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The Seven Stages of Rudy Gay: Anguish

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Last night Rudy Gay was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings and we here at Hickory-High are still trying to work through the intellectual and emotional confusion (I don’t just mean confusion about the trade but general confusion about Rudy Gay as a professional basketball). Join us as we travel through The Seven Stages of Rudy Gay.

Unfortunately, reconciliation with the idea that Gay is a productive offensive player isn’t possible. Anyway you slice it up, Rudy is detrimental to a team’s offense. Statistically he is atrocious, and the way he stifles ball-movement is uneasy on the eye.

The worst part is that these feelings are conjured up by such a talented being. Gay has a huge body that is capable of such bounce, there is little he can’t do on the basketball court. Yet he keeps doing that one thing that he isn’t effective at. There is a desire to believe that one game, Rudy won’t continually launch isolation mid-range jumpers, where he suddenly makes savvy off-ball cuts, and takes a few players off the dribble to get easy looks. It never comes however, leaving fans in anguish over the disparity between what he is and what he could be.

Will Gay one day understand that his love for the mid-range jumper is self-destructive? The pace he shoots them at demolishes the idea of short-term change, but one day Rudy can reinvent himself?

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