Most analysis of Wednesday night's trades sending Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors, Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Jose Calderon to the Detroit Pistons has focused on what the swaps meant for the Raps' future or the Grizzlies' present. But the trade also meant something to the Pistons' past — by parting with veteran holdover Prince, the team had finally severed ties with the glory days of the 2000s and (Pistons fans hope) at long last begun focusing primarily on creating some new postseason memories in the years to come.
Still, when a guy's played his entire 11-year career in the home red, white and blue, it's only natural for fans to feel somewhat emotional about his departure ... especially when they only learn about it while sitting in the stands, wearing his jersey and waiting with bated breath for him to emerge from the tunnel, as this Pistons fan did prior to Wednesday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers:
I feel you, dog. It's hard to support the team when they trade your favorite player; I went through the same thing when the Knicks moved John Starks to Golden State back in 1998. Here's hoping Jose Calderon (and the potential for the Calderon/Greg Monroe and Calderon/Andre Drummond pick-and-roll game) can soothe your wounded soul like Latrell Sprewell soothed mine. Also, remember, Brandon Knight went to Kentucky, too, so you don't have to get rid of that T-shirt like you do the jersey. At least there's that.
It's just a shame that there wasn't enough time before tipoff for the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast to show a guy taking off his Austin Daye jersey in despair to reveal a Gonzaga T. I guess we'll just have to envision that in our mind's eyes.
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