Rudy Gay Banned Stats From the Toronto Raptors Locker Room

by November 26, 2013

The numbers don’t like Rudy Gay, and the feeling is mutual. Gay, shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field so far this season, has banned statsheets from appearing in the Raptors’ locker room. Per the Toronto Sun: “Gay sees the scoresheets as an unnecessary barrier to team unity or even a temptation to be more focussed on what is best for the individual as opposed to what is best for the team. ‘We’re not playing for stats,’ Gay said. Gay said there was no incident or no moment that pushed him toward this decision but as a leader on this team, he felt it was just something that was best for the team. ‘I wanted to just nip it in the butt before it became an issue,’ he said. ‘We come in here after losses, after wins and people are staring at those stat sheets, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re a team and the stat that matters is the W.’ When it’s pointed out that isn’t always the case in a league where the gap between the highest paid the lowest paid members on a team can be huge and stats may mean more to some than others, Gay agreed. ‘It isn’t,’ he said, ‘but at the end of the day if we win everybody gets their just due. I’ve seen it. I’ve been a part of it.’ Gay said there were no objections from his teammates when he delivered the news. ‘No, none. It was pretty easy.'”