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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 at 3:31 pm  |  118 responses

Ricky Puts Off NBA for Two More Years

by Ryne Nelson

So you want to watch Ricky Rubio play next season? Go buy a EuroleagueTV pass. Matter of fact, if there’s a two-year special, make good on the savings today.

If it wasn’t clear once the Wolves took Jonny Flynn with the No. 6 pick, Ricky Rubio will finish the remainder of his contract in Spain:

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ top draft pick, Ricky Rubio, 18, will remain in Spain to play for his DKV Joventut basketball team for the remaining two years of his contract rather than try to move to the NBA this season, El Periodico reported today.

The Barcelona newspaper also says Rubio, who was paid $97,000 last season, plans to withdraw his contract lawsuit against DKV Joventut.

Let’s get one thing straight: Ricky playing in the NBA before 2011 was never meant to be.

It’s no one’s fault. Ricky wasn’t wrong for declaring for the Draft despite the real possibility that he’d have to finish his contract with DKV Joventut. The L-Wolves aren’t at fault for realizing Rubio’s sticky situation and making the best business move possible–selecting the Spanish wonder guard and stashing him away for safe trading. Joventut certainly isn’t at fault for asking Rubio to honor his contract. And how’s this for one really heinous thought… Maybe Rubio will be prepared to contribute in the NBA in two years.

When it all comes down to it, the only people who were wrong are those who assumed it was in Ricky’s best interest to play in the NBA next season. Guilty as charged.

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  • http://Slamonline Jsoto

    So

  • Big Kobe Fan

    first in

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    Way to fu(king go, Minnesota.

  • Mobster Dumpus

    Let’s just all pretend that Ricky was the long lost member of the Jonas brother’s and he really had no NBA affiliation.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Ah well, too bad. Cue Eboy’s response.

  • jR

    So when he decides to come over does Minny still own his rights or does he go back into the draft?

  • LB

    I dont get it. So will Rubio be obligated to play for the Wolves after he finishes up his contract in Spain?

  • Jacob

    so when he comes back is he still going to play for Minnesota?

  • Mr.2012

    Mama there goes my starting PG!!!

  • MikeF

    The way the collective bargaining agreement works, the Timberwolves hold Rubio’s NBA rights so long as they make him an offer, and he plays professional ball in some FIBA-sanctioned league, which is just about all of the leagues he’d consider playing in.

    But if he doesn’t play professionally anywhere, then he can be right back in next year’s draft.

  • MikeF

    Which was from Truehoop. Unlikely? Yes. Possible? Yes.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Should we hold a funeral or something? Get Menudo to sing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye?”

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    jR, Yes, you’re exactly right. But I have a feeling Rubio will be traded before 2011.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It’s actually a bit dissapointing not being able to see the dude play to the level of Beno Udrich from night to night until he’s 20.

  • http://slamonline.com DONONE

    ——>overhyped! overhyped! overhyped!<——–

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    DONONE, this can do nothing but add to his hype. The Wolves better hope they can capitalize off it soon in case Ricky suffers injury.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    (((Cue Donnie Walsh’s phone call)))

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Ryne’s being terribly optimistic.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Screw him. I wish he never comes.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Hes not getting traded anytime soon.

  • J Dub

    I said he would not play in the league. Can I get an award or something. Im no NBA scout and I could tell that kid would get torn up in the L.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Timberwolves even f*ck up careers for players not even under contract yet.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Glad I watch alot of Euroleague!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Myles: why? Is this what you heard or pure speculation?

  • max

    that was the smartest move to pull for him, oh yeah, Id love to see him in miami in two years

  • Mr.2012

    He’s going to play 1 year and come back next year when he’s traded to the Knicks. For what you ask? King James will team up with him for the creation of a dynasty. Believe that!!!

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Boring. Hey Ricky, maybe you can pick up a jumpshot while you’re over there?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I’d rather have Jason Kidd than Ricky Rubio, unless Ricky was being used as trade bait. I don’t mean to be mean, but in my opinion Rubio has Beno Udrih written all over him.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Via Canius Hoopus, a great Wolves blog…

    Here are the facts:

    1) Rubio’s rights belong to the Wolves indefinitely unless he doesn’t play professional basketball for a year. I think it’s safe to say that won’t happen. He can’t “wait us out” here.

