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Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:56 am
 
Ricky Rubio is getting a lot of body from defenders. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

When Ricky Rubio was drafted, the questions were about how he would deal with the tougher defense of the NBA. Not in terms of acumen, the Euro leagues provide plenty of defense. But the players are so much bigger, so much more toned, so much stronger, that his wispy frame was considered an issue. Then he came over and lit the league on fire and it wasn't considered an issue. But it's gotten tougher and tougher as the season has gone on, and now the Wolves have decided to pull the "mom who finds out her son is being bullied and goes to the principle" approach. 
Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said the team has sent video to the NBA , seeking to call attention to what Kahn and the team's coaches believe are opponents being overly physical with rookie guard Ricky Rubio.

The team sent many examples of what it deems are fouls never called against defenders who have decided the best way to play the skinny rookie is to muscle him.

"All our young guys are learning that, Ricky especially," coach Rick Adelman said about opposing defenses adjusting to stop the Wolves' offense. "They're putting bigger guys on him...They’re beating the hell out of him right now. The league has figured out you have to be physical with him. And he’s kind of learning on the fly.’’
via Wolves send Rubio footage to league, looking for some protection | StarTribune.com.

Thing is, that's what parents should do. Will it bring more Heat on the kid in the short term? Sure. But in the long-run it's better to establish an awareness of the issue. They should notify school officials. It's certainly true that kids have to stand up for themselves, but to make sure situations don't become dangerous, they need to give the school a heads up it's a problem. 

That said, this is just part of it for Rubio. It's not like it's significantly impacted his game, and he's still producing, the Wolvesare still winning. But he's going to see more and more of this. He's made a name for himself, and teams will target ways to stop that. The easiest way is to attack him physically. Rubio won't get special treatment, but it may help in cutting off excessively hard fouls that could cause injury.
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

The NBA loses credibility every time a player consistently gets pounded with no calls while guys like Lebron get phantom calls before there is even any contact. 

In every sport, a player should expect there to be fairness across the board but the NBA is the worst offender when it comes to favoritism. Refs should just call what they see and if they don't see much they should not be pro refs. 

This is exactly why the NBA SUCKS!!!  I am sick and tired of seeing players like Kobe, LeBron and yes sometimes even KG getting "all the calls" for a player breathing on them but yet when a player gets decked and is not a "named" player and no whistle and the officials act like nothing happened.  The NBA is a joke!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

did you guys see the closeline put on Lin by Kidd?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

true but this is a superstar league



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

At least J-Lin is getting the calls, IMO.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

The NBA loses credibility every time a player consistently gets pounded with no calls while guys like Lebron get phantom calls before there is even any contact.

In every sport, a player should expect there to be fairness across the board but the NBA is the worst offender when it comes to favoritism. Refs should just call what they see and if they don't see much they should not be pro refs.



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Another stupid move by Kahn. Rubio is a big boy and doesn't need Kahn making stupid statements. Time for Kahn to go bye bye.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

CBS dont edit anything, they write it and send it, LOL



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

He's a rookie.  He won't get those calls, right or wrong.  "...mom who finds out her son is being bullied and goes to the principle" approach.  It is spelled "principal."  What a "writer!"



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

"Nose_nada: Sorry, but this blog is incomplete.  I would HIGHLY suggest to read the whole StarTribune article.  The whiner here is Kahn...kinda like the way Phil Jackson whines....to get the refs attention.  This blog misses the quotes from Rubio who basically thinks the physical play is part of the game."

This. Rubio said it himself, he's learning to adjust from the Euro game to the NBA game. The Trib article pulls some interesting stats about how his production has declined recently, and much of that may have to be attributed to the way teams are playing him now. But Matt Moore totally ignores the fact that this is coming from Kahn, NOT Rubio. Sensationalist journalism, if there's anything but that these days.




Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

teams are doing the same thing to jlin.. they just got to suck it up right now and sooner or later they will get the calls


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