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Happy birthday, Rudy Gay

The man in the middle turns thirty-three today.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Whether or not we care to admit it, we all took a collective sign of relief when Rudy Gay signed on with the San Antonio Spurs for a third season. While one player does not make a break a team, Rudy has elevated his own game, and consequently that of his teammates, throughout his tenure with the Silver & Black. He was the welcoming and reassuring voice when DeMar DeRozan received the news that he’d been traded to San Antonio. And he is the man who entrusted Gregg Popovich with his ACL recovery.

“Rudy Gay, Uninterrupted” came out over a year ago, but it offers great insight into his thinking.

Personally, a few seasons back when he was the leader of the Sacramento Kings, I thought he’d make a great San Antonio Spurs player. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Happy birthday, Rudy. Many happy returns.

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