Kings Forward Rudy Gay Is Improving His Footwork and Basketball Strength This Off-Season

Kings forward Rudy Gay has been working on improving his footwork and upper-body strength this off-season.

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has been working hard all off-season to improve his game. The 30-year-old is still producing great numbers, but he wants to get even better. Last season, Gay averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Kings.

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The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder has been working out with Manning Sumner, founder of #NoDaysOFF and owner of Legacy Fit Private Professional Athlete Strength and Conditioning in Miami. In the Instagram videos below, you will see Gay working on his foot speed and basketball-specific drills.

Gay performs ladder drills to increase his foot speed for next season. This will help him blow by defenders and stay in front of ball handlers. Gay carries a med ball around his waist to make the exercise more difficult.

In the next video, Gay is shown working on his upper body and performing basketball-specific strength exercises. The Sled Push works his upper body, but since he pushes the sled horizontally and not vertically, it will translate more to the court than a Bench Press.

Gay also performs Sled Pulls, which work his quad muscles and help him execute dunks like this:


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Topics: BASKETBALL TRAINING | UPPER BODY | SPEED DRILLS | NBA | SLED TRAINING