    2) Rubio is bound to the rookie contract. This is a 2 year deal with a 3rd and 4th year team option. The max salary for the #5 pick (if I am doing the math right) is 3.3M/3.5M/3.8M/4.8M (thanks Larry Coon). This contract starts when he comes over to the U.S., so if he waits no years are eliminated from the deal. Anyway, this is a pretty modest deal and Rubio should try to get this contract over with so he can get to his next one.

    3) Rubio’s value likely goes up if he stays in Europe. He gains more experience and gets more “polished”, essentially for “free”. As noted above, his rookie contract doesn’t start so he remains cheap.

    4) I don’t know a lot about the situation other than what I have heard and read on message boards, but it seems that Rubio’s team, DKV Joventut, is in dire financial straits and needs the buyout money badly. Thus it’s in their interests to get the buyout completed.

    5) Teams in Europe don’t run on budgets near what NBA teams do. He’s not going to get a huge paycheck from a European team. Maybe a modest one (ie rookie contract or MLE level), but nothing like he could make in the NBA. Let’s also not forget that any team will have to wade through the buyout mess.

    6) When his rookie contract is up, it’s most likely that the Wolves will be the team that can offer him the most money, due to Bird rights. Unless there is another team that has a ton of raw cap space, which for the most part, happens very infrequently.

    7) Rubio has stated that most of all, he wants to play in the NBA.

    What does this mean?
    He can’t really force his way out.
    If he stays in Europe, he’s likely costing himself tens of millions by delaying his post-rookie contract. (Assuming of course he commands a high salary)
    It looks increasingly to me like Rubio is here this fall, considering the financials.

    Basically all of the power lies with the Wolves.

    So let’s forget about how the Wolves “must” trade Rubio immediately for mediocre players. The Wolves have time to wait and see what happens with this situation…..

    Its been noted time and again that Minnesota is not an attractive destinatino for free agents or draftees. The only star in the history of this franchise was acquired through the draft. For a team in a rebuilding phase and in need of star power, it would be stupid for the Wolves to trade away a player who could in fact be a bonafide star a such a young age. I think Kahn understands this and the Flynn decision was security in case this happened. Do not trade Rubio under any circumstances. If he wants to play in the NBA, hell have to ball here until his rookie contract is up and given this two year head start, thats time we have to rebuild and convince him that this is where he can win and market himself to his liking.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    If I were the Knicks, I mean.

  • slamfan4life

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • rav

    “So will Rubio be obligated to play for the Wolves after he finishes up his contract in Spain?”

    he’s only obligated to play for minny if he decides to come to the NBA – once his joventut contract expires he could sign for barca/real madrid/efes/olympiakos etc if he wishes, but if he wants to come to the NBA it will go through whoever has his draft rights

  • niQ

    Bryan Posted: Jul.2 at 4:02 pm
    Timberwolves even f*ck up careers for players not even under contract yet.

    LLOL. hilarious. but yea, now the point guard draft party doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. BUT! the wolves could’ve easily avoided this by drafting flynn and curry/derozan/hill

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That was thorough Myles. Thanks.

  • Izzo

    Jonny Flynn’a 6.7 turnovers a night should make great viewing.

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    I’m from Europe(the UK to be exact), Rubio is really really overhyped t, that being said, maybe the year or two playing in Europe might allow him to build on his weaknesses. But for a comparative level, he would have had a rookie season similar to Mario Chalmers with better passing. I’m disappointed in his/his agents decision to bottle playing in the NBA, it’s where every pro baller aspires to be, to pit himself against the best of the best night after night, hopefully he decideds to return next year.

  • jumpman3224

    I actually like this for the wolves…if flynn doesnt pan out they still have rubio or can trade him for picks/another pg. If Flynn does work out you have a 20 year old kid whose stock will rise as his body matures, his hand heals, and his game improves overseas.

  • jumpman3224

    I knew Jennings would average more assists this year.

