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Casey Thinks Gay Will Adjust Quickly

There are good problems to have as a head coach and one of those is trying to incorporate a player like Rudy Gay into the mix. However, as a great of a player as Gay is for Casey to utilize, the reality is he’s trying to do that midseason while losing a valued floor general in Jose Calderon.

Still, the Raptors head coach has a great player to throw in the mix in Gay and Casey doesn’t Gay having a hard time adjusting due to his high basketball IQ.

“It’s tough, but that’s part of the NBA,” Casey admitted when I asked what it’s like to try to add a player to the mix during the season. “The good thing about it is Rudy (Gay) is such a smart pro. He’s been in the league (WHAT) seasons and he has a great basketball IQ. He has been coached well by Lionell (Hollins) in Memphis and he’s from a winning program. He knows the fundamentals. We can’t get to some of our special situations, but a lot of the basic stuff he will be able to handle and that’s a credit to him because of his high basketball IQ. He’s just a really smart kid.”

After a crash course with Casey this afternoon through a video session with his new player, Gay will get a chance to be thrown in the mix tonight. And, if the game is close in the closing seconds, look for Casey to utilize his new closer.

Ryan McNeill
Ryan McNeill has appeared on ESPN Radio, MTV Canada, SiriusXM, The Fan 590 and other radio programs and TV shows. He has covered the NBA with media credentials since the 2007-08 season.
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