Found this on the Hangtime blog via the Toronto Sun:

It’s common practice that after every game each player is provided a scoresheet. The sheet breaks down the individual players’ contributions as well as team totals.

That won’t be happening anymore in Toronto. Rudy Gay has put a stop to it.

Gay sees the scoresheets as an unnecessary barrier to team unity or even a temptation to be more focussed on what is best for the individual as opposed to what is best for the team.

“We’re not playing for stats,” Gay said.

Gay said there was no incident or no moment that pushed him toward this decision but as a leader on this team, he felt it was just something that was best for the team.

“I wanted to just nip it in the bud before it became an issue,” he said. “We come in here after losses, after wins and people are staring at those stat sheets, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re a team and the stat that matters is the W.”

Gay said there were no objections from his teammates when he delivered the news.
“No, none. It was pretty easy.”

I get, in essence, what he’s trying to do, but the obvious joke to be made here is that he doesn’t want others to know how much he shoots! I haven’t ever heard such a measure being taken by the 72-win Bulls, the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, or any other past NBA champion, so I’m inclined to think that this doesn’t matter as much.

Guys will look at box scores, whether it be in the locker room, at home, or on the bus on their phone – so I really don’t get what banning them from the locker room will do.

As for Gay suggesting that nobody objected? Well, that’s because of “group think” rather than “group mind”.

All the power to the Raptors if this works!

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  • Adriiian

    I mean it’s obvious he doesn’t want everyone to see his shitty field goal %.

  • Brett Charles Pilon

    I like it

  • Brett Charles Pilon

    but Rudy needs to turn it up all the while put a little tighter leash on his selection, they just need to keep working it out.

  • One relaxed fella

    Whoaaa, way to control the flow of information, Rudy. This might have worked if we would still be living in the 19th century. Now it’s going to be like that: as soon as a player is out of the locker room, he looks up the score and all the stats on his smart phone. It’s all BS, Gay is trying to show that he is trying to show a good example. The first man who should be scared to look at stats is Rudy Gay himself. This whole thing is just a cheap publicity thing, to show that the guys are trying to bind together as a unit, building their chemistry or whatever. Off course, such a thing is not a bad idea in general and it’s worth a try but the entire story sounds funny when you know the circumstances.

  • 2damkule

    things rudy also doesn’t want team to see:

    – his shot chart;
    – his usage rate;
    – clips of him dribbling for 12 seconds, into a double team, and turning it over;
    – clips of him dribbling for 12 seconds, into a triple-team, and foisting a fade-away 16-foot brick (while JV’s alone under the hoop, or ross is open on the wing, or…..).

    these little bits of nothing are cute. WE DON’T CARE ABOUT STATS! PAY NO ATTENTION TO MY GROSS INEFFICIENCY!!!

    • Duke

      I understand the irony here, but he does have a valid point. And you know what? It’s not up to the players to decide who is shooting too much anyway. That’s on the coaches. I see no problem with this…much of this team’s current issues can be fixed with proper coaching (which is still a big question mark). BTW, his FGA have dropped significantly since the Houston OT loss.

      • Duke

        **besides the Portland game

  • 2damkule

    and just who the fuck anointed him a leader of anything, let alone a ‘pro’ basketball team? is that because he makes the most $$$? or is it because he’s (almost) universally regarded as a guy who has, for his career, performed WELL BELOW what one would expect based on his talent & abilities.

    well, holy shit, i guess that qualifies him. congratulations, great leader! onward & upward! TO MEDIOCRITY, AND BACKWARDS!!!

    oh, and is fearless leader ready to comment on his status for next year? y’know, since he’s SUCH A GREAT FUCKING LEADER and all? maybe so the team can, y’know, plan for the future and stuff.

    no? qu’elle surpris…

    • uncoolxx

      Can you comment on your status next year? Oh, right, you’ll be here

  • oioi

    I’d get rid of stat sheets too if I was shooting 11 for 37

  • StabbyRaccoon

    I can see how he has a couple of points but they absolutely have to know about shooting percentages. And really they should know about some of the excellent stats that Raptors Republic looks at. Then again maybe that’s Casey’s job to say “If Rudy shoots less and we run more post plays and pick and rolls then we do better”. Hard to do but necessary, if he can’t do that he’s not the future coach. At least not on offense anyway.

  • archaeopteryx

    Yes, there’s irony here, but let’s give credit where credit is due. It’s little things like this that can really bring a team together and keep them focused on what matters – the W’s. Good on ya Rudy.

