's Pistons/Indiana Pacers game, as you'll surely recall, the news of Prince's trade was just too much to bear. By Thursday afternoon, the fan's jersey-shedding reaction to Prince's departure was all over Internet hoops sites (including this one) and TV highlight shows, and the fan had become something of a viral video star. Now, thanks to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, we know more about the fan, whose name is Cory Brandt ... and thanks to the newspaper, the Grizzlies and their new swingman, Brandt and his family got an experience they'll never forget.Read More »from Fan who took off Pistons jersey post-Tayshaun Prince trade meets idol at Grizzlies game (VIDEO)