  • $tev3

    Wat a F@gg0t

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    And I wouldnt put too much blame on his agent either. Dan Fegan also represented Yi, who had a similar situaiton a couple of years ago. Of course Yi was traded shortly after, but that was Milwaukees decision and I dont think Minnesota will do that considering Rubios upside v. Yis. Besides, agents want their clients to go where the money is. And thats in the NBA, even Minnesota where our owner isnt shy about spending money. Lets not forget who gave out the biggest contract in league history. He also managed to pull in a fair amount of endorsements too…

  • Momma No Like Cold

    Myles, my thoughts exactly. Was reviewing the financial analysis on Rubio earlier and he would have been better off going to the NBA now. However, he would have personally had to eat the contract. Kahn had previously mentioned waiting a year or two, so nothing new here. He’ll be 20; he’ll have a better overall game; and he will no longer be a “teen” wolf. But he will play for the Wolves.

  • niQ

    Yea thanks Myles Brown. Your little exerpt should’ve been a thread all on it’s own. lol

  • Momma No Like Cold

    I disagree on your last comment, Myles. Fegan played the same exact game with Rubio as he did with Yi. Frankly, his pattern is quite shop worn by now. Complete with no normal predraft workouts, no attending the post-draft introductions, etc. etc. Fegan is a punk.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sounds like Brandon Jennings was right.

  • Momma No Like Cold

    Is he overrated? hyped? We will now know in 2011 and beyond. But its funny how the fans of other teams were clamoring to draft Rubio and now say he is all hype.

  • Izzo

    We probably won’t be seeing Brandon Jennings play for another four years anyway…

  • seven deuce

    Oh he’ll be playing in the NBA this year. Maybe not for Minny, but he’ll be playing.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    So essentially Minny threw that pick away. Well done. At least they coulda tried to trade him and get something back. But no. Incredibly stupid.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    If you know anything about rubio you will realize he would not have benefitted from workouts, he does not have physical tools that would impress many scouts anyway… like larry bird says “if i was a prospect now i would not do a single workout, it would hurt my draft stock more then help it.” rubio is in the same situation fegan knew that. And Yi was a 25 year old 22 year old, fegan had to do all he could to hide his limitations. And Myles well said, you are 100% right. I see rubio coming over the week after a) his buy-outs complete, b)his contracts complete or C) DKV folds as a team and no longer can hold a contract because they dissolved.

  • rav

    there’s no way he’ll be in spain for the 2 years – IMO its rubio’s camp trying to drive down the price of his buyout because if he goes now or next year they’ll get a couple of mill in a buyout, but if he waits two years and runs down his contract joventut get nothing and will be paying him around $200k for those years and the money they recieve from a buyout will help them far more than 2 years of rubio at $100k per year, so its all part of the plan to get him into the NBA on more favourable terms ASAP

  • rav

    re: workouts – kevin durant did pretty poorly in them (couldnt do one 185lb rep on the bench) and he’s been the standout player from the ’07 draft so far

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    so all of a sudden the lwolves arent so stupid for drafting flynn

  • Nbk

    Durant was a 6’10 sf whos long and played infront of an american audience for a year. Workouts cant hurt a player like that especially with his shooting touch. You cant compare him to rubio

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    thanks Myles, for posting that. So what if Flynn becomes a star? Will Rubio then go to the highest bidder in 2011? So whatever happens, this is a good thing for the T-Wolves, I suppose.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    ever heard about the meeting of great minds …? well, the greatest geniouses currently comenting on SLAM (we are talking about Ivy league material)almost simultaneously compared one of the greatest point guard prospects of the last few years (the one that had no real problems against CP and Deron as an 18 year old)to Beno….for me, being just a mere mortal, it is imposible to enter the thinking process of a genious and understand how they reached this conclusion….i mean, it can’t be cause they are both white..?

