Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Toronto has playoff aspirations heading into the new season, but that will only become a reality if Rudy Gay performs up to his potential. Gay was traded from Memphis to Toronto in late-January. Although his points per game increased, the poor shooting continued. The blame for his inept shooting has been vision problems. Gay’s three-point shooting has declined as his career progresses. In attempt to solve his eye problems, Gay underwent eye surgery to repair astigmatism in his eyes. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is keeping his fingers crossed that eye surgery will cure Gay’s game. Gay is the big name on the Raptor roster, and though he averaged 19.5 points after coming to Toronto from Memphis in a late-January trade, he shot just 42.5 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from the 3-point line. But Gay has suffered a decline in his 3-point shooting as his career has gone on, and the hope is that the dip is the result of astigmatism in his eyes. He had surgery to fix the problem after struggling with it for years. “If you look at his career, it has steadily gone down,” Casey said. “He has complained about his eyes, he tried to wear goggles, and that didn’t work. He is supposed to be wearing contacts, and he didn’t like the contacts, he didn’t like having anything on his eyes. So they elected to do the surgery. I am keeping my fingers crossed. For some players, they get that done and it is like seeing a new rim. Hopefully, the same thing happens with him.”    
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