Tuesday , Sep , 01 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rudy Gay Has Added Fifteen Pounds of Muscle

Rudy Gay wants to be an NBA All-Star.

That’s nothing new. He said the same thing last year.

Rudy Gay has grown his skills and his attitude while working with USA Basketball. "I love Memphis. … This is where I can make big things happen for myself and the Grizzlies," he says.

The difference now for the Grizzlies’ 6-8 forward could be the strength behind his words.

Gay carries, by his estimation, about 15 pounds of added muscle. He’ll tell you his level of focus is immeasurable behind a strong showing during USA Basketball’s July minicamp. His desire to elevate the Grizzlies is off the charts with training camp less than a month away and three consecutive losing seasons in the rearview mirror.