SACRAMENTO -- Following the Sacramento Kings’ home finale Tuesday night, the team’s forgotten man sat in to field questions from the media for the first time since January. The last time we saw Rudy Gay in the locker room, he was on crutches with a hoodie pulled over his head and a horrible diagnosis in his heart.
“I’d say the toughest part is over,” Gay said following the Kings win over the Suns. “It’s been one of those situations where you wake up and you feel like the world is over some days and some days you’re motivated.”
A ruptured Achilles tendon is serious, but it’s nowhere near the same surgery it was a few years back. The recovery time has been cut in half with medical advancements and Gay is feeling good about his future.
“I feel like I’m way ahead of schedule,” Gay said. “I’m doing things now that I didn’t think I would be able to do this early. I’ve even surprised doctors, so that says a lot.”
During his recovery, Gay has spoken to Kobe Bryant and Wes Matthews to help gather information on the injury, but each injury is specific to the player and how their body responds to treatment.
Gay has a player option at $14.3 million to remain in Sacramento for next season. He will make the decision on his future when the time comes.
“One thing at a time,” Gay said when asked about his contract status. “I think I’ve been doing well just worrying about my injury right now, so I’m going to stick with that and let the people I pay to handle that, handle that.”
Gay, 30, signed with Rock Nation earlier in the season before the injury. His team will have to assess his value on the open market or see if his best plan of attack is to stick in Sacramento for one more year and prove he is healthy enough for a long-term deal going forward.