Gay's trying to figure out just who the fuck is in his way
Bear with me on this one. I know your temptation is to shut the door on the harbinger of ill-news (ill-news is an ill-guest, and all that LOTR stuff). However, this information will be useful. Wouldn't you rather know that your daddy wasn't coming home and go to sleep dejected, rather than stay up all-night, only to wake up groggy to a pool of your tears and broken promises? Wow, I guess I'm not really giving you many options here. Bear with me!
When news broke that Rudy Gay was having laser eye surgery to correct his vision, many Gay-defenders (you know, like the LGBT...nevermind) were filled with hope. They were so tired and powerless against the overwhelming refrains of "he's an inefficient shooter" from the so-called "stats crowd". Finally, they had something other than denial and ignorance to hold on to!
Quotes from Rudy Gay painted the myopic picture that once was. "I did have vision problems," said Gay, "I could hardly get my licence". It appeared, however foggy, that the vision was a real problem for Gay.
Now, obviously vision is important to a basketball player's success. Even I know this; I (foolishly) keep my glasses on during pick-up basketball because I want to avoid throwing a pass at someone's head by accident (or so I will have you believe).
The argument is simple. Better vision will help Rudy Gay's shot; he'll see clearer, so he'll shoot more accurately. This is it! This is what was keeping Gay back. Watch out NBA, Rudy Gay is coming, and he can actually see you now! Be afraaaaid! Not this guy!
Now before we get ahead of ourselves, let's just take a step back and think on this for a second. Rudy Gay has shot better than 39% on 16-23 footers in four separate seasons. He has also shot better than 34% on three-pointers in three separate seasons. It's not like this guy was Demar Derozan or anything (oohhh...I should really lay off poor DD). How much did the eyesight thing affect him?
Perhaps the benefits of the surgery will be marginal. Maybe it'll simply improve Rudy Gay's quality of life, rather than improve his shooting (although that would really help). After all, none of us are doctors (and if we were, we'd be banging our smoking hot wives and being bad-asses; I watched a lot of House).
Someone does know.
What? A doctor knows?!? Sheeeeeeeeit!
This is intuitive; batters (who are better "see-ers" than pitchers) need to recognize the location, spin and trajectory of a baseball and decide what to do in a fraction of a millisecond. If you can hardly get a licence, and you're not wearing contacts or glasses, you'll never make it in the MLB (at least not as a hitter).
So what did Dr. Laby's study find? There was no statistically significant difference in the players's performances (measured by AVG, OBP, SLG, OBP) before and after the surgery. Basically, laser eye surgery didn't do shit for these players.
Does this mean that it won't help Gay's shooting? No it doesn't. What it means is that there is no evidence of lasik eye surgery improving a player's performance in baseball. These results should be translatable to basketball because basketball requires the same visual skills, but are less demanding of these skills as baseball is.
So it's certainly not a hard no, but it's not looking so good for Gay. See what I did there (twice)?