Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 9:35 am  |  26 responses

Ricky Rubio’s Timberwolves Teammates Excited About His ‘Crazy’ Passes

Excitement is building among Rubio’s new teammates in Minny, as they seem to enjoy the way he delivers the basketball to them. From the Star Tribune: “Just one single day spent playing with newly arrived Ricky Rubio and already his new Wolves teammates have caught something other than what instant believer Anthony Tolliver admiringly calls his ‘crazy’ passes. More than one of those teammates described Rubio as a contagion, and that’s a good thing on a team that often struggled to move the ball last season. ‘First time I’ve ever seen him play period, on film, anything,’ Tolliver said. ‘He’s actually better than I expected.’ To be sure, Thursday’s action at Target Center was only a pickup game among teammates who haven’t played a real game since springtime. But it did bring Rubio, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Devean George and others together for some competition that featured more than anything the team’s new pass-first point guard. So how many ‘crazy’ passes did Rubio deliver on Thursday? ‘Every one,’ Tolliver said. ‘Every one he passes. It’s crazy. His regular passes are like, ‘Wow.’ He can see the floor about as good as anyone I’ve seen. Everyone has to have their hands up because otherwise the ball is going to hit you in the face.’ Randolph walked off the court afterward with no signs of ‘Spalding’ tattooed across his forehead. ‘Not yet,’ he said, ‘but he made some pretty spectacular passes. So I’m very excited to play with him. It’s very contagious the way he passes the ball. It kind of makes everyone want to make the extra pass. I love playing with Ricky. Great passer.’ Tolliver played with Tony Parker at San Antonio and Steph Curry at Golden State. After just one day with Rubio, he already made comparisons, and conclusions. ‘He sees the floor just as good as any of them, probably better,’ Tolliver said. ‘He and Steph Curry are about on the same level. He got the ball exactly where it needed to be when it needed to be there. That’s a special talent. Not every point guard in the league has that. It’s going to be real good for us.’ Asked if Rubio sees the game uniquely, Randolph said, ‘Yeah, I’ve never seen anything like it.’”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    “But it did bring Rubio, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Devean George and others together”
    Do people really think that team is making noise in the West?

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  • gubbins

    After all the bashing Rubio gets, I hope he does well!

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

    @Max…65 games….Lynx just won the chip…who knows, I can definitely see them pulling a 7th seed out West. I really just have no clue what to expect this season….most confused I’ve ever been as a basketball fan

  • Bug

    Devean George sighting?

    I just hope Minn will give Randolph playing time.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    that lineup doesnt sound all that bad.
    I think were at least going to see some highlight reel plays from them.
    I think both timberwolves and the kings young lineup are going to give the rest of the west some troubles.
    Lakers, thunder , dallas. and maybe memphis are sure fire playoff teams. so thats 4 playoff spots up for grabs.
    And with the shortened season a lot of this young teams will have an advantage over the old teams.
    Iam more of an eastern conference guy some iam probably a bit shortsighted.
    But iam liking the young teams in the west.

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

    Just watching the little clips of him at the Drew Gooden charity game you can automatically see what Ant Randolph was talking about. I remember he threw the behind the back outlet to Noah, and then Noah goes and puts it behind his back and jams, and a few other times he throws a no look and then the guy on the receiving end throws a no look extra pass after…always something contagious about a point guard who distributes the ball with that kind of willingness and flair. Lotta youth, lotta talent on this squad….again, I have this season about as figured out as…man I don’t even know what to say

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

    I’m looking forward to seeing him play. I’m also wondering how long he’ll be allowed to play with flair before coaches tell him to play fundamentally… a la Jason Williams many moons ago.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Power Forwards.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    LOL @ niQ

  • BlackStar

    @ Bug – Lol … I was thinking the same thing about Devean George. I’m surprised he’s still collecting NBA paychecks ..

  • Canesta

    I just wanna say that I’ve been a Rubio supporter from the beginning, watched him play in Spain for years, and I just want to reiterate the “I told you so” right now, that way I don’t have to repeat myself later on.

  • http://slamonline.com Jeremy Bauman
  • thyr

    teams will play him like they do rajon rondo…and that´s not good for a team that doesn´t have as much firepower as boston

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

    he’s going to have so much flair

  • Andrew

    Devean George isn’t on the roster, just playing pick-up in his hometown.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheshire

    Still not sold on him but it’s always nice to see a good PG that’s willing to pass I love those type of players but @Seth is right despite all those nice passes Jason Williams had lots of turnovers…. This season definitely fits where amazing happens

  • KidCongo

    He looks like a Jonas brother though.

  • Red

    @Jeremy that was phenomenal? It was a simply toss pass wtf? Lol, he was playing in Europe, he’ll suck here he’s just hype.

  • Justin

    I like the guy but it’s gonna be turnover city the first couple months.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I actually hope dude is good. That means one more exciting team to watch.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t get how people don’t realize the NBA game is tailored for players like Rubio, while the euroleague for the opposite type of player. I think he will thrive in the L, especially considering he is a much better defender than most people realize

  • doyouwantmore

    If you don’t like Ricky Rubio you’re a racist Islamophobe.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    @Red – think before you type douche, co-sign nbk.

  • chingy

    I think the J-Will comparison is fair, at least for year one. J-Will does have more range tho…

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    It’s honestly not ridiculous to think he could win ROY. Kyrie will be a bust (yeah, I said it), and Derrick is blocked at his position…any other contenders? This rookie class is sad. That said, I’ve been rooting for this kid for a long time (even before SLAM ran their cover story with him and Young Buck) and I can’t wait to see him thrive.