For the past couple of seasons, new Toronto Raptors’ forward Rudy Gay has endured a steady decline in his shooting percentages, making some wonder if he will ever reach his potential as a star in the NBA. The problem has always seemed to be his vision, thus Gay’s constant attempt to fix the issue.
Gay has tried prescription goggles as well as contact lenses, but did not like either of them, nor did they help. At the end of this last season, Gay decided he would opt for laser eye surgery to try and correct the problem.
Head coach Dwane Casey has seen issues like this before, and hopes that it works out in Gay’s favor.
“He has complained about his eyes, he tried to wear goggles, and that didn’t work. He is supposed to be wearing contacts, and he didn’t like the contacts, he didn’t like having anything on his eyes. So they elected to do the surgery,” Casey said to Sporting News last week.
“I am keeping my fingers crossed. For some players, they get that done and it is like seeing a new rim. Hopefully, the same thing happens with him.”
Last season, his shooting percentage dropped all the way down to just above 41 percent after he at one point was up around 47 percent from the field. Gay recently shed some light on how different this operation was and his hopes that it will improve his scoring, but also that he has put in tons of work in the gym this summer.
“It was some kind of crazy operation that took a lot more time to heal than I thought. It sucked. They had to patch it up (after), and I had to take eye drops, all stuff that I hated. But I had to do it,” he told SLAMOnline in an interview earlier in the summer.
“It’s crazy because as much work as I’m putting in working on my shot, if I come back shooting (a better) percent from the three-point line, everybody’s gonna say it’s ’cause of my vision, not the hard work I’m putting in.”
I have a feeling Raptors fans don’t necessarily care how it happens, just so long as Gay’s shooting percentage rises once again. His leadership and scoring are going to be counted on in a big way next season, and the team cannot afford another down year from their recently-acquired swingman.