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Rubio to Knicks? "No"

Posted on: June 27, 2009 1:23 am
Reading between the lines is a favorite pastime when it comes to the Knicks. Anything remotely resembling a clue that the NBA's supposed flagship franchise might acquire one of basketball's hottest commodities results in endless speculation, twisted interpretation, and innuendo.

See the entry under James, LeBron.

Now see the new entry under Rubio, Ricky.

Meeting with the media at the Knicks' Westchester County training facility on Friday, team president Donnie Walsh mentioned that he planned to call his former employee, Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn, to find out why he drafted so many point guards. And yes, Walsh coyly stated, Rubio's cold response to being drafted by the 'Wolves and his probable return to Spain as a result would be discussed.

I shudder at the thought of viewing the back pages of the New York tabloids on Saturday. For one, it's my first day off in a long time. For another, Rubio most certainly will be pictured there. If not for Michael Jackson, Rubio might be on the front page.

As I tried to tell you on draft night, there's no need for this. Kahn isn't trading Rubio. He's not going to be a Knick, no matter how much agent Dan Fegan wants him to be. This should be the end of it.

Except ...

Hot items like Rubio have a long shelf life in the basketball-starved New York news cycle. And yes, things change. Circumstances change. People have a right to change their minds. But as of now, Kahn believes in Rubio so much that he's willing to wait a year or two for him to come out of exile in Spain. And the Knicks like their first-round pick, Jordan Hill, just fine.

"Kahn thinks Rubio is the best point ever," a knowledgeable, high-level basketball source told me. And the Knicks? Coach Mike D'Antoni, the person said, "loves Hill. Both stay put."

Just to make sure, I asked the same person early Saturday if anything had changed or was expected to change based on Walsh's planned conversation with Kahn.

"No," he said.

OK, then.

But just to satisfy the endless thirst for a splashy move by the Knicks, what is the best they could offer Minnesota in such a deal? Not Hill, but restricted free agent David Lee, who has received a qualifying offer from the Knicks and can be signed-and-traded after the league and NBA Players Association agree on the 2009-10 salary cap and luxury  tax in mid-July. Last time I checked, the Timberwolves have Al Jefferson. No disrespect to Lee, but Jefferson is better.

Yes, things change and circumstances change. And people have the right to change their minds. But as another high-level basketball source (note sarcasm) said as one of the media availability sessions ended during the NBA Finals: "Move along. There's nothing to see here."


Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2009 1:27 am

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

I think that Rubio going to turn into the Ryan Leaf of Basketball......All talent and know CLASS!

Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 8:10 pm

Rubio to Knicks? "No"


I like the list and the point...that quite a few Euro players have NBA talent...but Carlos Boozer??  You need to take him of this list.  He was born on a military base in Germany but grew up in Alaska, played college ball at Duke and played on the US team in the olympics. 

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 11:58 am

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

Let me help you with a few more names to fill up other fingers. In addition to:

Dirk, Germany
Parker, Spain
Gasol, Spain

You can also add these:

Hedo Turkoglu, Turkey
Jose Calderon, Spain
Rudy Fernandez, Spain
Andrea Bargnani, Italy
Carlos Boozer, Germany
Boris Diaw, France
Andrei Kirilenko, Russia
Mickael Pietrus, France
Andris Biedrins, Latvia
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuania
Mehmet Okur, Turkey

Last I checked... all these guys can play in the NBA.

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2009 8:30 am

rubio will be a bust..period

year after year the nba is intrigued by foreign players.  i just don't get it.  this is not hockey!  very few europeapn players are stars over here.  very hand count!.   parker, dirk, gasol, ---i still have two fingers left!

rubio averaged 2 points a game 2.  2.   2.  and two could do that.  1-6 fg, and two jump shots after a pass.....what changes over here?   he will not be able to guard anyone.  he wont get three steps to make his routine behind the back passes.   and will be eaten up by any average point agurad in the league.  i hope minnasota guts new york so i can see rubio and the other foreign player new york drafted last year.  the league should just bring pargo back....basically the same player. 

rubio will be a bust in the tradition of tishivili and milicek(sorry for spelling).  hopefully this will end this cycle of caring about average foreign players and put the focus back on local kids who can actually play!

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2009 2:57 am

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

;    Obviously you have not seen him play. The only question about him in the NBA is his defensive presence. He might be a liability defensively for a couple years. As for him offensively, his handles are amazing and is scary quick. Also, to see him run a team like he does at 18 is incredible. If I were him, I would stay in europe since the dollar is in a downard spiral.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2009 2:45 am

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

playmaker21 have you even seen Ricky Rubio play?? He got silver in the olympics... thats right the OLYMPICS. He has done more in his basketball career than every other draftee in this years draft class combined. He was playing with a bunch of NBA allstars and still was crossing them up like nothing. Thats how good he is. Just because he's white doesn't mean he can't do any of the things a black man can do. Steve Nash, Larry Bird, John Stockton, Pistol Pete all white dudes all legends. Your bringing up that stupid concept that basketball is only a "black man's game", and NBA stands for "Nothing But Africans." Its very stupid to think that way, seeing how race has nothing to do with it. If your good your good, and Ricky Rubio is good. 

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 10:16 pm

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

Playmaker, you know nothing....Rubio has the makings of an absolute star.  Wiki him and look at his accomplishments in the ACB , a league more competitive than NCAA ball and he did it all at the ages of 16 and 17.  He plays like Jason Kidd but flashier. His shooting may be his only downside. I've seen him play in Spain and the kid is a beast,good defense, great penetration great passing and floor leadership...he will make everyone around him better.  Knicks should do all they can. No way is this guy a bust.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 7:20 pm

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

I agree. Ricky Rubio is only going to increase in market value the more he develops his game. In addition to his floor vision and pinpoint passing, he needs to develop as a mid-range and 3-point shooter. Irrespective of where he plays the next year or two, Minnesota or Spain, he will only get better and better. Already the second best draft pick for 2009, at 18-years-old, he now has time and space as the Wolves will not pressure him.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2009 5:01 pm

Rubio and "Pistol Pete"

What makes Rubio an exciting prospect that everyone should want to see is not that he is necessarily as good as Pistol Pete was but the fact that he in many ways (Physically, Passing, Intelligence, Fast Break Creative Style and his general Feel For The Game) resembles Pistol Pete Maravich.  Remember Pistol Pete never got to play in a major market, never got to play on a good team, was largely ahead of his time with some of the creative stuff he did on the court and so as basketball fans in general the public did not really get to enjoy and experience the immense talents of Pistol Pete Maravich.  I know I didnt and whenever I get to see his documentaries or videos I go Wow!  This guy should have received so much more credit and hype for being one of the games great talents and innovators just as Dr. J was for what he did.  Magic Johnson showed us some of that Pistol Pete flair at 6'9'' which is a little different but we all loved it and he got all the credit he deserved because he played on championship teams and in a major market.  Ricky Rubio is a greate talent and if he can remind people of  the great Pistol Pete whose career and life ended way too early then we should all enjoy it.  Just as we enjoy when playere like DWade and Kobe remind us of Jordan during championship runs or when players like Vince Carter or Lebron James remind us of Julius Erving flying through the air for a dunk.  

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2009 4:02 pm

Rubio to Knicks? "No"

Nice, playmaker21! I'm sure I have heard worse analysis somewhere, at some point, but nothing is coming to mind right now!

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