  • Mexiballer

    I think its a good sign. I don’t see it as Gay trying to hide his shooting deficiencies. Everyone knows his shooting is very inefficient and that he takes a lot of bad shots, stat sheet or not. I think instead Gay is “trying” to change his own mind set and the way he plays. Maybe his message to the team is ” I have been a stat watching selfish player my whole career and it doesn’t make my team mates better or help my team. I want to work at changing my focus and play as a team player not the hero-ballin individual player that I have been.” Of course the proof will be on the floor with more assists, less forced shots, sharper passing out of double teams, better defence, more hustle plays, tougher rebounding, better communication with team mates and the overall type of play where points come because of team effort and execution, not selfish one on one play. There is no way to know if Gay will be successful, but its a step in the right direction and the right message to send his team.

    • bobjoe

      >I have been a stat watching selfish player

      Rudy has never been into stats.

  • Louvens Remy

    I like it. Its called team building and unity. Like Zarar said, its not going to stop anyone from looking at the stat sheet in their own time. I think he just means in the locker room right after a game. if people are too focused on the stat sheet they aren~t focused on each other, win or lose. Hes being a team leader. As for what the Heat, Bulls or Spurs do they may have some quirky locker room stuff that we aren~t privy to that works for them. Also, everyone knows how much he shoots and I am sure they let him know all kind of analytical stuff. Hes not stupid. Hes trying to make it a team thing not a me thing.

  • DDayLewis

    Are we going to over-react to this? Of course we’re going to over-react to this.

  • Mexiballer

    Whether I like it or not Gay is the on floor leader because of his abilities…period. So far he hasn’t done what you would want a leader to do. Maybe hes trying to do things differently with the team and with himself. Im not a big fan of Gay’s game mostly because its a selfish game. But if he changes I can change my mind about him and his game. If not, ship him out. Iv’e seen some encouraging signs lately. The non-stat sheet locker room policy is largely symbolic and a good message to send your team when you have been a selfish player on the floor. I think it will be a lot clearer by the end of December whether he is capable of changing or not.

    • Louvens Remy

      You~re right. No one likes his efficiency and some of his iso decisions but I am seeing some other stuff like defense, rebounding and a little bit of passing. He does sacrifice himself for the betterment of the team in other areas. Yes, I want to smash things when he shoots horribly but I am encouraged by other signs of leadership that tend to lend itself to the TEAM doing well. Sometimes we forget its a TEAM game. Basketball is not an INDIVIDUAL sport no matter how you want to slice the analytics game.

  • Mexiballer

    Agreed Remy. Its totally a team game. Something Rudy has apparently never fully learned. Maybe he’s ready to learn it now and the stat sheet news is a small indicator of his willingness to learn it. Hopefully we will see more signs of that tonight.

  • Mexiballer

    Bobjoe…If Rudy is not into his own stats, he sure hasn’t played like it. I like his skill set and his upside potential a lot but his on court play is one of the most self absorbed and self serving games of anyone in the league. In my opinion. Thats not to mention his often lazy ways on defence. He needs to focus on team play and turn his intensity up now. I think he knows that. Tonight will give him a chance to build on the last two games. He can lead this team if he can figure out what the next level of team play and energy is. Well see.

  • Rob G.

    As a Grizzlies fan, I was sad to see him go but, you can’t deny the facts, folks. Rudy HAD potential, he had promise, but somewhere along the way he lost it. Hope he finds it again as he was one of my favorite players. After he got injured in Memphis, I feel it just became a money grab, and anywhere where he’s given free reign it seems that the paycheck will trump the effort. The problem he faces now is that he has to produce just to see another HUGE payday, yet he’s not producing which could be why the stat sheets are banned… Hopefully he will do there what he never did in Memphis and that was actually earning the check. Not bashing the man or anything but, your coach should’ve slapped fire in the guy for banning the sheets. But from what gather from your forums, your coach is lucky to become employed at the time.
    Best of luck with the season, though. P.S. Lionel Hollingsworth is still available.

    • Rob G.

      Lionel Hollins *

  • bob r

    “we dont play for stats” says the guy who jacks up terrible shots and is a horrible passer. Nothing like calling out your teammates and then following it up with a 3 for 12, 7 turnover performance.

    i dont know how everyone in that lockerroom doenst resent him. this is the equivalent of the boss who always calls in sick but then busts other peoples balls for not putting in enough hours