The player had dislocated his left shoulder while playing against Philadelphia 76ers on 15th Feb 2011. Gay underwent various scans and the doctors claimed that he was unfit to play the game. Rudy then went to a surgeon in Birmingham, where a team of doctors stated that a surgery would be the best option.
"I've never really been hurt. I've never had anything shut me down. There's really no brace or anything I can wear to make it better. I have to have the surgery," stated a gloomy Gay when he knew that surgery was the only option he had.
He underwent the operation in March and has spent almost six months away from the game. He has fought hard in rehabilitation in those six months and was more than happy when on August 10th; he was given the green signal to start light training. The player was so excited that he rushed to a local gym and shot his first shot in nearly six months. The 2006 first round pick would have to make up for the lost time, but he was more than confidant that he would battle to find his previous form and fitness.
The injury blow to Gay came at a very crucial time for the Grizzlies. The side was struggling to secure the play-offs even when Gay was there. Following the injury, it seemed highly unlikely for the side to progress into the post season. However, miraculously, the Grizzlies turned their season around and managed to secure a play-off spot.
Gay was one of the top players for his franchise that season and gained applause from all around the country for his precision and speed. However, the Grizzlies team effort should be the one who should be applauded, as they managed to still secure the playoff berth without Gay, which is a super achievement.
Rudy’s scoring stats prior to his injury were exceptional, as the player averaged 19.8 points per game. Gay managed 54 games in the previous season for the Grizzlies and his astounding statistics were achieved owing to his quality shooting skills. He managed .471 percent from the field and .805 from the free throw line.
The player is now looking forward to resume training with the Franchise and make up for the lost time. Having Rudy back into the side would clearly bolster their chances for the new season and Grizzlies are the team to watch for the coming season.