Throughout the NBA playoffs, where we Raptor fans are left to wallow, Raptors Republic brings you the 100 Words Series. Calling on RR writers and other Raptor scribes from around the internet and MSM, we’ll provide the Republic with 100-word takes on players, coaches, management and announcers. Look for these two or three times a week, continuing today with Rudy Gay. The mission I charged the contributors with was simple: you have 100 words (prose, poetry, song, whatever) to discuss said player.

Adam Francis, Raptors HQ
I wanted to like Rudy Gay. I did. He’s a nice guy, a potential fan-favourite because of his explosive style of play, and is as close to an elite wing as this club’s had since Mr. Carter went to Jersey.

But unfortunately, he also stands for everything I despise about the Bryan Colangelo era, from the cap-killing contract, to the “hollow” statistical production. In isolation I could probably be a Rudy Gay backer, but taking Colangelo’s past moves into consideration, it’s hard for me to look at Gay as much more than Hedo Part Deux.

Andrew Thompson, Raptors Republic
These one-hundred words have evolved over the last three months. When the Raptors made the trade, they would have been ‘Thirty-seven million, two-hundred and six thousand, two-hundred and fifty six million over the next two years?’ and then repeated that six times. By season’s end, they were ‘shot selection!’ repeated fifty times. And then just last week, they changed again to ‘glasses?!’ repeated a hundred times. In all seriousness, I can make peace with the price of the contract if he takes better shots, which he may hit a better percentage of now that he can, you know, actually see.

Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic
From 19 Feet, a poem
New hope springs
A star within our grasp
But when is a star not a star

A meteor across hardwood
Human flight, collects and deposits
Excitement in Great Flight North

A hero, vanquishing at the last moment
The buzzer sounds, his arms raised
Clutch is thy name

Sisyphus for a day, a month
42 percent but oh, the totals
Efficiency is for the rich
We wretched lust for volume

Separation
A quick step, a rise
Space created, room to fire
Perfection at 19 feet

Summer is long and dark
The hero works
Correct vision, correct decisions
Attack or step back

PhD Steve, Raptors Republic
Rudy Gay- A Haiku
Haters point to stats
to say he’s not franchise guy
but Gay = wins

Sam Holako, Raptors Republic
(In the spirit of Ayn Rand)
The noble Raptor par excellence. The player as player should be. The self-sufficient, self-confident, the end of ends, the reason unto himself, the joy of shooting personified. Above all-the small forward who balls for himself, as balling for oneself should be understood. And who triumphs completely. A player who is what he should be.

Tim W., Raptors Republic
Rudy Gay is a fine player. He’s an elite athlete who has the ability to be one of the top players in the game. But he’s been an underachiever for most of his basketball life, which is why he was drafted eighth in a weak draft and not first. He was given a max contract in the hopes he would one day live up to it. He has not.

Considering teams tend to take on the personality of the best player, how smart is it to build the team around an underachiever who score inefficiently and defends inconsistently?

  • robertparrish00

    Hedo part deux??!?! That’s crazy talk.

  • c_bcm

    Any post that connects Sisyphus with the Raptors gets my vote as most insightful EVER. Are you implying that the losses are BC’s punishment for his hubris in believing he can continue to deceive the fan base with these sorts of transactions? Très deep man, très deep.

  • Copywryter

    Sam, that was brilliant. Love the subtext.

    • Sam Holako

      Ha, thanks, been on self-loathing Ayn Rand kick lately; thought this fit the bill perfectly.

  • golden

    Rudy Gay reminds me of a lap dancer. Once in while she does some exciting things that the other girls can’t do and looks great doing it. But she charges a lot of money for those exciting things, which aren’t really the type of things you’d want to build a long term relationship around.

  • Michel G

    The “Hedo Part Deux” reference is such a ludicrous statement, I don’t even know what to say. The two situations are dissimilar on almost all aspects. One of the earlier comments said “that’s crazy talk.” Let’s leave it at that. Also, even in a post about Rudy Gay, some cannot stop themselves from making this about Colangelo. Ah well…

  • Danny Tam

    I don’t love the contract, but I think he’s a very good player. Good length, great athleticism.. Find he still relies to heavy on isolation and plays unusually slow for a guy gifted with explosive athleticism. Hopefully a tailored playbook, full training camp, and a full season will show us the real Rudy Gay. Read somewhere else that someone was hoping Demar’s work ethic would rub on him.. Here’s hoping so.

  • thegloveinrapsuniform

    I think the money is definitely an issue, but who can you get for the same talent, at a lower price, who is readily available and realistically acquirable? i know the team does not have to force itself to get into a situation like Rudy Gay, but the way the team is now structured, who can they realistically acquire to help this team out, and provide the same capabilities as Gay does? If Colangelo, or whoever the next GM is, offers him an extension for the same money, then that is just craziness.

    Althoughout his career, his numbers are pretty much the same across the board. His Defensive rating steadily improved. I dont see this as a lack of improvement, but rather fitting in a system where he cant fully do what he is capable of. I think this is mainly because throughout his career, he’s had to play a game in which he cant allow himself to dominate. Playing alongisde the likes of the Gasol brothers, Randolph, Conley, Mayo and Lowry at times all at the same time. I think averaging 19pts, 6 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls and shooting 46% with a DRating of 102-105 was pretty much above average considering the number of shots that was available to him the way the Memphis team was structured. I cant see why this can be labeled as a Hedo Part Deux or underachieving.

    I think this past season was a wash. It would be unfair to evaluate him based on the recently ended season.

    • c_bcm

      Pretty sure Lebron makes less.

    • Steve

      Well put it this way, they aren’t going to offer him an extension for *less* money.

      • thegloveinrapsuniform

        Why not? And I’m not being sarcastic, i really want to know if the only legit extension they can offer him is a max contract.

  • Louvens Remy

    One word. Lazy.