Last hurrah for Pistons' Rip Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince?
Now the waiting begins for Tayshaun Prince.
After 10 seasons
with the Pistons concluded Wednesday night with a 104-100 victory over
the 76ers, Prince will become an unrestricted free agent for the first
time in his career this summer, or whenever the NBA’s labor situation is
And Prince, who scored 14 points Wednesday, admitted he had mixed feelings after what will likely be his Pistons swan song.
happens, happens," Prince said. "I’m excited at the same time to see
what the options are. But at the same time I’m nervous because of the
lockout and things like that because you don’t know what’s going to
happen."I’m in the position where I don’t want to have no layoffs because there’s going to be a time when I’m 37, 38, 39 and I’m done."The
night marked the end of an era. The game likely was the final one of
the Davidson family’s stewardship that began in 1974. And there’s also a
chance it could be the final game in the Pistons’ red, white and blue
for 2004 heroes Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton and Prince, who exchanged
jerseys with Hamilton after the game.Wallace, with one more year left on the two-year deal, is considering retirement.Hamilton,
who is owed just over $20 million over the next two seasons, will take
his place back on the trading block whenever the NBA reopens for