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Rudy Gay on OJ Mayo gaining weight: When you’re hurt in Wisconsin, you eat

OJ Mayo has had some conditioning issues this season that have prevented him from playing. He missed 10 games from late January-February after getting sick/needing to get back into shape, and then he received six DNP-CDs (did not play – coach’s decision) in March because conditioning apparently was still an issue.

Rudy Gay, who was teammates with Mayo in Memphis, spoke with his former mate and had an explanation for the conditioning problems. Keep in mind that Gay said this in the context of complimenting Mayo for playing well in the game between his Kings and Mayo’s Bucks on Sunday.

“He’s had a bad season, but he’s still a good player. He’s a little overweight, hasn’t played a lot this season, but he’s still O.J. Mayo in there and I’ve seen him do things like that all the time. So I wasn’t surprised at all. He can hit tough shots. He’s a ball player. He can do it. For whatever reason of how he turned out or whatever, gained a little weight, whatever, he’s still a good ball player,” Gay said via Cowbell Kingdom.

“Was I surprised to see [the weight gain]? Little bit. I haven’t seen him, but we talked a little bit. He said he was hurt, and I guess when you’re hurt in Wisconsin, you eat.”

Was Gay clever enough to come up with that line on his own, or did he get it from Mayo? We’re guessing that’s what OJ said to him.

To be fair, though, when you have a name like OJ Mayo, it’s almost predetermined that you’re going to be a little heavy.

Also see: OJ Mayo vs. Michael Jordan at MJ’s basketball camp

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Rudy Gay reportedly traded to Sacramento Kings for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons

Rudy Gay RaptorsRudy Gay is headed to the Sacramento Kings in a trade, and Sac-Town fans are not happy.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Gay was pulled out of the Toronto Raptors lineup before Sunday’s game because of the trade. While terms of the deal are not yet available, Woj says John Salmons, Chuck Hayes, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson will head to Toronto. Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray will head from Toronto to Sacramento as part of the deal.

Gay was acquired by the Raptors last year from the Memphis Grizzlies, where he previously spent his entire career. Gay has a $19.3 million player option for next year that the Raptors clearly don’t want to pay. He is making $17.88 million this season. He could choose to decline his option after the season in order to pursue a long-term contract on the open market.

As for the Raptors, David Aldridge reports that they can clear $14.5M by declining options and/or qualifying offers for Peterson, Vasquez and Salmons. Hayes is set to make $5.9 million next season

Gay is shooting 38.8 percent from the field this season and banned stats from the team’s postgame locker room. Gay is a career 44.7 percent shooter from the field, so the Kings hope that he’ll improve in a different setting.

Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from Raptors locker room

Rudy Gay RaptorsRudy Gay has banned stat sheets from the Toronto Raptors locker room in an effort to emphasize the importance of winning over statistics.

Each Raptors player typically receives a stat sheet after games that shows their individual and team stats for the game. The Toronto Sun reports that Gay has put an end to that practice.

“We’re not playing for stats,” Gay explained, via The Sun.

There was no specific incident or moment that led to the decision.

“I wanted to just nip it in the butt before it became an issue,” Gay 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.”

Great, who wouldn’t like to see a player focused on wins more than anything? I’m sure the Raptors coaches and execs like hearing that. Toronto is 6-7 and leading the crappy Atlantic Division after all. But this is really just comical of Gay.

The obvious joke here is that Gay doesn’t want stats distributed so that everyone doesn’t see how many shots he’s jacking up and missing. Gay may be averaging 20.2 points per game, but he’s shooting a terrible 38.1 percent from the field, and he’s attempting 19.4 shots per game. LeBron James, by comparison, hasn’t averaged that many shots per game in a season since joining the Miami Heat. LeBron is averaging 25.3 points per game on 15.5 shots. He recently cracked that if he took 37 shots in a game (like Gay did in a recent loss to Houston), that he’d score 60-70 points easily.

Seein stats actually can be helpful. It can tell you what you did well or poorly in a game. If guys are busy playing in a game, they don’t have a chance to count stats as they’re going. Maybe by looking at the stats they’ll see what their strengths or weaknesses were and know what to work on. And in the case of Gay, it would probably be trying to increase his offensive efficiency.

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Rudy Gay with sick block on Jeff Teague dunk attempt (Video)

Rudy Gay block Jeff TeagueRudy Gay came up with a sick block on Jeff Teague in the final minute of the Atlanta Hawks’ 102-95 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Teague went around Kyle Lowry outside the 3-point line and took off for the rim looking for a monster dunk. Gay decided to risk being posterized and boldly went up and met him. Gay came out on top. He stuffed the dunk attempt and the ball went out on Atlanta, giving it to the Raptors as a bonus.

Gay only went 6-for-23 for 14 points in the loss, but he did have that highlight. And despite being stuffed, Teague had 17 points and 12 assists in the win.

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Rapper Wale confronts Toronto Raptors announcer after being mocked (Video)

Rapper Wale confronted Toronto Raptors TV announcer Matt Devlin during Tuesday’s Washington Wizards-Toronto Raptors in DC game after being mocked on the visiting team’s telecast.

Wale is a Washington DC native and fan of the local sports teams. He was exchanging words with Rudy Gay as the Raptors forward went off for 12 points during the second quarter. The exchange between the two was described on TV by Raptors announcer Matt Devlin, who slighted the rapper in the process.

Devlin emphasized that Wale was a “local” rapper even though the performer is known internationally, and continued to mock him.

“Wale’s inspiring. I’m sure somebody on Twitter can tell me exactly if they’ve heard of Wale. He’s not Drake, that’s for sure.”

Word of Devlin’s trash talk must have gotten back to Wale, because he tweeted at the announcer:

Wale, still apparently upset with Devlin, tried confronting the broadcast team.

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Rudy Gay reportedly on trade block

Rudy Gay is expected to be on the trade block this summer, according to a report from Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. Kennedy says league sources expect Gay, who is scheduled to make $53.6 million over the next three seasons, to be shopped by the Grizzlies.

Kennedy reports that the Warriors, Raptors, Nets and Magic are among the teams who would be interested in trading for Gay.

Memphis has signed Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol to long-term extensions, and they reportedly are looking to re-sign O.J. Mayo, Marreese Speights, and Darrell Arthur, who are all restricted free agents.

Though Gay is one of the better players in the league, the Grizzlies have done fine without him in the lineup. They beat the Spurs in the playoffs last year when Gay was out recovering from shoulder surgery. He also played poorly during the team’s first-round playoff series against the Clippers, so it’s understandable why they might find him expendable if they get the right offer.

I can imagine the Warriors and Nets being in the mix for a deal considering both teams are looking to add talent rather than rebuild. That’s the type of addition that would make Deron Williams consider signing with the Nets long-term.

Vince Carter blows his bad breath in Rudy Gay’s face (Animated)

When you’re a 35-year-old player who has been in the league for 13 years, sometimes you have to find creative ways to keep up. Vince Carter was either attempting to do that during the Mavericks game against the Grizzlies last Saturday, or he’s just a disgusting human being. As you can see from the animation that @cjzero shared on Twitter, Carter blew his bad breath into Rudy Gay’s face and was pretty proud of it.

You have to keep up with these young guys somehow, right? No but seriously, that’s just gross.

H/T The Big Lead