San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay spoke to UNINTERRUPTED about his recovery from a ruptured Achilles and how it impacted him.
Before Rudy Gay signed a two-year, $17 million deal (with a player option for the second season) with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 offseason, he was in the midst of Achilles rehab after rupturing it in January 2017. This happened while on the Sacramento Kings and put Gay out for the rest of the 2016-17 season.
Health was always a question for this signing, and, so far, the Spurs have received 36 games from the 31-year old in the 2017-18 season. He recently returned after missing two months with a right heel injury.
The Achilles rupture had a larger impact on Gay’s career, however, which he told UNINTERRUPTED about in its latest short. He documented the dark mindset this injury gave him, but reversed those thoughts and decided to go out there and prove himself:
“I had a conversation with myself. I said, ‘Yo you can’t be like this anymore. It doesn’t help you at all. People are looking at you like you’re diminished goods.’ So, what I did was try to prove myself again.”
Along with this, Gay spoke on the injury advice Kobe Bryant shared with him and the call received from Gregg Popovich:
Gay was able to overcome the rehab process and return for the regular-season opener in mid-October, a remarkable circumstance for an injury that has derailed NBA players for years. The latest one was New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, who ruptured his Achilles days before the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. This ended his season and caused questions for his impending free-agency on July 1.
With the 2006 NBA Draft pick back for San Antonio, let’s see how he impacts the team for the season’s home stretch. Only six weeks and 21 games remain before the NBA Playoffs begin, so there’s a short window for him to gel with the team, contribute to solidifying a playoff spot and work from there.