Don't blame Rudy Gay for failed Raptors stint, blame MLSE

Rudy Gay played for the Raptors for less than a year before being dealt to the Sacramento Kings,...

Rudy Gay played for the Raptors for less than a year before being dealt to the Sacramento Kings, Friday night's opponent. (USA Today)

Ryan Wolstat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

If you blinked, you might have missed the Rudy Gay era. The talented swingman played just 51 games for the Raptors before being dealt to Sacramento on Dec. 8, less than a year after he was brought over from Memphis.

He returns to town for the first time on Friday. What kind of reception will he receive? Hopefully it won’t be the treatment Toronto faithful have reserved for noted traitors Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh, or for all-world loafers Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu. There’s a lot of blame to be shared for the failed Rudy Gay experiment in Toronto and Gay even needs to accept some of it, but if you’re looking for people to fault over his inconsequential time here, pre-Tim Leiweke Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. would be must deserving of your scorn.

Of course, fans don’t ever get the opportunity to razz Larry Tanenbaum, Bell chief George Cope, former Rogers boss Nadir Mohamed or other board members.


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