Here's the first video of Sacramento Kings star Rudy Gay living life in the slow lane ... scooting around NYC after having major surgery on his Achilles.
Rudy ruptured his tendon in a game against the Pacers on January 18 ... and TMZ Sports got him out in NYC fresh off his surgery this week.
The 6'8" forward was moving slowly, but told our camera guy the setback wasn't anything he couldn't handle while admitting the obvious ... it FREAKIN' HURTS.
FYI Rudy -- If you need any advice on how to turn up while you serve your scooter sentence, hit up Maurice Jones-Drew ... dude's got it down to a science.
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