Pistons fan takes off jersey after trade
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
What follows is a heartbreaking allegory of the inexorable rhythms of life and how to cope with loss, all represented by a medium-sized Tayshaun Prince home jersey.
A Detroit Pistons fan wearing Prince’s No. 22 was shown on television Wednesday night leaning over a railing to watch his favorite team run onto the floor before a road game against the Indiana Pacers. Prince never emerged. The man waited, but seemed to know why his favorite player didn’t come out of the tunnel. The former Kentucky star had been a subject of trade rumors for months.
Cameras stayed with the fan as he waited. He knew something was amiss, so he checked for updates on his phone, then talked to someone, who evidently confirmed his fears: Prince had been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With a casual shrug, the man looked at his companion and took off the Prince jersey. No need to hold on to the past, right?
We applaud you, sir. The vast majority of fans would have kept on the jersey, clinging to a reality that no longer existed. You got the through the five stages of grief in the time it took to form a layup line.
I go to Wizards games and see people wearing the jerseys of discarded players all the time. It’s one thing to wear an old-school Wes Unseld jersey? And rocking a Chris Webber jersey ironically is totally acceptable. But to sport a Nick Young jersey because you’re too cheap to get another one? Not cool, brah. Not cool.
You’ve gotta know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em. That Prince jersey will be wearable in a few years, but not now, not when it’s this fresh.
Our Prince fan friend knows that. He probably subscribes to the old saying: ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.