    (by the way…: i used to have Teddy as the number one child prodigy of this forum but Eboy is somehow closing the gap… )

  • childless

    the euro version of rafer alston

  • jarrett

    ricky rubio just doesnt get the concept of the nba and the nba draft. he doesnt get that the way it works is in understanding the team in the position they are in the draft can draft who they feel is best. he doesnt get that he just can choose the team he plays for. thats y the kings didnt pick him… he refused to work out for them! can u believe how much he is taking the nba oppurtunity 4 granted? + to add to that johnny flynn will buss his a$*

  • Steve

    loser, plain and simple

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    This is what happens when you sign a 6 or 7 year deal at age 14, with huge buyouts. I never thought Ricky would actually sign with a team this year in the NBA due to his buyout. Unlike the Fran Vazquez situation in 2005, Ricky didn’t have a choice. Vazquez didn’t have a European contract held over his head. He initially decided to come play in the NBA, then changed his mind after his wife decided she didn’t want to leave Barcelona. In this situation, Rubio had no chance thanks to the near $7 million buyout he was facing. In the old days you could get creative. If this were 2001, Ricky’s agents would have had Nike step in and pay the buyout for the player as part of a long extension with the Swoosh. Remember Vince Carter’s terrible deal with Puma? After Vince blew up the Dunk contest, Nike decided he was the next great shoe pitchman. They signed Vince for $30 million, with about half going to Puma, who had a near $15 million judgement against Vince for breaking his orginal pact with them.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    He’ll only be 20 when he returns; this really isn’t a big deal. But I do think that Rubio is being a big baby about the whole draft mess that he got himself into (it’s only a mess because he made it one).

  • Michael

    i havent seen this reported on si.com or espn yet. not saying it isnt true but i expected to see it by now

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Tarzan: That’s a fair point, in hindsight. But it could’ve been Flynn and Derozan, or any one of half a dozen smart picks. Then they’d have two players instead of one. I know drafting 2 point guards, with one as an insurance guy, seems like a safe bet, but I still think it’s a wasted pick. And if Minnesota tries to justify it as such, they’re just rationalizing a bad decision IMHO.

  • yaway

    Ron Artest is signing with the Lakers. (And Ariza may be leaving)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    No way.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Nick Kalathes: Just because Rubio didn’t get owned by the point guards of Team USA doesn’t mean he won’t get owned in the NBA. It was Olympic basketball dude. All CP3 had to do was pass it to Kobe, Bron, or Wade. I like how you think every Euroleague player is Top 100 ever.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    Ah, great, Rubio is a d*ck. So, this clearly means his skills are overrated. When he’s a great, happy kid though, the skies the limit.

  • http://myspace.com/edilvia_da_best edilvia4sho

    What’s the problem? They’ve got Flynn. Why else would you draft 2 PG’s (not Ty).

  • Izzo

    Think about it this way,he could go from cute to sexy in two years.Maybe a dreaminess increase,too.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    Izzo, we’re talking about Ricky Rubio, not me.

  • http://nbainchina.com NBA China

    Rubios upside? What freaking upside?? I guess he could improve his jumpshot and be somewhere near a Luke Ridnour or something…

  • niQ

    ARTEST REALLY IS GOING TO THE LAKERS!

  • niQ

    ARTEST REALLY IS GOING TO THE LAKERS!

  • Cmac

    god damn it minny! freakin trade him to nyk already

  • Matt

    Atleast now the wolves have insurance now if Flynn doesnt work out the next two years.

  • Arvydas Sabonis

    Man, haters wanna hate.

  • museum

    Cmac Posted: Jul.2 at 9:48 pm
    god damn it minny! freakin trade him to nyk already

    Dang dude, we were going to, but then we realized Quentin Richardson isn’t there anymore, so that’s the end of that.

    Seriously, you guys don’t seem to understand the situation very well. First of all, it hasn’t been announced that he’s staying, only that he’s withdrawing the lawsuit, which doesn’t mean anything solid. And if he does stay in Spain for a year or two, that’s not a problem for us. It’d be cool to have him now for instant gratification, but for basketball purposes it’s almost definitely better. Wasted pick? Good lord, how can you be serious?

  • Jon

    WOW JUST LIKE RUDY FERNANDEZ

  • Prison Mike

    Trade him for Shaq!

  • http://www.fastbreak.com.sg Darksaber

    Good riddance, this overhype is annoying. Enjoy your youth in Europe dude, Rudy might join you if the Blazers do acquire Hedo.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    juks, it doesn’t matter anymore whethere is over/underrated. he’s not coming. i’m not talking about him until 2011. i don’t care one bit about the euroleague. end of.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Z, sort of.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ NBA China nice one. Hahaha that might actually be true, too!

