During a video on his YouTube page, San Antonio Spurs veteran Rudy Gay shared what the Orlando bubble experience was all about for him.
Everyone’s experience in the Orlando bubble was a bit different. Between the changing times, home situations and months of quarantine that proceeded the event, no two players entered the bubble with that same perspective. That was made clear by San Antonio Spurs veteran Rudy Gay, who took to his YouTube channel to give fans a look at his view of it all.
During his video, Gay touched on a variety of topics including his experience riding a scooter around the campus, using the restart as an opportunity to discuss social justice and using his platform to be a great role model for kids from his hometown of Baltimore. He equated the Bubble experience to an AAU camp like those he went to in his youth.
He also confirmed our suspicions that Rudy used his time wisely during the hiatus. It was speculated that he put on some extra muscle during that time off. While he didn’t confirm that aspect exactly, he made note that during his time away from the San Antonio Spurs, Gay put himself to the test and got in better shape than he was in before the season was shut down.
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Gay said that his experience in the bubble helped him understand his San Antonio Spurs teammates better. The veteran leader mentioned that a lot has changed since he entered the league and now, he got to use this time to improve himself as a leader and a person. The connections with his younger cohorts few, which certainly resulted in on-court chemistry.
Even though he struggled during the season before the shutdown, Gay turned his year around once the Spurs got to Orlando. The 34-year-old averaged 17.9 points per game in his seven games at Walt Disney World, hitting 46.8 percent of his shots including 45.7 percent of five 3-pointers per contest. His lights-out shooting, intense defensive play and guidance were influential for a youthful San Antonio Spurs core.
“The best part about these young guys is that they play hard — They play hard as hell,” Gay said. “That doesn’t always translate into smart [play]…” After years of being “the guy,” or at least one of them, it’s interesting to see how much focus Gay put on being. veteran. At a certain point, every player has to look at themselves in the mirror and consider that they don’t run the show anymore.
Whether Gay hit that moment in the bubble or beforehand is undetermined, but once he accepted what this team was going to be, he hit his stride once more.
Regardless of the outcome, the San Antonio Spurs were lucky to have Gay in the Orlando restart.