Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  31 responses

Jonny Flynn Blames Ricky Rubio Hype for Struggles in Minnesota

When Ricky Rubio was nothing more than a figment of most Timberwolves fans’ imagination upheld by grainy YouTube clips, Minnesota and Jonny Flynn had to endure one another for two seasons. Flynn says he let the Rubio hype get to his head. Reports the Pioneer Press: “Flynn, drafted No. 6 overall by the Timberwolves in 2009, was traded to the Rockets in June during the 2011 draft after two unsuccessful seasons in Minnesota. The Wolves drafted Rubio No. 5 overall in 2009, but he opted to play two more years in Spain before coming to the NBA this season. ‘I let that (the Rubio talk) get to me too much,’ Flynn said. ‘Everybody was always talking about Ricky coming here. My two years here was like five years to me. What I went through taught me a lot about life.’ Flynn and Rubio were considered the Timberwolves’ backcourt of the future when the team drafted them. Flynn started 81 games as a rookie, but struggled last season after a slow recovery from hip surgery in the summer of 2010 to repair a torn labrum. Flynn was limited to 53 games and made only eight starts. He averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 assists in 16.9 minutes. Flynn didn’t fare well in then-coach Kurt Rambis’ triangle offense, raising doubts about his future with the team and frustrating Timberwolves fans. Flynn said he ‘tried to stay a professional’ about the situation. ‘I remember all of that,’ Flynn said of the criticism. ‘It felt like we were playing 82 road games last year when your own crowd was on you. What did I do to deserve that? I never spoke bad about Minnesota or the organization.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/cuzzcuzz @cuzzcuzz

    So what’s his excuse for riding the pine this year?? Was a bad pick for T-Wolves,should of took Curry..Flynn was overrated and nothing more then a 2nd or 3rd option.

  • Ismael

    Your just NOT that good johnny. Stop blaming others for you pathetic play.

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

    You mad?

  • Justin G.

    So tired of guys blaming other players’ situations for their own shortcomings or bad play. First Jameer Nelson and now this guy. Shut up and play ball. Prove people wrong on the court!

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    i sense a dose of man up needing to be described to this young gentleman

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    well that and he didn’t fit into Kurt rambis system at all.

  • RunNGun

    There’s always a scapegoat when you’re in the wrong…

  • Yesse

    Jealousy must feel terrible..


    just say this and move on. Rubio is better than you. plus, you’re tiny.

  • Ldub20

    cosign Justin G. Ive never taken a back seat to anyone based on what others thought about that person. Dude walks in the gym and people start whispering saying he is this and he is that…it motivates me to step up and play hard because we play the same position. Better opposition (even teammates) should only make you better. All this whining and complaining that someone elses life is effecting yours, is plain retarded. Who wants to have such emotional ballers on their team? I sure as hell dont. Stop being a punk, man up, play ball.

  • Jer dawg

    Yeah, shame that he had to hear it and let it affect his play. Triangle offense may have limited his abilities to what a traditional point guard can do, but it’s not hard to run, shoot, pass, and defend. With or without the ball. Just play and prove people wrong.

  • Riggs

    1. Not even Rubio is playing bad due to his hype
    2. How ya doing on the Rockets jonny?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I would blame it on the Johnny Flynn hype. You got picked 20 picks higher then you should have. All because of a 6 overtime game. Count your blessings that you got what you did Johnny Flynn, cuz you didn’t really deserve it.

  • robb

    the headline is a bit misleading, he recognizes he let the Rubio hype get to him too much, but he’s not blaming others. he’s blaming himself for letting it affect him so much.

  • shutup

    He averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 assists in 16.9 minutes if you double that too 32min a game his numbers look exactly like rubios. its the timberwolves fault for picking two pgs back to back, since that draft day Rubio has been a black cloud over this kids head the rubio hype has been crazy, and remember he’s coming off a surgery, one that i might add is extremely painful, I remember straining a hip flexor and it hurt to just breathe sometimes

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No if you look at his per 36 minutes stats he scores more, but the rest of his stats are cannon fodder compared to Rubio per minute. Except they have the same turnover numbers. Flynn was flat overrated. There is no other way to say it.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I don’t like Flynn. One of my least favorite PG’s in the L.

  • wiltmj1323

    he actually played good his rookie year, 13.5 ppg, n 5, i dont know why ppl r hating on him he went through a serious injury, if you give him the minutes, hell produce

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    13 & 4, on 41% shooting, with 3 turnovers a game. He was not good at all.

