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.