  • chintao

    For Darksaber’s benefit, I present the ghastly thought of the day: We will have two more years of hearing how this little prick can walk on water over in Europe, before he gets to The L and flops like his overgrown mop-top.

  • me

    when a dude with fancy hair appears on the draft once in a while, the whole states just treat him like a new born baby

  • Rogelio

    Jaabar, who played ahead of Brandon Jennings in Italy, said that he feels Brandon has considerably more upside than Rubio.
    Remember now Jaabar was the starter and Jennings rode the pines a lot. Does that put things regarding Rubio somewhat in perspective?

  • Alan

    Rubio made a bad move entering the Draft. I told you all he´d be better here for one or 2 more years, then go without paying the club. The DKV Juventut is really really pissed off with Ricky, and even saying he won’t play for the team anymore. And now Ricky has a quite big problem, not knowing were will he play next season. BTW, the comparations with M. Chalmers are just hilarious. And , overhyped? then why are the news about him the ones with more comments?? LOL

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    I had a bad feeling this was gonna happen. It’s Minnesota’s fault for drafting Rubio when he wasn’t excited about playing there, and it’s also Rubio’s fault for not being professional about the whole thing. It’s too bad it had to happen this way, but hopefully he’ll be back soon.

  • JoeMaMa

    And through it all, Brandon Jennings, AKA Sebastien Telfair, AKA Randy Brown, AKA BJ Tyler, goes to the Bucks and does nothing. This ain’t no Kenny Anderson, folks!

  • Mo

    I never believed the hype on this guy anyway…word of advise Rubio, you would have sucked in the nba this year anyway, hit the wheight room. Your body frame is to thin and no you are not the next steve nash as you claimed to be in the draft…at most, you are a poor man’s ramon session right now….THE NBA DOESNT NEED YOU!

  • http://yahoo.com logan

    god twolves are dumb, they shouldve or should trade him, and so much for rubio being “ready to rock the nba”

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @chintao: man, that is indeed ghastly. Why did you put that thought in my head. Oh the pain, the horrible pain. (lol at “little prick walking on water” part)

  • http://www.thehighposts.com/ POE

    How is this NOT the Wolves fault? Idiot Kahn!!!! Nice draft dipstick! Now we have to wait on Rubio for a couple of years!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    So now crappy teams shouldn’t draft talented players when they’d rather play elsewhere? What’s the point of the lottery, then? Don’t think that Griffin would like to play for that other team in LA? If Rubio was as serious as he claims about his ‘dream to play in the NBA’ and if he would really ‘even do it for free’… show up in Minny in october and tear sh!t up. If not, fall the eff back.

  • http://kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    Good, now at least we cant stop talking about The 2009-10 version of J-Will since he won’t even be playing..

  • mike

    They traded their two best player for that, they just lost their chances in the to tough NBA western conferemce. Its going to be years before you will see a winning season from them.

  • james

    They got 4 first round draft pick and couldn’t get anything from it.

  • DG

    well at least jonny flynn is the guy….for now

  • andres

    thats stupid, why did he g through all the draft day jitters to not even play…all hype

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Joe: That may be, which I disagree right now, but at least Brandon Jennings didn’t whine about going to Milwaukee. At least he’s playing the same year that he’s being freaking drafted. At least he’s REALIZING his skills in the NBA. At least he’ll be playing in the best league in the world. At least he’s actually better than Ricky Rubio. And so on…

  • Rubiosucks

    What a douchbag. He was going to play for free because its his dream. Just like jennings said all hype.

  • JLaWH555

    WASTE OF FLIPPING TIME, HE’S SUCH A CRY BABY, prove you’re good in the nba besides being a prick. And the guy above me is right allllll hype.

  • RubioHater

    I can’t stand this kid. Ever since he played against USA in the olympics this kid has been on my nerve. He’s only doing this in hopes he gets traded and doesn’t have to play in Minnesota. It’s pathetic how kids whine about going to lesser teams in the league.

