Rudy Gay: Move to Toronto was a blessing in disguise
Old 02-20-2013, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Q.: What do you think about the trade now?

A.: When you get traded youíve got to move on. Whatís crazy is they never told me I was on the market. It could have been handled totally different. I felt like we could have made moves and took a run at a championship. That was on my mind. I was thinking damn we built this team from the ground up. They can say what they want about us Ė that we couldnít play together and all of that. But at the end of the day we were a team and we did a lot for each other. The real people that know me know that I was with the team and I was trying to win.

Q.: Whatís your opinion of the package the Griz got in return?

A.: Iíve watched two games since Iíve been gone. Tayshaun is a good player. I guess thatís what they wanted -- a guy who doesnít need the ball. Tay is a good person and a good player. You canít downplay what heís done. Heís a champion. Austin has a lot of potential. People in Toronto love Ed Davis. If they think they can go all the way with it, more power to them.

Q.: Whatís your reaction to Griz owner Robert Peraís assertion that the Griz are a ďfar more dangerous playoff teamĒ because of the trade?

A.: Well, good luck. Of course they want to make their stuff look good. Theyíve got rookie GMs and owners trying to justify what theyíre doing and Iíve moved on. Thatís the only thing thatís surprised me is even after a trade my name is still being brought up with ownership. Itís crazy. Thatís whatís really crazy. Yíall forced me to move on so why donít yíall move on. Live with your decision. Iíve already moved on. Iím thinking about the Toronto Raptors. Thatís what I am now. Those guys (in Memphis) are my boys. I talked to Zach (Randolph on Monday) and Iíve talked to Mike (Conley). That relationship isnít something that just ends. But Iím not thinking about the Grizzlies on a professional level right now.

Q.: Did you ask for a trade?

A.: No. I never forced their hand. I know itís a business. Everybody in the whole league knew they were going to have to make a move. We at least thought it was going to be over the summer.

Q.: Coach Lionel Hollins wanted to keep the team together, too. What was your relationship with Hollins?

A.: With him, we had a relationship where sometimes we went through good and bad times. Heíd say some things that would make me think and Iíd say something to make him think. Thatís a good player/coach relationship. There were times during the middle of every season when heíd call me in a say I was playing (poorly), and heíd try to motivate me. We were out in the open with everything. Heís been there to help me since I got there.

Q.: What did Raptors coach Dwane Casey initially say to you that stuck?

A.: He said, ĎWe need you to be great in order for us to be good.í Obviously, now Iím in a situation where I feel like the floor is open. Iím still being me. Iím just allowed to be me more because the floor is open. I can go out there and use all of my talents. I could have done it in Memphis maybe. But when you have so many good players you sacrifice.

Q.: How have you been received by fans in Toronto?

A.: Itís been great. The fans really come out. As of right now this has been a blessing in disguise for me. I want to build something here. With DeMar (DeRozan) and Kyle and Andrea (Bargnani) the sky is the limit.

Q.: What will your mindset be when the game tips off against the Memphis Grizzlies? Will you try to score a lot to prove a point?

A.: Nah. I think youíve just got to let the game come to you and play for your teammates. Honestly, Iíll be ready to get it over with. Itíll be weird but not as weird as when I finally play in Memphis.

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rudy was trade of the year. Saved BC's job.
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With DeMar (DeRozan) and Kyle and Andrea (Bargnani) the sky is the limit.
i hope this article builds bargnani's confidence, because against the grizz, we're gonna need him firing on all cylinders. allen is gonna guard demar so tough, it's gonna be scary.
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Good read, but with Andrea? LOL
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good read, but with Andrea? LOL
Just proves how good Andrea is.
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Just proves how good Andrea is.
or how delusional Rudy is!

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wonder when he answered these questions, lol
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i hope this article builds bargnani's confidence, because against the grizz, we're gonna need him firing on all cylinders. allen is gonna guard demar so tough, it's gonna be scary.
i sense 5+ TOs for Demar tonight...
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whatever, or he dunks on Allans head.
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or how delusional Rudy is!

or how professional he is? BC probably told him to pretend AB was part of the future.

Just listento his interview after the washington game its hilarious when hes talking about the Italian 3 point master
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or how delusional Rudy is!

or how political.
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or how professional he is? BC probably told him to pretend AB was part of the future.

Just listento his interview after the washington game its hilarious when hes talking about the Italian 3 point master
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or how political.
OR.......maybe he knows that Bargs will be here for the rest of the year and if it works he'll be here next year.
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