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Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:39 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

A couple weeks ago, it was finally settled: Ricky Rubio would finally be coming to America. Then, reports surfaced earlier today making it seem like Rubio's future with Barcelona wasn't entirely squared away.

But despite all that, the Star Tribune reports that Rubio is expected to arrive in Minnesota next week for an "official introduction."

Despite that, I still think most have the Kevin Love mentality of "I'll believe it when I see it." Rubio's the Chinese Democracy of basketball. We know he exists, but we just don't know when he's finally going to happen.

Supposedly, next week.

Rubio reportedly signed his rookie contract on May 31 and all that's left is to settle his buyout with Barcelona, which is now around $1.5 million. Under league rules, the most the Wolves can pay towards that is $500,000 and they will do that. Rubio though shouldn't have too much trouble coming up with the other million as he's been playing professionally since age 16 and has done a number of endorsement deals.

A catch here too: Rubio's arrival could either help Kurt Rambis keep his job or be the final nail in the coffin. According to the Pioneer Press, David Kahn and Rambis will meet sometime next week, likely after the Rubio situation is officially squared away. So if Rambis can get on Team Ricky, maybe that could help save Rambis.
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Never liked the pick in the first place!  Just another in a long line of wasted draft picks by the Wolves...




Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

I can totally see Ricky having an Evan Turner-like season next year with around 7.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.0 APG in 23 mins. per game (well, perhaps around 5 assists and 2 rebs. per game).  Basically, fantasy-irrelevant.  Everyone remembers him for playing well in the 2008 Olympics, especially against USA in the gold medal game, but everyone seems to disregard how poor he was in the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.  He shot less than 30 percent from the field and averaged 4 points in 25 minutes over nine games (while shooting 11% from 3-point range).  I just don't understand the hype for this kid.  He has one good game on the big stage, followed by 3 years of mediocrity and everyone is crowning him the next Steve Nash.



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

what a damn joke!  Please Ricky make up your mind, so Minnesota can get over that silly draft of '09 and move on. 



Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

WOW an NBA story about a player not named LeBron james....I think South Beach just froze over.



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Is it possible to hate a guy even before he's even played a minute in the NBA.  The hype machine has been left on overdrive far to long with this guy.  He will be a bust, and a huge one at that, there is no doubt in mind about that.  He might be able to guard Derek Fisher, no disrespect to D-Fish, he's just old/slow, but there is no way he has the quickness to guard the talented point guards that are popping up all over the NBA right now.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Ever heard of Pepe Sanchez?



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

I don't think this guy will be all that plus a bag of chips, like some do.
I don't know if anyone thinks that anymore. Rubio's situation has been mismanaged at every step by the people giving him advice leading to his reputation being damaged before even arriving in America. No less significant is that he couldn't hold his starting job in Barcelona so I think the shine has worn off quite a bit. To me, the Rubio story is interesting in the way Terrelle Pryor's story is interesting: two mega-hyped kids surrounded by self-created controversy that will likely never succeed in the pros.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

If he didn't have a cool name we'd never have heard of him. He's good, but he's not NBA good. 



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Rubio first burst on to the scene with a surprisingly poised and heady performance against Team USA in the Beijing Olympics, earning praise from stars including Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

He did pretty good against some of the best in the Olympics. I don't think this guy will be all that plus a bag of chips, like some do. I do think he will hold his own though. His troubles will likely be on defense and creating his own shot. If he can work on those 2, he will be pretty good and exciting to watch. He also needs to work on his shot, because he won't get all those layups in the NBA that he was getting in Spain, so he will have to have a respectable jump shot. 



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Ricky Rubio to arrive next week?

Trick question. Don't select him at all.


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