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Lost in the Memphis Grizzlies' tremendous postseason run was the fact that they were getting things done without perhaps their best (or second best, word to Z-Bo) player. After suffering a separated left shoulder in March, Gay missed the remainder of the regular season and the Grizz's historic playoff run. Was Memphis better off without Rudy or would they have made a push for the Western Conference Finals with him? We'll find out when a healthy Rudy returns to the court whenever play resumes.
When he does return, you may see Rudy rocking this PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011. Featuring a predominantly University Blue upper, the shoe is accented by obsidian hits on the mesh paneling, inner liner and midsole. Rudy's logo on the tongue and Swoosh branding throughout are done in contrasting yellow. Expect this pair, and several other Player Edition colorways, to drop at House of Hoops this summer.