Interview: Rudy Gay
June 4, 2006
How are you feeling after the workout? Tired? Was this anything special for you in terms of how hard you guys went today?
: Nah. Usually we go harder or the same as this every day. Iím not really tired, Iím used to it.
Jonathan Givony: How long have you been working here for?
: Three weeks.
Jonathan Givony: Any specific things youíve been working on in anticipation of workouts or the NBA season?
: Well Idan [Ravin] works with us on ball-handling and stuff like that, and I feel itís gotten a lot better. Shooting off the dribble, and just refining all of my skills.
Jonathan Givony: It seems like Idan is definitely trying to push and motive you. How do you think his style of coaching compares with Coach Calhoun?
: I think itís totally different. Coach (Calhoun) is the type that will push to get the extra stuff out of you, but Idan expects it out of you because he knows how you play, he knows what you can do. So itís kind of nice playing him because he expects a lot out of you. You want to do a lot for him.
Jonathan Givony: Itís probably a lot easier for him because you came to him to train, and youíve got a couple of big weeks ahead of you in terms of workouts and stuff like that. What are the challenges of a guy like Calhoun with such a talented team trying to get playing time for everybody? Was that a tough situation at UConn this year?
: For him Iím sure it was, because I donít think there was another team ever that had as much talent as we did. Itís hard to put different players in different positions without getting people mad. Knowing that each person can do certain things, but then again our team is so deep that they canít do it all at certain times. It had to be hard for him but I think he handled it pretty well.
Jonathan Givony: So what do you think you guys were missing to make that next step? Just bad luck?
: I think we just lived on the edge too much. We got too complacent; I think we needed to play a little bit harder in certain stretches of the game.
Jonathan Givony: Is there anything you feel youíve improved on since being here?
: Oh everything. Like I said, Idan Ravin expects you to do so much more so you get better at it. Iíve gotten better at everything.
Jonathan Givony: Is it nice to be close to home?
: Honestly I havenít been home once since Iíve been here. My family will be there. My family knows that Iím trying to make a big decision, and make a big step for my family and also myself. So Iím not really too worried about going home and stuff like that right now. Itís just all about business.
Jonathan Givony: When are you going to start doing your workouts?
: Iím not really sure. I think maybe a couple before Orlando and a couple after.
Jonathan Givony: How much are you looking forward to the workouts? Have you talked to people about them, do you know what to expect?
: Yeah Iím ready. I think Idanís got me ready. Heís done a lot to get me prepared for this. Iím just ready to get to it and start doing my thing.
Jonathan Givony: Youíve probably seen a lot of college basketball this year. Anyone in particular that you would like to go up against in workouts that you think you would match up well with?
: Anybody. I donít really care; Iím just ready to go out there. Anybody thatís willing to strap up against me, Iím willing to play my hardest against. Right now it really doesnít matter weather itís Tyrus Thomas, Adam Morrison, anybody. Iíll play with any of them
Jonathan Givony: What about a rematch with Brandon Roy? You guys had some bad blood in the NCAA tournament game and it seems like your kind of gearing up for the same spot in the draft.
Is that something you would look forward to?
: I wouldnít mind it at all. I wouldnít mind it. But it depends on how the ball drops. Whatever somebody needs and if they want to test me against him, Iíd be ready for it.
Jonathan Givony: Do you think you still have a chance go #1?
: Yeah thatís what we working for. I set my goals high, and Idan told me once we started that I can still go #1, and Iím still shooting for number one. I feel as though my talent can take me to number one. I think if I work hard enough I could be number one, so what not?
Jonathan Givony: So thatís something thatís important to you?
: Yeah definitely. Iím going to work as hard as I can to get there.
Jonathan Givony: Youíre not afraid of the pressure? Number one pick, thatís just an incredible amount of pressure and it seems like no matter what you do you cant please everybody, so would that really matter at the end of the day?
: (laughs) No Iím used to it. Iím used to the pressure. Just being number one makes me want to work hard
Jonathan Givony: Preseason All-American, Wooden Award and all thatÖdid you think that was maybe a little premature? Did you like that pressure that people put on you or do you think people expected a little too much out of you too soon?
: Really when I made that, it just went out one ear and out the other. I didnít even worry about all the pre-season things. The post season means the most to me because we didnít win the championship, and I think there was a lot of things I could have accomplished that I didnít. Also, I think thereís a lot for me in the future to accomplish, so really Iím just looking to the future.
Jonathan Givony: Do you still keep in touch with all the guys from UConn like Josh Boone and Rashad Anderson and those guys?
: I keep in touch with all of them. I just try to make sure that they doing what they need to be doing to get to the next step and also see how they doing in their workouts.
Jonathan Givony: Some guys put restrictions on workouts. Like Gerald Green said Iím not going to workout against anybody. I know itís up to your agent at the end of the day, but do you personally have any problem with going head to head with guys like Morrison, Thomas, Roy, and Aldridge?
: I have no problem with it, because obviously if people donít want to go up against anybody they obviously have things that they need to work on or things that they felt hey could have been doing that they havenít been. I have no weaknesses in my game, Iím ready for anybody.
Charlie Bury: Tell me about the Baltimore game, I know a lot of players come out of Baltimore. (Steve Novak in the background ďThere are no players from Baltimore manĒ
: I think the thing about Baltimore is its tough. Everybody wants to be this and that but not a lot of people put the work in. Anybody that puts the work in you see in the NBA; like Sam Cassell, Melo, Juan Dixon, people like that.
Charlie Bury: Do some of the UConn guys in the league now give you advice about his whole process and what to expect?
: Yeah I talk to a couple guys like Rip Hamilton, Caron Butler. Theyíve helped me through the process and given me some tips.
Charlie Bury: What do you hope to show teams when you workout for them that they didnít see from your time at UConn?
: That I can be more assertive. I think at UConn I played a little more lax, and playing lax wonít get you money in the NBA.
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