We have a Tayshaun Prince sighting. Well, what’s left of him. Tayshaun was spotted at FedEx Forum yesterday, Tuesday October 22nd, after a disappearance lasting more than a week. He was said to look like a ghost (insert pale joke here), after losing 12 to 15 pounds due to a debilitating stomach ailment.
Lost 12 to 15 pounds? Tayshaun? No wonder no one could find him.
So… we had conducted a poll ( found here ) in which readers selected the most likely reasons for Prince vanishing. Losing 15 pounds was not one of the choices. At the moment, “On the shelf awaiting a trade” is leading in a landslide, with “Abducted by aliens” also getting plenty of burn.
Poll results (at the moment).
- On the shelf awaiting a trade (52%)
- Undisclosed physical ailment (22%)
- Abducted by aliens (13%)
- Stomach Bug (9%)
- Other – explain in comments (4%)
Even combining Undisclosed and Stomach Bug, apparently most readers felt something was up by suspecting a trade announcement.
Tayshun is being shelved for potential trade to an alien race who want him so they can harvest the stomach bug inside of him which can be used to develop an antivirus to cure undisclosed physical problems which the aliens can then sell to NBA teams to cure/treat players which may or may not be suffering from undisclosed physical problems.
- One of the explanations for voting “Other”
So, Tayshaun acknowledged that he’s feeling quite stale and weak and that he couldn’t eat for most of the past week.
This still undisclosed condition had Prince unable to attend practices, let alone any preseason games. Even now, Prince still isn’t working at full speed.
“It’s a big setback but I’ll take it day by day,” Prince said. “I’ll try to do more and more each day.”
His routine recently has been nothing more than light jogging on a treadmill. Prince acknowledged that he’s experienced a similar illness in the past and that this will soon pass. That does not sound good!
Prince had come in to training camp appearing to be in excellent physical condition, looking strong and healthy at the Grizzlies’ open practice in Nashville. A week or so later, at a public workout in Memphis, Prince looked like a ghost.
“This has lasted longer than anyone expected,” Prince said of his illness. “I thought it’d just be a few days.”
Let’s hope Tayshaun is healthy and works his way back into top physical condition. He can be an important piece for the Grizzlies this year.
If you doubt that Prince can make a significant contribution based on his performance in last season’s playoffs, remember this. Tayshaun was doing very well until he was brutalized by Nick Collison during the second round series against the Thunder, and was suffering from a hip injury for the remainder of that series and the entire Western Conference Finals against the Spurs.
Good luck Tayshaun. Godspeed, and Go Grizz!