Rudy Gay woke up one day and had a heart-to-heart with himself.
He decided it was time to make a change. Gay thought he could give a lot more of himself and become a better teammate.
And the soul-searching led Gay to ask his longtime girlfriend, Ecko Wray, for her hand in marriage.
"It's time for me to take control of my life," Gay said. "It's not just about basketball. It's about me personally, too."
So while the basketball universe looks at the Grizzlies' 6-8 small forward and sees a player ready to soar to new heights, Gay couldn't be more grounded.