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Rudy Gay finally cleared to shoot basketballs again

Aug 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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The amazing thing about Memphis’ run through the playoffs was they did it without their best perimeter player… heck, their best player period.

Rudy Gay dislocated his shoulder in February and had to have surgery, knocking him out for the rest of the season. He’s just been rehabbing and trying to be ready to go whenever the league is ready to go after the lockout.

This week he reached a milestone, reports Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

Last night, Rudy Gay was able to shoot a basketball for the first time in five months. Gay underwent surgery to repair his partially-dislocated left shoulder in March, but he has now been cleared to put up shots. Immediately after receiving the good news, the small forward went to a nearby gym to shoot around. While he still has a lot of work to do before he can play at full speed, this is a step in the right direction for Gay, who last played on February 15.

Gay may have a long ways to go, but it looks like he may have a long time to get there. But with him back in the lineup Memhis becomes a very interesting team to watch next season.

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