Grizzlies Better Off Without Rudy Gay?
The Memphis Grizzlies may be better off without Rudy Gay. And their new owner and management team, as it turns out, may not have sacrificed this season after all.
Strange though it may seem that one of the Western Conference’s best teams could trade its longtime leading scorer and manage to improve, that has been the case since the Jan. 30 deal that sent Gay to Toronto and brought back veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince and young players Ed Davis and Austin Daye.
“I think we’re a better team, man,” Grizzlies All-Star forward Zach Randolph told USA TODAY Sports. “You’re (getting) the whole team playing one way, and guys sticking to what they do and playing together, playing for each other and playing defense and playing inside-out basketball. It’s a lot better – a better mindset – playing like that.
“(Swapping Gay for Prince) took a little pressure off,” (Marc) Gasol said.