Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 10:20 am  |  24 responses

Kevin Garnett Sold Ricky Rubio on Minnesota

Having spent his entire life in a much warmer climate, Ricky Rubio says he’ll adjust to the cold and snow in Minny, and having heard nothing but good things about the town and its fans from Kevin Garnett, Rubio says he’s excited to begin his career as a Timberwolf. From the Star Tribune: “The Wolves point guard is spending the lockout training twice a day and playing high-level pickup ball in California. Six thousand miles from home and perhaps even farther yet from his first NBA game, Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has prepped in Los Angeles for his new life and new league by scrimmaging with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce by day and — at least just once — visiting the city’s freak shows by night. ‘I like to lead a normal life,’ the 21-year-old from Spain said in a telephone interview from L.A. on an unusual rainy Friday afternoon, ;but I went to Hollywood Boulevard for Halloween and everybody was dressing up and it was fun. It was amazing all the people that were there. I really liked it.’ He left Barcelona and the Euroleague far behind and arrived in California last month to train twice a day and play pickup ball with athletes he will call opponents whenever this lengthening NBA lockout ends … His father has visited him in Los Angeles, and his mother arrives next week. He’ll also return to Minnesota in the next few weeks to search for a place to live. It will be his first time back since he was introduced at a Target Center news conference in June. During his week here, he played ball with new teammates Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson, Anthony Randolph, Martell Webster and others for the first time. … ‘I know the weather won’t be like that when I go back,’ Rubio said. ‘I love the place. The people are so nice. I talk with KG, too, and he talked to me great things about Minnesota. He said the crowd cheers very hard for the team. They love the sport. We have to fight to give them what they are waiting for us to do, to win. I’m from Barcelona and now I’m in California, so Minnesota will be a big change. In the end, you have your house and you have the skywalks to go through, so that will make it easier for me. I have seen snow before: For a week in the mountains, but for no more than a week. But I’m ready, ready to get started, ready to make my dream come true. It doesn’t matter the weather. In the beginning, it will be funny. In the end, it will be hard.’”

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  • pacman

    Good to hear

  • Mike


  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Hey, after he’s a bust, he’ll be packaged in a trade and hopefully it will be to a warmer climate.

  • sam

    minny has such a weird mix of players

  • Dre

    Stop babying the BUSTard already.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    hes gunna lift the TWolves for sure but not by much… watching him play in FIBA a year ago a simple gaurd like Steph Curry got 4 turnovers on him

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    hes gunna lift the TWolves for sure but not by much… watching him play in FIBA a year ago a simple gaurd like Steph Curry got 4 turnovers on him

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Gotta love the fact Garnett still has nothing but nice things to say about Minny and its fans though.

  • naz

    lol people use to say steve nash was a bust as well, it took him four season but he finally started proving people wrong. So Im not going to say anything about rubio not until he at least plays a season in NBA. Also Minnesota is loaded at the forward positions so he can picks up some easy assists every game.

  • Nguyen-Luan

    Potential is for T-Wolves are very high with Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams on the team.

  • Nguyen-Luan

    Typo. Potential is very high.

  • LA Huey

    I agree with giving the guy some time on an NBA court before we start labeling him a bust. However, if I compare him with a late-blooming PG I’d compare him with Chauncey for their position in their respective drafts as opposed to a melanin count.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    Ricky has real problems shooting. He’s good defending and has nice court vision. We’ll see…

  • A l a n

    Thank you based god!

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

    Why is the weather so important to him? LOL, is the weather seriously the only barrier here? My goodness…

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable

    GTFOH at those calling him a bust. Give him a season atleast to adjust, some blazers fans still wont call oden a bust.

  • billg

    if he like LA so much he should be on the Clipper… him, Griffin and Gordon would be sick together

  • jdote

    I like his game a lot but you just don’t see it in the pros too much. In college, you can have that completely unselfish, 7 points 9 assist, Ed Cota/Mateen Cleeves/Pepe Sanchez type game. In the pros point guards just have to score. I know ppl will bring up J Kidd (hall of famer with a 3 pt shot) and Rondo (freaky athletic) but other than that u have to be able to score. I’m pulling for Rubio tho. Also sam is right, that teams roster is puzzling. They gave talent but don’t have pieces if that makes sense

  • LA Huey

    Teddy, some people really hate cold weather. If you asked me if i wanted to make triple my salary working in Minnesota, I’d politely decline your offer. The freezing cold makes me miserable and curse the Gods.

  • slam-man

    jdote That’s non-sense most PG’s balance their scoring and passing. And even Kidd’s offensive problems hurt his team and so does Rondo’s. Your making generalizations that are based upon whose media popular like D-Rose. The NBA produces diversity of style.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    huey, i moved from arizona to chicago. I feel you. If I’m cold I’m mad at the world. So I’m pretty mean in the winter time.

  • Preston

    Why are people so worried about the weather in Minnesota? I’ve lived in Minnesota all my life and of course it gets cold. But it doesn’t have to turn you into a complete woman about it. Man up and buy a coat!

  • Blacksmith

    I y’all Rubio haters are eating your damn CROW now. This kid is going to win ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!

  • Blacksmith