Gay finally had the operation to clear up his sight early this summer. “It wasn’t even a regular operation,” he explains. “It was some kind of crazy operation that took a lot more time to heal than I thought. It sucked. They had to patch it up [after], and I had to take eye drops, all stuff that I hated. But I had to do it. It’s crazy because as much work as I’m putting in working on my shot, if I come back shooting [a better] percent from the three-point line, everybody’s gonna say it’s ’cause of my vision, not the hard work I’m putting in.”
I can kind of understand Gay’s preemptive frustration. When you put in as many hours of work on developing your game and honing your craft as an NBA player does, you’d like the credit for any improvement to go toward all that hard work and dedication rather than to a LASIK technician, or whomever.
That said, any griping about not getting appropriate praise seems a bit weird, considering the primary reason for the praise would be improved shooting accuracy that Gay very well may have been able to improve himself years ago had he gotten over being squeamish about sticking his finger in his eye. Also, this praise remains purely theoretical, because it requires Gay to start making a higher percentage of his jump shots; after seven years of that not happening super frequently, we’re going to need to see that — with our glasses on, contacts in, whatever — before we believe it.
If it does work, though — if Gay proves consistently able to can jumpers off the bounce, when opponents go under screens against him in the pick-and-roll, when the ball swings his way in Toronto’s half-court offense, etc. — it would go a long way toward making Dwane Casey’s Raptors a legitimate threat to snare one of the East’s final two or three playoff slots.
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