Go big or go home. It's not worth winning if you can't win big. Big players makes big plays in big games. I see a lot of people chirping Rudy Gay for dribbling around like a dickhead before launching a completely unnecessary step back three when he had half a shot clock worth of time to take a contested shot that wasn't 27 feet away from basket, but this isn't his fault. This is on us (and every nauseating cliche that's been used prior to the final scene of any prototypical sports movie). After all, there's nothing "big" about a pull-up, mid-range J.
I suppose a lay up may have counted for enough points to get the Kings a victory in a game that their best player managed to foul out of in one quarter's time, but - to the general public - it wouldn't have counted nearly as much as an unbalanced prayer from the parking lot. Sure, he looks pretty stupid after that prayer fell about ten feet short of coming to fruition, but to get huge rewards - like a top spot on SportsCenter - you need to take huge risks. If you ask me, a ridiculously low percentage shot that compromised his team's ability to creep above .500 for the first time this decade is a pretty big risk.
Poor guy. Just trying to get his completely defunct franchise some airtime with a miraculous fall away trey, and an airball has people are calling him selfish?!? Ha! I'm currently writing about the Kings. That's something that a DeMarcus Cousins trek to the lower concourse couldn't get me to do, and it's all thanks to Rudy Gay and his selflessness in making an ass out of himself in pursuit of some publicity.