I have a buddy who lives in L.A. He’s a Lakers fan, but LOVES to torment me about how my team “ain’t gonna make it — thus reinforcing my opinion: I actually like the Lakers as a team; but Lakers FANS get on my last damn nerve sometimes.
Anyway, he’s not a Clippers fan, but he called me the other day to ask me if I missed Rudy Gay, now that the Grizzlies are down 0-2 in the first round series. I replied calmly: No. I had a couple of reasons, the same reasons I gave when the team traded him: He wasn’t consistent; the offense bogged down when he would go 1 on 1; and perhaps most importantly, I can’t recall the last time Rudy Gay “took over a game” — say for instance like one little dude who nailed three key buckets including the game winner on Monday night.
Rudy is a very good player, and has shown he can hit a game winner, but in terms of being an “impose his will” kind of guy, as much as I like him and his game, he hasn’t shown that yet. Maybe he will in Toronto.
So with the Grizzlies struggling in the first two games, it was just a matter of time before pundits pulled the trade out and started analyzing it again. And it’s nice to see it happen among the ESPN Countdown crew.
What Bill Simmons is saying (and I get it) is that Rudy wasn’t that efficient, and though he had the reputation of maybe going for a big game, he hadn’t really actually done it much. What Jalen, Magic and Wilbon are saying is that just Rudy’s presence on the floor would open things up for the team in the playoffs — and of course, having Rudy’s production too.
For the record, I disagree that the Grizzlies don’t have a “guy who can get his own shot.” Mike Conley blew by Chris Paul so many times, even Chris Paul had to acknowledge it after Game 2. Maybe, this is the postseason where Mike establishes himself as that playoff “get his own shot” guy. But agreed: Right now, he is not perceived as a scoring threat. That’s just my two cents.
Your turn to vote, fans. Just for kicks: Do you wish Rudy Gay had suited up in Beale St. Blue this post season? Answer the Poll, then add your comments below . . .