The Toronto Raptors are the darlings of the Eastern Conference as they’ve rose from the ashes to become contenders in less than a season. In fact, the change of culture happened in the midst of this season when the team traded star Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings and things have been bright and shiny since then.
It’s not that Gay was a problem in the locker room or a cancer in the organization, he just wasn’t playing well and it had a trickle effect. Gay recently spoke about his time in Toronto and decided to shoulder some of the blame for what went wrong.
To Gay’s credit, he recognizes that while he wasn’t the only problem, his career-low 38.8% shooting and career-worst 3.3 turnovers per game were hurting the Raptors significantly.
“I was inefficient when I was here. I’m not anymore. I was when I was here,” Gay said, declining to provide a reason other than “it could have been a lot of things,” as to why his game was so off.
He’s in a similar situation in Sacramento that he was in with the Raptors, but he’s not about to take that out on Toronto. Gay is an efficient payer, but he’s made even more likable by the fact that he can admit when he’s not.