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Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:31 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 6:52 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

There's no doubt that the drafting of Ricky Rubio and his unwillingness to come play for the Timberwolves has been quite the sore spot for general manager David Kahn. It's been embarrassing.

But with word that Rubio will sign with the Wolves and play in the NBA next season -- if there is a season -- there's reason to be excited. The long nightmare is over and finally the Spanish floppy-haired savior is coming. You're psyched, right Kevin Love?



Love's next two tweets said, "Just thinking about pick and rolls... goodnight" and then "Pick...N...Rolls." That sort of suggests Love wasn't entirely serious with his original tweet. Still though, with as sensitive as that situation has been and as embarrassing as it's been for the organization, that's a pretty wild thing for the face of the franchise to say.

"I'll believe it when I see it" is pretty much what everyone is saying because of the way the Rubio situation has been handled, but it reeks of a lack of faith in management to actually get it done. Almost like Love is saying, "Yeah right, like this front office finally got this done." Not exactly a ringing endorsement. But again, let me say: He could just be making a silly. Hard to really decipher in a tweet.

Which means we might be reading into this too much but still, Love's reaction isn't saying, "Woo! Rubio! Championship!" Maybe he's not nearly as excited about the supposed Euro "phenom" as some are. I guess it has been two years. That new car smell has pretty much worn off. The hype machine has died down.

I'm sort of like Love. When I see Rubio actually in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform, then I'll believe this is true. That should tell you the kind of mess this has been.

Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:36 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

I like i. Its like getting two No 1 picks this year. They will be a much improved team next year.

I agree. Maybe they'll actually win 20 games...



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:36 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

Awful drafting by the Timberwolves, now if Rubio DOES come to the team, they have two point gaurds; Flynn and now Rubio. There is such a thing as too many prospects, and the Timberwolves are drowning themselves in their own talent.



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:35 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

I like i. Its like getting two No 1 picks this year. They will be a much improved team next year.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:18 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

Heck, since we are reading between the lines here, I think that Kevin Love is in love with an over-weight single black mother, and enjoys eating with her during cookouts and picking her son's hair.  Sounds like a stupid conclusion?  I agree, but so does the leap of faith that author took and apparently a lot of readers took with him.  Kevin Love is not shy about sharing his opinion, so I don't see where it was necessary do all of this.  You would think that in the midst of an exciting Finals after an exciting playoffs with Shaq retiring and NBA labor talks making progress, this "story" would go unreported (Love's portion of it, anyway).  I guess I was wrong again.  If you needed a quote from Love, why not, um, call him for an interview Mr. Reporter.  Or better yet, why not TWEET HIM for his opinion - unless you did not gather that he is on twitter (keeping in mind that his quote was on Twitter, I think that it is a safe bet that he tweets).

This might be the laziest piece of reporting ever published. 



Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:16 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

There's no doubt that the drafting of and his unwillingness to come play for the has been quite the sore spot for general manager David Kahn. It's been embarrassing.

That statement is completely false.....He had a huge buyout clause in his Euro contract...That is why he didnt come to Minnesota...he had nothing to do with not wanting to go there......He is going there now...So I guess he was willing to go all along....get the facts straight...Your reporting is emabassing



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:02 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

Oh what the average fan never thinks of.  Just stats! Wait-theres more?  Euro leagues play a much less wide open style than does the NBA.  Rubio has been great in the Euro leagues, just struggled through a season following an injury.  He will be good in the NBA because of the open, up and down style.  He's as good in the open court as Paul, Williams, et al.  It's just that there is a lot less open court in euro games.  Stats don't read the same.  If he goes to Minn and plays with Love, it will be great.  Personally I'd think he'd be better off with a flashier team but with Love down low, that's a good combo.  He WILL have to adjust to the speed and play style in the NBA, so don't expect him to step on the floor and be good.  It's faster.  Everyone is talented.  He's still 20.  Kyrie Irving might not be the best rookie pg now, though.  And I'm a Duke fan, so it's got nothing to do with me 'not liking' him.  Irving deserves the money he's gonna get and good for him for going to get it.  Bottom line:  Rubio will have to adjust like an other rookie.  He will, however, be a very good pg in the NBA.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:40 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

He has proved nothing?

Are you kidding me?   Go rewatch the Olympics please, this guy was arguably the best player on the second best team in the world.

Rubio had a pretty bad this year, but he has had success in European Leagues before.   There were concerns of a leg injury this year which could have hurt his play for obvious reasons.  

I'm not saying he is going to be a god in the NBA but some of you guys are down right silly and aren't giving him a fair shot at all.



Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:55 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

I agree that Jennings didn't shine in Europe, but he played for Lottomatica Roma, which was a very bad team(above average in Italy, but nothing in Europe). Plus he was an american guy who, for the first time, played in a different continent. Rubio, however , played for the very best team in the league and he struggled a lot.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:55 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

If Rubio ends up in Minny, Id gladly take Ridenour  off their hands. If the Knicks are going to stick with Dantoni wich unfortunatley it looks like they are, they need shooters, Ridenour would make a great backup to Billups, because as much as i like Tony Douglass, the guy is an undersized two guard.  Timberwolves will probably hold on to Flynn, so hopefully the Knicks would have something the wolves want.  Maybe they can return the favor of giving away Randolph, who somehow with some playing time had a couple of huge games after the trade.  Knicks really botched that deal, on the spare parts front.  They cut Brewer who is a good deffender and usefull player because they couldnt guarantee him a spot in the rotation, then Dantoni ends up with a 10 man rotation that changed every night. Randolph who wasnt good enough to play one minute, goes to Minny and im watching him on sportscenter putting up 30 and 10. I dont know why Dolan would all of a sudden care about paying someone not employed by the team, so keeping Dantoni has to be Walsh's idea, and after the worst display of non coaching in playoff history, you would think he would have been fired the day after the Boston series ended.  The worst case scenario is about to happen, the Heat are going to win in year one ,  The Knicks  have a chance to be in the mix every year if they handle this roster right, but with a coach who lets teams like Milwaukee and Cleveland come into the Garden and put up 120 pts every night,  I dont see how anything good is going to happen with that guy in charge.






Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 8:30 am
 

Love on Rubio: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

Agreed. If he was such a stud, shouldn't he be lighting up the Euor leagues? Wait until he has Wade or Paul guarding him- he may not get a shot or pass off.


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