I'm not worried about Bargnani or Valanciunas being out of shape either, because apparently both were hard at cardio, and in the weight-room during practices/shoot-arounds.
Doug Smith: Raptors @SmithRaps
RT @RaptorsMR: NBA has finalized the trade.. Rudy Gay will be in uniform tonight when the #Raptors play host to the Clippers. (Told you!)
but then again they may still poke fun at that wildly gay facial LOL
I think that many folks (including many Raptors fans) might have seriously underrated this trade for the Raptors. Basketball is a funny game, that relies a lot on chemistry and situational performance. Having three players such as Lowry, DeRozan and Gay might look like too much of the same thing, but it also creates all sorts of problems for defences. If Gay brings a lot of energy along with his length and athleticism, I think it will open up a lot of options for other players. If this works out, it is going to be a blast.
Things that made me very happy to hear in Gay's presser:
-Wants to bring veteran leadership to the team, that know-how of winning games
-Invited the challenge of guarding the best player each night, said that's always what he did out in Memphis (though I don't fully agree with that *cough* Tony Allen *cough*). Still very good to hear though.
-Talked about being a good teammate and that he doesn't want to take away from anyone's game.
Never once did he bring up points, except to say he doesn't care about them. Never once did he talk about shots, though he did mention sort of how he didn't feel "free" in Memphis' system and this would let him play more his game.....
Also his eyes genuinely lit up at some point when someone asked him about the roster and future of this team.
We'll see how it all turns out
Ryan Wolstat Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
"It felt great to be accepted like I did today," Gay said. . It just makes you want to play hard."
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
"Fans don’t really understand their participation, coming out and supporting us, how much it means to us."
Another heart melter.
"You donít know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
I think even defensively Toronto is a better fit. We have more speed than Memphis, and that ability to go small for certain matchups and still be pretty big. I was very impressed with Rudy's team D.
Only concern is he does take a lot of jumpers. Plus side, he's much better at creating them on his own than anyone we've had for awhile. Also, I don't mind him taking that many 3s if they're always so open.
He must of been extremely distracted in Memphis last year or so. It make no sense how he can shoot so poorly from 3. He has a perfect jumper. I'm guessing it was all in his head. Than again it's just one game.
That will take you out of the swing of things. She pretty much raised him, more than his actual parents.
This is the best thread title ever on this site! So misleading for some folks...
Keep Calm & Chive On
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