With Tayshaun Prince struggling early in the season, Dan and I both wondered why the Pistons didn’t just sit him a game or two to rest rather than continue playing him during an unrelenting schedule. Predictably, Prince, who has rarely missed games in his career, chose not to sit. From David Mayo of MLive:
Prince, who once played every game of four consecutive seasons, said he had to decide whether the injury would shelve him.
“It was just a situation where, do I sit out a couple games and get this thing right, or do I want to try to get some early chemistry with my guys, right away, and win or lose, build some chemistry in a short season?” he said. “I felt my best option was to play a little bit, try to get something going. Obviously, it didn’t work out. But I’m glad I did it, because if I would’ve sat out, who knows how long it would’ve taken for me to get my leg in game shape?”
Mayo also reported that although Prince says he’s healthy, his balky knee can also flare up at any time if he gets bumped in a game, so it’s likely to be a recurring issue during the season.
I still don’t know that the team’s decision to bring back Prince was a wise long-term investment, but since he’s around, I wouldn’t hate it if his toughness and willingness to play through pain rubbed off on his teammates. Prince’s durability despite his slight frame will always be one of the more amazing things about his NBA career.
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