Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay has always had issues with the consistency of his shooting. He’s hoping that this is at least somewhat aided by offseason eye surgery he recently underwent to improve his vision. Gay detailed the operation to Adam Figman of SLAM, admitting that he did have a vision problem.
“I did have vision problems,” Gay confesses, sitting up on the trainer’s table after Gray finishes stretching out his muscles. “Actually, it was terrible. I could hardly get my license.” The National Post reported that he refused to wear the contact lenses he desperately needed, which was correct: “I have a stigma about that stuff—I can’t put anything up my nose and I can’t touch my eyes. I think that just comes from me growing up seeing people on drugs—I got over my stigma of needles, but I couldn’t do any of that other stuff. I couldn’t wear contacts. I wore glasses, sometimes.”
Gay finally bit the bullet and underwent the eye operation earlier this summer. He described the surgery as “crazy” and said the whole ordeal took a lot longer to heal than he initially aniticipated.
“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.”
Between the work he’s putting in this offseason and the corrective surgery, Gay is hoping to improve on his shooting in 2013-14. Last season, he shot just 32.3 percent from three and 36 percent from mid-range.