There was the expected crowd of local media waiting for Rudy Gay following Thursday’s practice at the Raptors practice facility in the Air Canada Centre.
Gay was asked what kind of reception he expected from fans tomorrow night when the Kings play the Raptors.
Based on some of the messages I received after the trade in December, I’d assume a lot of fans around here were happy to say goodbye to Gay.
Gay’s stint in Toronto was marred by losing and inefficient offense from Gay. The Kings have seen the opposite.
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Gay responded to the question by saying he didn’t care how he was received in his return to Toronto because that was for others to talk about.
“I tell these guys if you put two rims up in the kitchen I’ll go out there and play,” Gay said, referring to his teammates. “It doesn’t matter what happens, who’s booing or who’s cheering, I’m just happy for those guys and how they’re playing.”
*The Kings beat Toronto on Feb. 5, 109-101, in Sacramento.
That could take away some of the sentiment from the game.
“We got our hugs and kisses out of the way that game,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “So tomorrow hopefully it will be a lot more business on both sides of the basketball, both them and us.”
*The Kings made the signing of Royce White to a 10-day contract official today. White was assigned to the Kings’ D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.