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Ex-Cat Prince says he's lost 12-15 pounds during illness

Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince, left, shoots over Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Friday, March 15, 2013.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince, left, shoots over Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Friday, March 15, 2013. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former University of Kentucky standout Tayshaun Prince told the Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis this week that he's lost between 12 and 15 pounds because of a debilitating stomach ailment.

Prince, who played at Kentucky from 1998-2002, has missed the entire pre-season with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The 6-foot-9 sharpshooter, whose listed weight on the Grizzlies' official roster is 215 pounds, told the Commercial Appeal he’s feeling stale and weak and that he experienced abdominal pains that kept him from eating for most of the past week.

The Grizzlies open the regular season next Wednesday in San Antonio.

Prince played in 37 games with the Grizzlies last season, 36 as a starter, after being traded at mid-season by the Detroit Pistons, where he had spent the previous 10 1/2 seasons of his career. He is projected to start for the Grizzlies again this season.

Prince averaged 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in 82 regular-season games overall last season, including 8.8 and 4.2 after joining the Grizzlies.

Prince, 33, is the eighth-leading scorer in UK history with 1,775 career points. He was the 23rd pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Pistons.

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