Hang Time One-On-One … With Rudy Gay

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Rudy Gay has been through the grinder over the course of his seven-plus years in the NBA. From prized prospect to apparent franchise cornerstone to the odd man out in Memphis.

A trade to Toronto last season, however, put a new spin on Gay’s career. He went from odd man out to welcomed with open arms by Raptors fans. Now all he has to do is lead them to the promised land (the playoffs) to finish the story … right?

Well, it’s never that easy. Especially not for a player with the combination of size, skill and athleticism Gay possesses. In a league with a fleet of elite wing players, guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and even newcomers like Paul George, Gay is still working to make a place for himself in that crowded field.

He discusses all of that and more in the latest installment of Hang Time One-On-One, where we dive a little deeper with the stars, role players, movers and shakers in the NBA:

VIDEO: Hang Time’s One-on-One conversation with the Raptors’ Rudy Gay


  1. Father says:

    One thing he said that is impressive is that “at this point in my career, i am who I am”. He knows himself. He is not going to suddenly wake up and become Michael Jordan. He can become more efficient at the things he does but that’s all the improvement you’re gonna get. Unlike Dwight Howard who thinks he came still become Hakeem Olajuwon. Dwight has spent 10 years in the league and he is 28 years old. He is a rebounder and rim protector. That’s it. He can add a few post moves but he will never be a natural at those moves. He will not become a great offensive dominant center. He’s the built to average 25 points a game, he is more naturally a 18 or 19 points per game player. Dwight is delusional and thinks he can carry a team offensively. Even during the Orlando Magic fairy-tale run to the NBA Finals in 2009, the Magic’s offense ran through Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson. Dwight got his points off lobs, putbacks, 2nd chance opportunities, and screen-and-roll to the rim plays. He doesn’t have the killer instinct like Shaq, Olajuwon, or Tim Duncan during their prime years to keep posting defenders down and abusing them. Dwight has basically gone to Houston to do the same thing he was complaining about doing in LA. And he is even played out of position now as a power forward. I have watched the Rockets play this season and it is easy to see that they will be out in the first round of the playoffs. They will entertain but not get anywhere. This isn’t the weak Eastern conference of 2009. The western conference is loaded and Dwight has just guaranteed that he will never win a ring in his career.

  2. dunkmycat7 says:

    I HATE Rudy’s game, this guy need to wake up and play hard every day…so he can be the STAR he THINKS he is..He chucks it up from everywhere, his s% is horrible,nd he is the definition of lackadaisical… dump him and his ridiculous contract toute suite…BLOCKBUSTER with TRoss and the Coach for the killerPF they need. Build it like the Pacers, they will come.

  3. okc2014 says:

    I love the Raptors. Getting Rudy Gay was a positive for the team, who seem to have great chemistry this year. I think they are off to a much better start than last season, and I hope Rudy Gay doesn’t get traded. The comment about how the Raptors don’t attract really great players seems to be correct. That’s too bad for them. I hope they make playoffs this year. This is a really hard working team. Much better in the long run, longer haul, than the Celtics, Philadelphia Milwakee, Orlando, Charlotte and even Cleveland (dissappointing) if you ask me. Go Raptors.

  4. Roy says:

    They have a solid starting line-up with a good bench, Tyler handsborough the bruiser, Novak (Top 5 3 point shooter), Fields a solid all-around SG/SF and DJ Augustine for a back-up PG.

    They need to work harder on defence and send a bit more of the offence through Valiancunas so they aren’t completely relying on low FG% wing players like Derozan and Gay.

  5. Jay says:

    The raptors really have the most athletic wing players in the nba they need minor adjustments but will surely overcome them. i think they need to work on learning their teammates and their spots setting up val so he has an advantage against his opponents giving derozan that open mid range he loves and setting up rudy so he doesn’t have someone in his grill when hes shooting, i also notice that they dont know how to play inside out there ball movement needs much more improvement and dwane casey…….needs help.

  6. OK says:

    As much as i like him, i think derozan and gay should stop taking so many shots, and try to set up JV. The sooner he gets into comfort zone, the sooner they will start winning. And he wont get there unless the team helps him and get him going.

  7. Jim says:

    It’s tough being a Raptors fan,always getting players who don’t live up to the hype.Lowry Derozan Rudy,all good players but not good enough same with Calderon,Bosh and Bargani in the past.

    • Based on Stats says:

      Agree completely on most of the players you named But Carter and Bosh were both good enough to be cornerstones. Both led teams to the playoffs. Unfortunately most people cant remember anybody on their teams whose name is not T-Mac because Toronto doesn’t attract talent. They should draft better so they don’t lose the talent they have and they should also not overpay role players who could be competent complimentary pieces.

    • B says:

      You mean Ford, Bosh and Barg

    • truth is real says:

      chill homer jim,
      not everyone ends up with a LeBron James,

    • No ONe says:

      what do you know about good player???