It may not be jump shots and drives or last-second shots that are the most important attributes that Rudy Gay brings to the Raptors. On a team basically starved for savvy veterans with big-game experience, it could be intangibles that are the most significant things that the newly-acquired small forward brings. "I feel like I know how to win now," Gay said at an introductory news conference at the Air Canada Centre on Friday afternoon. "I know how to get the team to play. It's not easy to come in the league and know that, it took me a while and I feel like I'm a better player and a better person because of it." Gay knows enough about his new team to realize its shortcomings. The Raptors have been dreadful finishers in a season filled with blown leads and late-game collapses and the inability to make the one big play at the one big moment. It may not be that Gay can do it every time he's asked, but having a player of his calibre certainly isn't going to hurt. He may not have finished as the go-to guy on a Memphis team with Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol but the 26-year-old has been in enough big games to at least welcome the chance. "I just want to come here and be the hard-working veteran that this team, I think, needs," said Gay, who will be in uniform Friday night against the Clippers.
Rudy Gay joins the Raptors, will be in uniform Friday
Toronto Star | Feb 1