Hoopsworld: Gay Finds Friends, Freedom With Raptors
Old 02-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hoopsworld: Gay Finds Friends, Freedom With Raptors

Bryan Colangelo finally got his star when he acquired small forward Rudy Gay this past week. The 26-year-old Gay is in his seventh NBA season and has been a borderline All-Star since his sophomore year. The Memphis Grizzlies were ready to part ways with Gay and his maximum contract and the Toronto Raptors were happy to take him off their hands. This was the player Colangelo had been targeting for quite awhile and the biggest surprise may have been that the deal was completed a full three weeks before the trade deadline and just days after Memphis had resolved this season’s luxury tax issues with an earlier trade.
Gay arrived in Toronto after a whirlwind of activity that saw him leave his former teammates on the road to get home, get packed and get on a plane in time to complete his part of the three-team transaction so he could play for the Raptors on Friday night. However, Gay knew what he was getting into and this trade had been foreshadowed by his friends in Toronto.
“Oklahoma City to Memphis to Toronto to play on the same day,” Gay said. “Not to mention packing my dogs up, packing clothes up, it’s a lot to move.
“Before the trade even happened, I asked [Kyle Lowry], ‘What do you think about the team?’ He told me, ‘If you get here, we have a chance.’ That is what made me comfortable about being here.”
“I have known Rudy for a couple of years now,” DeMar DeRozan said. “Jokingly, we said this summer we were going to play together. It’s just crazy.”
After playing his entire NBA career in Memphis until now, Gay has a surprising number of friends on the Raptors, most significantly his best friend Lowry. Gay has known Lowry since the eighth grade and they played their first two and a half NBA seasons together in Memphis. They also train together every summer at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas.
“I have known Alan [Anderson], I have known DeMar and I have known Kyle for a long time. I have known Amir [Johnson]. That definitely made it easier. There are no people in here who are not welcoming. It has been an easy transition for me.”
An added benefit has been Gay’s reunion with Raptors assistant coach Johnny Davis. Davis was an assistant coach in Memphis for four seasons during Gay’s tenure. Davis has 36 years in the NBA as a player, assistant coach and executive with various teams. Gay has a lot of respect for the Raptors’ assistant coach.
“That was a post team,” Gay said. “That is where the coach wanted us and we had two great players down there and that is how he wanted us to play. Memphis was definitely a different situation for me than being here. [Here] the floor is more spread. I can do more things. I can be more of a playmaker. I just have to find out where people want to be at different times."
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Good read, didn't know he knew so many of our players.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I knew that he works out with Demar in the summer and everyone knows he's close with Kyle but i didn't know he knew Amir that well. Good read, hopefully he thrives here and is here long term.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He probably knows Amir from being in LA.
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agreed hope it ends up well... the best cure? W's
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is all good stuff of course. I wonder if it affects the game in a good way.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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DeMar seems to be everyone's friend. He's the facilitator, like your cool friend who helps you hook up!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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hopefully he's happy enough here to to

a) re-sign
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