Rudy Gay got himself cleared to play in the Impact Basketball Series on Tuesday, and he was joined on the floor for the first time in a while by Memphis Grizzlies teammate OJ Mayo who dropped in for his first action yesterday too.
After a game that featured Gay, Mayo, Tony Allen, and Rookie Josh Selby all out on the Impact floor playing together, Mayo fielded a series of questions from the media in the video below:
Mayo spoke candidly about the up-and-down season he just finished – one that saw him just about traded at deadline only to come back and be a contributing factor to the Grizzles success in the postseason – as well as a number of other topics too.
He touched on how excited he was to see his boy Rudy Gay get back out on the floor for the first time in a while, as well as his personal focus to continue to mature as a player. He hit on that anti-climatic finish to the Mayweather / Ortiz too, and was pretty funny when speaking on that.
As far as the game went, Mayo looked pretty good out there playing alongside Gay and his other Grizzlies teammates. He sounded sincere about trying to mature as a person and a player too. If he can somehow learn to pick his spots effectively and fit in as a compliment to the scoring triumphant of Randolph, Gay, and Gasol, then Memphis could be on to something here.
They have a lot of young weapons at the moment, and OJ is certainly one of them. So long as he does not shoot way, way, too much as he’s prone to do at times, then I’ll believe that he’s focused on improving. We’ll see what happens though.