I was hanging out at Impact Basketball early Sunday afternoon watching Philadelphia 76ers’ big man Maresse Speights finish up his individual training session at the facility when Rudy Gay came rolling in wearing a Memphis Grizzlies baseball hat, so I figured I’d stay and watch his too. I had that image of Gay with a shoulder brace on over his suit, sidelined during this past postseason in my head, and I wanted to get an idea of about how hard he could go at this point. Below is some video I shot while I was watching:
For a little over two hours, alongside Detroit Piston Austin Daye, Rudy went way harder than I expected he could at this point. He had surgery in late March to repair a left shoulder subluxation he injured in a February 15th game against the Philly, and he appears to be doing everything he can to be back with the Grizzlies whenever day one of the regular season eventually does find itself scheduled.
I asked Rudy how his rehab is coming along on the way out, and this is what he told me:
“I feel good man, real good. I’m just trying to go real hard, trying to test it [his left shoulder], and just get myself all the way back and cleared [medically] by the start of the season. But everything’s been going real good.”
It would seem things could go real good for the Grizzles too if Gay ends up back in a rotation that went to Game Seven of the Second Round last season too. They really could be pretty nasty with Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, OJ Mayo, and an improving Mike Conley, but we’ll have to wait until after these labor negotiations get settled to find out.
If you happen to be a guy who might be interested in wagering on that sort of thing, Vegas currently has the Grizzlies as a 30 to 1 shot to win the title. I was thinking about droping an Alexander Hamilton on that before I fly out of here on the chance it pays out three Franklin’s, but I’m still waiting to see if my Crossover Chronicles raise application goes through before I commit.