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#pounditWednesday, June 7, 2023

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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