During the 2016-17 NBA season, Rudy Gay was having another solid year. He was averaging 18.7 points, 1.5 steals, 2.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds for the Kings. Mix in a season-high 30 points outing at Miami and Gay was set to have another great season in NBA career.
But after 30 games, Gay suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury and faced a long recovery process.
Fast forward to this offseason and Gay now finds himself with the San Antonio Spurs (after signing a two-year deal) and is looking to be a better-than-ever Rudy Gay.
“I'm feeling good right now, said Gay. “ I'm cleared to play and honestly I feel like it woke me up. It made me feel like I have a lot more to give. This year with the Spurs you can see a more efficient, more hungry Rudy Gay."
Coming off an injury like Gay suffered is no easy task.
Achilles injuries have hampered players who came back to the court once they are cleared to play. Take Kobe Bryant for example who suffered the same injury as Gay and just wasn't the same player.
But there is something to be said about a positive mind, and the will to succeed - something Gay is showing.
Signing with the Spurs, a team that historically rests players and are over-cautious with players who are on the mend, will also help Rudy come back into form. Head Coach Gregg Popovich will likely ease him back into the game, and knowing he doesn't have to shoulder most of the offensive and defensive load will also help him be that more efficient and more hungry player he desires to be.