SAN ANTONIO — Having spent time in Memphis, Toronto and Sacramento in a 13-year NBA career, new San Antonio Spurs brazen Rudy Gay views this latest event as his initial shot to contend perennially for titles.
Gay spent some time with ESPN.com to plead his reconstruction routine from a ripped left Achilles tendon, what he brings to a Spurs, and since he opted out of a $14.2 million agreement in Sacramento for a 2016-17 to take $8.4 million in San Antonio:
Michael C. Wright: How’s a rehab routine going?
Gay: It’s great. we indeed worked out today. I’m entirely privileged to do everything. I’m excellent now. The team, it has a possess formulation with me. But I’m prepared to go. I’ll really be prepared by camp.
Wright: So, since opt out of $14.2 million to come to San Antonio as a giveaway representative for a small some-more than half of that for a 2017-18 season?
Gay: Looking during my career, it’s only time to win. That’s what it’s mostly about. I’ve been in this joining for a small while now, and we haven’t gotten out of my career what we wanted. Coming to a place like San Antonio, it only seemed ideal for me.
Wright: It has been valid over a march of your career that we can get buckets, yet in your mind, how does that fit in with San Antonio’s character of play?
Gay: I’ve talked to [Spurs manager Gregg Popovich], and we’ve had a integrate of conversations. My diversion is one thing. But when a group wants to pointer you, and we pointer with a team, they have their possess prophesy for you. So obviously, we wish to take my diversion to another level. And if anybody knows how to do that, it would be Gregg Popovich.
Wright: What’s that subsequent level?
Gay: Who knows (laughs)? As we said: I’ve been famous to get buckets, and I’ve had that tarnish of only being a scorer. But we consider there’s a lot some-more to my game. we consider we can uncover that here in San Antonio.
Wright: From your conversations with Popovich, is there a certain purpose we and a group envision?
Gay: Yeah, we’ve talked. The diversion is changing a lot. It’s all about positional basketball. The some-more guys that can play opposite positions, a better. So that’s flattering many it. There’s not too many to speak about. You have your teams like Golden State, Houston, who all have guys that are switchable. we consider we can move that to this team.
Wright: Did we get a possibility to watch a Spurs during a playoffs? If so, what did we think?
Gay: For sure, we did. This is a group that’s traditionally great. Obviously, this year, a integrate of injuries came into play. Who knows what would have happened? They would have finished a improved quarrel [if not for a injuries]. But we do overtly consider a Warriors were only on another turn this year. They’re a good team.
Wright: You took all of your free-agent meetings in Austin. What was a tie-in there?
Gay: we have a kinesiologist I’ve been operative with that’s in Austin. Picking a group is great. But we don’t consider any of this matters though me being healthy. So, we consider that was a biggest thing.
Wright: Spurs fans are basketball-savvy. They know your resume on a court. What form of male are we off a court, since you’ll be entrance into a locker room that I’d report as being really eclectic, maybe even strange?
Gay: (Laughs) Eclectic? we don’t know, man. we flattering many can fit in anywhere. we don’t see myself as carrying a problem in that locker room. Strange is good, though. Strange only means people aren’t frightened to uncover how they feel, what they want. Hopefully it’s not weird. Strange is not bad. Weird is crazy (laughing). Maybe we can learn them some things.
Wright: You’ve been around a prolonged time, and we talked about winning earlier. But when you’ve played this long, when does a winning start to pass a financial aspect of all of this?
Gay: That’s a thing. When we got into a league, it was about winning first. There are a lot some-more what-ifs that come into play now. But always for me, winning has been a initial thing. I’ve been in situations where I’ve had to understanding with losing. But I’ve always seen myself as a leader or a intelligent basketball player. The financial thing, we consider winning comes first, and all else will follow.
Wright: Pop is substantially one of a many socially-aware coaches in a NBA, substantially in all of veteran sports. How does personification for a male like that ring with you?
Gay: Even before signing here, we had a pinnacle honour for him. I’ve listened such good things about him, with that being one of them. You wish to play for somebody that we honour on a justice and off a court. That’s a male you’d wish to go to conflict for, a male that’s not fearful to contend how he feels on a basketball justice or off a basketball court.
Wright: we asked that since you’re a Baltimore guy, and given all a things that have happened out there over a years, we figured Pop’s amicable recognition would resonate. Speaking of Baltimore, didn’t we build some playgrounds out there for a city?
Gay: Yeah, we built a couple. For me, it’s only we have to start from a commencement in Baltimore. That’s anywhere. Anywhere there’s trouble, you’ve got to start from a beginning, and we saw that. The kids didn’t even have a protected place to play. we saw that and only suspicion we could during slightest do that for now. But there’s a lot some-more work to be finished in that city.
Wright: Do we still have your basketball contest out there?
Gay: Yeah, indeed my basketball contest [the Rudy Gay Basketball Tournament] is entrance adult in August. we had been acid and perplexing to do things around a city, and that’s only my approach to lift income for opposite things. we have a charity, yet I’ve always been really approach in what we wanted to give behind to. You know how some people [want to take caring of] a Boys Girls Club or this or that? Well, that’s cool. That’s cool. But personally, I’d like to see that this mechanism lab is removing done, or these kids now have [what they need]. Actually, with building those jungle gyms in Baltimore, we had kids operative to build them and they indeed got salaries for that. Situations like that … OK, obviously, there’s a lot of drug dealing. There’s a lot of killing. There’s a lot of gangs in Baltimore. That all stems from a clarity of despondency and a clarity of struggling. If we can give kids an tangible face and a certain approach to make money, that keeps them off a streets. we did things in Memphis [with hospitals], in Toronto. we was a small bustling in Sacramento (laughing), a small distracted. But that’s one thing we wish we would have finished some-more of while we was out here.
Wright: Having switched teams so many times and carrying worked in so many opposite environments, is there a ideal approach to come into a new locker room and arrange of find your possess niche though stepping on anyone’s toes?
Gay: Just be yourself, and be a professional. That’s one thing I’ve always done. When we get into a new locker room we be a professional, do your job, and afterwards all else will follow.
Wright: You’re already in San Antonio spending time with a team. Got a bucket list on some of a things that we wish to do in a city?
Gay: Win a championship.