In a happy locker room, he may have been the happiest. In a room filled with players who deserved this moment, he may have deserved it more than anyone.
“Last year was sweet, but to be a part of this one is so much better,” said Rudy Gay. “This is fun to me.”
By this, he meant the playoffs. The Memphis Grizzlies are going back.
They are going back despite losing Zach Randolph for most of the season. They are going back despite losing Darrell Arthur for all of it.
They are going back with a reshaped roster, that survived a frenetic schedule, and that somehow maintained the same grit-grind identity.