  • Marcel

    I blame the Minnesota timberwolves whole coaching staff including the gm. Why would draft Rubio a point guard and then draft another pg and mess up his career and them everyone wants to talk about Jonny flynn of how bad he is.. He’s actually pretty good jus needs a chance

  • Startown

    Shutup; please quit on Rubio, check his stat line tonight against Mavs!
    Crow sandwich

  • smeetah

    Johnny Flynn is saying he let the ‘Rubio hype’ get to him, hype about another player. Rubio isn’t even letting the ‘Rubio hype’ get to him, hype about HIMSELF! I’m not quite sure how he figures the Rubio hype altered his performances – did he blow layups cos the ghost of Rubio hype was going for a chase-down block on him? Did he misread a PnR or try and thread a pass that wasn’t really there because the ghost of Rubio hype was whispering that he could do it better? Keep working hard Johnny, earn yourself a solid spot in the league, probably as a spark plug backup, no shame in that.

  • startown

    Marcel: I agree, Flynn was a poor choice. We had Rubio, then could have drafted a big guy or Curry. Not only that we had Lawson and traded him too.

  • ana

    IT seems like is In Vogue for people to be using European players as their scapegoats. Rubio had nothing to do with this. Just admit that you’re not a good player and you are too lazy and have no discipline to improve. Look at Gasol last year he was the scapegoat for the lakers not winning the championship. But why they didn’t blame Odom and Bynum for not playing good? Is it because thay are the mayority and they think they are good in basketball justg by showing attitude. But what they don’t realize that when they are showing off that they are tough and the best players in the world, buying women and friends with money and showing off their masseratti’s , there’s other players that they are training hard, having discipline to get better.

  • FargoWolvesFan

    I don’t think Flynn deserved it either, quite frankly. He NEVER should have been drafted that high in the first place…he was a late 2nd rounder at best. Because the Wolves were incredibly stupid and took Flynn over Curry (or a number of other players) people hate on him.

    It’s over though, Rubio baby!!

  • http://Twitter/facebook Lawrence Thomas

    You need to stop cryinng

  • anen

    What the hell. Rubio had to endure more shyt than anything this kid could ever experience and didn’t let his own hype affect him. Flynn should have NEVER been drafted that high he lacks maturity. Minnesota should have drafted Curry or someone else Arrrh

  • Jason Kimbrough

    13 ppg and just over 4 assist per as a rookie is pretty good. Remember we are talkingabout the toughest position in the NBA. Minnesota wanted Rubio but knew that they wouldnt have him for 2-4 yrs because his buyout was so high. They needed a point guard so they drafted Flynn who was by far one of the best in college. Basketball as a business says take Flynn, let him run the show and develope and at worst in a couple of years have two really good pg’s on your hands and be able to use one as trade bait to upgrade at another position. Flynn injury was tough and rehabing took a long time so he was limited in his second yr. While all of that was going on Minnesota is making tradess, firing coaches and doing anything possible to try to get better. When Flyn came back the situation was completely different than his Rookie yr and physically he couldn’t do the same things that he was accustomed to right away. Add that to a completely different coaching style and a missed training camp and that how is numbers dropped like they did. Minnesota, feeling like they were going to get Rubio soon decided to Trade Flyn to Houston which meant he was playing behind Kyle Lowry (NBA’s most improved player this yr.) Flynn is simply admitting that he handled things incorrectly mentally, he isn’t blaming anyone. The NBA is all about opportunity thats why you see guys like John Lucas come off the bench to start and score 26 points. Everyone can play. I just hope that at some point Flynn gets an opportunity to play again somewhere. He has the potential to be an NBA starter but his injury cost him that opportunity early in his career. He is still young enough to bounce back. BTW lets see how many rookie pg’s average 13 ppg and 4 assist this yr.

  • http://twitter.com/martinnwoga Martin Nwoga

    100 percent correct Jason! He had a good rookie year, however the injury slowed down his progression in his second season. Flynn is a good player and with the right opportunity and work ethic, he will flourish!

  • Skolew2

    Half of y’all or probably most don’t even play ball, so your opinion probably doesn’t matter, and to call jonny Flynn overrated? I like to see some of y’all play in the NBA and see how y’all pan out, I agreed he has to focus on his own doing but on the same note not everyone is like Kobe not everyone can use negative feelings to boost their play. Some people need confidence and belief, to say he is a bust I think is wrong. Look at Chauncey billiups and how long it took for him to be a star. Now he maybe one of the best pg ever. Jonny I say stick with it and keep GOD first and you’ll receive all the blessing you need. I’m not saying Rubio is not good I’m saying why cant we support both and want them both to do good?