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Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay
Position: F
Born: 08/17/86
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $14,500,000
On July 30, the league’s season will resume in Orlando, FL and despite the long layoff, San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay says he is ready to get back on the court. In fact, it has not been too tough for Gay to get his conditioning back with the practice facility re-opened. “It hasn’t been that challenging for me, to be honest with you,” Gay said to reporters during a video conference. “I’m into fitness and staying healthy and my diet and stuff like that.”
Without LaMarcus Aldridge (season-ending shoulder surgery) in Orlando, it will be an “all hands on deck” situation for the Spurs. Losing an All-Star will mean everyone will have to up their game. Currently, the Spurs are 12th in the West with Memphis sitting in the 8th spot. The Spurs will have to either win out or force a play-in tournament for the final spot in the West. “We’re competitive,” he said. “We’re going out there to be competitive. We’re going out there to fight as a team.” Said Gay: “It give us the chance to go out there. It’s just give it your all for eight games.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble

You’ve been in the league for a minute (14 years). I remember watching you when you were a freshman at UConn and being blown away by you dunking on people’s heads. I want to ask you about LeBron and what it’s like for you to watch him doing what he’s doing, at Year 17, and does that give you hope? Who did you think was the title favorite? Excluding the Spurs, of course. Rudy Gay: I don’t know, man. That’s the thing about the season, man, everybody could be beat. But I think as far as … because the most consistent (answer), Bucks or the Lakers. So those two teams. Bucks, last year, they didn’t do what they thought they would. And I know it takes a couple of years. You’re a really good team, it takes a couple years for you to actually get to the Finals, and I thought it might have been their year.
Rudy Gay: It’s crazy. Yeah. The thing about it is, I played, like you said, these 14 years for me. I’ve had injuries, I’ve done all of that. To see LeBron, at this point in his career, still be healthy and still be able to play at that pace, he’s like a Decepticon or something, man. Do you know what I mean? I don’t know how it is. It’s hard to believe, but it’s different than back in the days. He started at what — 19, 18 years old, coming in? And so at Year 17, he’s what, 34, 35?
Spurs forward Rudy Gay seems that prospect as something else. “It’s the worst, worst-case scenario,” Gay said. Echoing comments made by other NBA players — notably Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James — Gay said he would be against the idea of playing games to empty arenas if at all possible. “Overall we want to be healthy,” Gay said after the Spurs’ shootaround Sunday in Cleveland. “But we all know why we do this. As a professional athlete, it would he hard to do it without the fans.”
Despite the odds stacked against them, and mounting evidence this could be the year the NBA’s longest active playoff streak is broken, the Spurs are not yet ready to call off the chase. “From the beginning of the season, I thought we were a good team,” Gay said. “I still do think we are a good team. I think we are a playoff team. And when we get there, I think teams will be scared to go against us.”
A place Gay won’t go unless he has to? The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City. “I have a story from my rookie year,” Gay says. “You’re not going to believe it, but I’m telling you it’s the truth. I heard it was haunted but I was in my room and I went to sleep the night before a game with my clothes on just in case I had to get the hell out of there real quick. I woke up and there was a room service tray sitting in front of my bed. I promise you I did not order room service. I ran out. Luckily, it was right before the game, so I just got my stuff and sat at the bar until it was time to go.”
If the Spurs are serious about the playoffs, trading big man LaMarcus Aldridge or wing DeMar DeRozan does not appear to be the goal, but it gets interesting when mentioning forward Rudy Gay’s name to league executives. The Spurs could be willing to part with Gay, who re-signed with the team last summer and is averaging 10.1 points and 5.6 rebounds this season. “If they get a nice asset back, I think they would do something with Rudy Gay, but I think their asking price is too high,” said the league executive.
Rudy Gay was happy to play a role in helping Lonnie Walker IV showcase his athletic skills in the Spurs’ 136-109 romp over Detroit on Saturday night. Letting the ball go just as he passed half court, Gay assisted on Walker’s soaring, on-the-run alley-oop dunk that gave the Spurs a 34-32 lead with 10:13 left in the first half. White also recorded an alley-oop slam in the fourth quarter on an assist from Derrick White that gave the Spurs a 24-point cushion with 9:45 left. “It’s about time,” Gay said of Walker taking advantage with his superior athleticism. “He is an athlete and he can do it, he might as well start doing it…He is getting better at playing the way we know he can play.”
“He’s a competitive guy and he wanted to be out there and you can’t fault him for that,” Gay said after practice. “Coach went in a different direction. No matter what, being a competitor, it’s not like you are looking down at your teammates or anything. He just wanted to be out there. And that’s what you want. It would be a problem if he didn’t want to be out there.”
From opening PickUp USA Fitness gyms in Baltimore and Florida to his children’s clothing line to the charitable work he does through his Flight 22 Foundation, the self-described Renaissance Man never stops thinking about ways to better himself, his family and the community. “I’ve got a lot of different things going on,” Gay said. “There isn’t one thing I’m really, really, really good at. Or, maybe I just haven’t found it yet. But my niche right now is to keep myself involved in a lot of different things. I guess I can take my pick after my career is over.”
That Gay has so many irons in the fire from a business perspective doesn’t surprise the teammate who knows him best. “I’ve seen his evolution, how he’s turned into the businessman he is,” forward DeMar DeRozan said. “He has his hands in a little bit of everything. He’s going to make a good businessman when his career is over. He’s very knowledgeable about a lot of things outside sports, and that’s going to go a long way.”
That left Green as the last man standing from the team’s championship core to face the San Antonio Spurs, who also sent much of the Chase Center crowd home early with 127-110 win. Green had a muted version of his typically multifaceted impact: six points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Spurs forward Rudy Gay took satisfaction from all of it. “You think anybody in the league has any empathy for Draymond Green?” Gay says. “No, hell no. He’s a good dude and everything, but everybody has their time and everybody has their day, and it’s time for another team to step up. They took full advantage of their time at the top. And not just them—the fans, too. This is the real NBA, man. You don’t have some of the best players in the league. You still have some great players, but those wins aren’t going to come as easy no more.”
As Rudy Gay embarks on his third season with the San Antonio Spurs, he’s looking to finish off his stay in Florida. The 14-year veteran just listed his palm-topped mansion in Southwest Ranches for $3.475 million. Records show Gay paid $2.13 million for the home in 2014 and added a personal touch to the 2.3-acre grounds: a basketball court with a UConn theme; he played two years of basketball at the University of Connecticut.
Tom Orsborn: Rudy Gay just surprised six breast cancer patients with gifts. Said Jeanette Rodriguez (left): “I am thankful that people like him are around the world. It’s emotional, let me tell you.” #Spurs #breastcancerawarenessmonth