Austin Daye Doesn't Know Where Memphis Is: 'Good to Be on the West Coast'

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 2, 2013

On January 30, 2013, the Memphis Grizzlies traded franchise player Rudy Gay for Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. The idea of the trade was to create financial relief and find players that were a better fit for the team.

Daye can start to prove his worth by catching up on his geography.

According to Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal, Daye stated that he is pleased to be in Memphis. It certainly helps that his Grizzlies debut came with a win over the Washington Wizards.

It hurts to know that Daye isn't certain as to where he is.

"It's good to be on the West Coast and also in a city like Memphis," [Austin Daye] said.

Not quite.

For those who didn't know, the city of Memphis is located in the Southwestern corner of Tennessee. The state of Tennessee is located in the Southeastern region of the United States.

Nearly 1,800 miles away from Daye's hometown of Irvine, Calif.—a city that is located on the West Coast.

That may be what's most puzzling about these comments: Daye is from the area he believes he's located. In fact, Daye is from the state most popularly correlated with the phrase, "West Coast."

Even still, he found a way to mistake Memphis, Tenn. for his home and its bordering states.

Fortunately, Daye is better with a basketball than he is with geography. His 51.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 2012-13 proves such a truth.

Unfortunately, this locational mix-up is much more likely to grab headlines than his work as a reserve. A potential game-winner can't come soon enough for Memphis' newest Grizzly.

Oh, the comedy of the NBA.