Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm  |  55 responses

Video: Ricky Rubio Arrives in Minnesota, Hits the Court

Fresh off of a 20-hour flight from Spain, Ricky Rubio hit the gym to show the world what he’s made of saying, “I came here to play basketball, and that’s what I’m gonna do.”

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  • ktokyo

    Good for him. He looks focused. I hope he does well.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Next season can’t come fast enough.

  • andrew

    vamos ricky!

  • Bill Sunday

    LL cool Rick.

  • Paps

    rubio. telfair. love. beasley. milicic.

    i see potential.

  • David J. Moore, IV

    Minnesota didn’t roll out the red carpet for him like they did for Bosh, James, and Wade in Miami. A mediocre record gets a mediocre welcome. Good luck young sir.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Call me crazy but I think this kid may be allright. Look at lil JJ. He gave the Westbrooks of the league fits in the playoffs. Once Rubio gets the benefit of NBA workouts/gyms he may pan out.

  • Bash

    Minnesota needs to sign Glen Davis and Glen Davis to its roster. Might help if they could trade for Glen Davis too….

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    I hope he does well….

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    hmmm…so now he decides to workout for the team….lol just joking….but not really

  • ionmic

    what a crap video, i mean no one wants to see ricky shoot that ugly ass jumper. no one is a fan of the kid for his shooting ability….

  • LLC#12

    I can see him struggling a little at first, but in time he can be a great player. Also, I don’t get the hate on his jumper, there are players in the NBA now with worse jumpers that are successful. As a total aside, as someone with a big nose and terrible hair, I’m happy to see someone else with a big nose and terrible hair fulfil his dream!

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Hype machine at work.

  • T-Money

    that form is suspect. and since when does it take 20 hours to get from barcelona to minny?

  • balher

    wow he can dunk! im surprised.Now can he pull that between the legs spin in a game? I’ll definately rate him for dat.

  • doyouwantmore

    If he was an unheralded prospect with the same skill-set he could come in and take people by surprise, but after all the hype and press I feel sorry for Ricky. The Kenyon Martin’s of the league are going to try to scare the crap out of him right off the bat.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy

    Holy sh!t, a 20 hour flight? 8+ hours of watching the same in-flight movies and i’m ready to lose my damn mind!

  • dahon

    he’s just 20. he will adapt. what he got to lose? everything to gain…play harder rubio, hire a shooting coach to improve your range.

  • Jacob Menhinick

    @Bill Sunday – you went will LL cool Rick, when slick rick was still out there?

  • LeBron de Con

    That flight was delayed for 2 years. He’s a good young man, off and on the court. Humble, pass-first, any big would love having Rubio tee up a few lobs. He made some ordinary bigs in Europe look extremely good.

  • Vin

    Slick Rick.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    quick feet..quick feet..

  • D12FSU

    a lot of pressure is gonna be on him this season, hopes he does well

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m actually kinda excited to see this guy play.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Probably wasn’t a direct trip from Spain to Minny if it was 20 hours. Most likely he transferred in from Los Angeles or New York or something. I mean, come on, does Minneapolis really have direct flights to Barcelona?!

  • zack

    He needs to get NBA TOUGH if he going to survive in NBA….he is kind of softee and naive….

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Best of luck Ricky. Really nice and humble kid and I can’t wait to see him succeed.

  • benni

    20 hour flight? Where did he came from? Can’t be the “Spain” in Europe if it took him 20 hours…

  • Bimmer

    Step up from Flynn.

  • JD

    i bet that the twolves will win a title within 10 years

  • pl

    did no one else see that buttermilk spin move?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Do they learn any English in Spain at all?

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    the dunk at the end made it all worthwhile…

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc


  • -Mas-

    El Ricky!

  • Riggs

    @max: yes.

  • marc

    This kid might actually be good. I still think he was a lil overhyped but he can be a key piece for some team in the future.

  • Justin

    I flew to New York from Barcelona on Sunday. It’s an 8 hour flight. Don’t know where they’re getting 20 hours from. It takes 20 hours to fly from NYC to Melbourne, Australia, which is one of the longest direct flights possible – I don’t see Rubio doing stopovers, do you?

  • Red Star

    He’s got a sweet stroke!

  • TheNightWatch*8*

    Rickyyy Rubioooo. :)

  • 6marjons

    @Max they do learn some english in spain not a lot but clearly he’s had lessons from the timberwolves and learned how to say ‘I came here to play basketball’

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’ve been on 20-plus hour flights.
    PERFECT for catching up on sleep!

  • Riggs


  • youngmuggsy

    Didn’t Ricky shoot like 32% from the field last season?


    20 hr flight ? cmon SLAM youre slightly exageratin’ again but only slightly (just like that SVG to Bron headline) coz its a 10hr flight max. Props to Ricky for commin off a longhaul flight & ballin’ though. (Been there done that – Vic Park Ballas !) . But seriously now , he got more heart than all those cats callin him soft combined times 10. Word 2 Yours

  • kev

    Rubio was a bench player for his overseas team. What makes anyone think that he is going to make some kind of immediate impact in the nba? Please people lets get real.

  • hiphopcop



    @kev ^^^ C’mon he’s a solid young, experienced(for a young guy), team player with heart going to a terrible team full of overinflated egos. The only way is up + You’ve obviously never seen him play. But hopefully soon you will. Don’t worry we’re not mad at you. HA ha ha ha hah !!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Ha !! gha gha !

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Really wish the summer league wasn’t canceled so we could see Ricky play.

  • bike

    Zero elevation on his jump shot. Okay handle. Not strong at all. No upside whatsoever. Obvious low ratio of fast-twitch to slow-twitch muscle fibers. I just don’t see any reason for hype.

  • shavlik randolph

    Am i late to the hate party?


    bike , there is no major hype , he just gonna represent proper that’s all i’m sayin. some people are just exited to see him run. The media will try to build the hype & test him. But ricky is all about the ballin. He got hustle & he got dimes & he gonna drop em’. Is Mr Beasley still there ? Well he better wake the umph up coz he bout to get hooked up by Mr. RIIIIIIICKYYYYYYYYYYY RUUUUUUUUUBYOOOOOOOOOOOOO YO Yo yo !!!!!! :-) aight i’m hypin’

  • bike

    AQWORD He’s got a pretty good Euro game. But other than a slick pass now and then he just does not have the athleticism the NBA demands.

  • skd

    Did everyone already forget Brandon Jennings put up bad stats and came off the bench in the same league?

  • JL

    yah and jennings isn’t that good. his FG% will keep his team’s winning pct down. With that said if he just learns to adjust he still can be good.