  • someone

    So… People from Spain or Europe in general… are white, latinos or they like rum coco? What do you think?

  • http://Nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Reading these comments just reinforces the fact that Ricky’s gonna have bigger marketing “issues” than playing in Minnesota. Basketball fans hate and are sort of sick of him, already. Personally, I’m done giving a sh1t what he does.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    This has probably been mentioned already, but I love how Gillette already decided to include a clip of him in their newest commercial because they thought he was about to be a household name.

  • Stickz

    Anyone who thinks the Wolves aren’t geniuses for this ove are crazy. I just wish the Wiz wouldn’t have traded this pick away. Let’s not forget, they had 4 1st rounders! they could afford to stash 1 for a couple of years. They don’t have to trade this pick at all. They have 2 years to find out if Jonny Flynn is the answer. If so, they have a player who in 2 years will likely be as coveted as any #1 prospect coming out of college to use as a trade piece in Rubio. If Flynn doesn’t work out, you have the guy who perhps will be the most highly coveted PG to bring in his place. And it only cost you Mike Miller and Randy Foye. The Wolves take a lot of heat for their dealings, but just like what they got for KG considering they HAD to trade him, this is another underrated move

  • vangelis sandris aka boy sanchez

    don’t worry guys…
    it’s just a matter of time ricky plays for the NBA!
    sooner or later, he will.
    and then…

  • vangelis sandris aka boy sanchez

    behold the europian point guard revolution!!!

  • you already know.

    rubio is overated!!!!

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/482871/cj_king.html CJK

    hahaha first draft for Kahn and living in MN i have to say that he did something dumb by drafting 2 pg, especially since Rubio didn’t want to play here. I still don’t understand why he didn’t draft Steph Curry and DeRozan. he needs a pointgaurd and a 2-guard.

  • Fernando S

  • http://slamonline Lenwen76

    Smart move for Rubio .. Who the #### wants to play in minnisota …

    They couldent support KG after nearly a decade of playing .. with the players NEEDED to get to the finals ..

    They wont do that for Rubio either ..

    All in all ..

    VERY smart move for Rubio.

  • oncloudz909

    this could be the start of a reoccurring trend. European players who are not happy where they get drafted to pull out and go back home. ricky wasn’t even that good. those weak behind the back no look passes wouldn’t fly in the nba. with the pg talent in the nba right now ricky would have been demolished. maybe a smart move maybe not. i think we need to ignore European players until they enter the league and prove something!!!

  • datdude

    this is cute but guess what u Ricky Rubio loving fcks lol…”JOHN WALL” is coming next season…and for those of you who don’t know…If john would’ve petitioned to enter the draft this year and he was granted permission to enter the draft he would’ve been drafted before Rubio…dont take it from me…take it from all the ESPN analysts and draftexpress.com

    uck rubio…lol

  • Specs

    I think this whole deal with drafting a European player who is still under contract is bogus. Draft people who are eligible and free to sign without any buyout clauses and what-have-you. But for someone like Rubio, who began to be the Eli Manning of this draft, it seems even dumber. Why do all that lobbying and laboring over where you’re going to get picked if you’re not gonna play? And to be even more to the point, will he ever actually suit up for the Timberwolves? Unlikely.

  • ripriprip

    So Randy Foye and Mike Miller for nothing. Niiiiiiice.

  • Alan

    Ricky better should have kept his @ss out of the draft…@ the haters (many as I see): nobody in the world would pay 6 million $ to play in Minnesota, beggining with you all… LOL Minnesota, were stupid picks happens

  • nkscouting

    HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN HIM PLAY A FULL GAME?

    Any of you? I doubt it. LOL.

    At most, you’ve probably seen him play a little bit on sports highlights. Just because he may have scored a little against some NBA players in international playe doesn’t mean anything: could he guard them at all on defense?

    Who really knows how good he is as a defensive player? Who really knows what percentage a shooter he’d be in the NBA?

    He might be able to score in the NBA: every guard in the NBA, even backups, could average in double figures if they played an entire game each night! But could he stop anyone on defense with his physique, age, and coaching so far?

    I don’t know. Never seen him play. To me, all I know is what I’ve read!

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