Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  56 responses

Kobe Bryant Impressed By Ricky Rubio

Kobe Bryant put a stop to the Lakers’ bleeding in Minnesota last night, but couldn’t help but be impressed by the play of rookie point guard Ricky Rubio. From the OC Register: “Rubio has been a revelation for the Timberwolves as their rookie point guard, with Lakers coach Mike Brown pointing out that the athletic NBA game with fewer zone defenses to expose Rubio’s shaky jumper is well-suited for him. Rubio had flashes Sunday night but shot 2 of 13 from the field, finishing with five points and eight assists. Kobe Bryant has been impressed by Rubio in the NBA. ‘He’s fantastic,’ Bryant said. ‘He has great court vision, great poise.’”

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  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Kobe then looked at Fisher and Blake and let out a long sigh…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Tranlation: I wish I had him on my team.

  • http://fjskdlf.com Jukai

    Beat ya to it, niQ.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    HAHAHA @Jukai

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    ..and let the “Rubio to the Lakers” talk begins…

  • smeetah

    yeah the kid is the business. just keep working on your shot son.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    lol yea, there were no comments when I was reading the blurb.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i thought he was going to better in the nba than in europe just because of the style of play, but he is exceedeing my expectations by far

  • DerekG

    Cosign Jukai!

  • http://yahoo.com LakerNation

    Rubio is where he needs to be as a pt gaurd if he creates a shot it will take away from his passing habits.

  • bike

    He still can’t shoot though. Strange that a guy with such remarkable natural ability handling/passing the ball never learned to shoot. Probably too late for him.

  • shutup

    I’m impressed that he made those 2 shots. Kyrie Irving for ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • robb

    Rubio got the Wolves going late in the game. He made only 2 shots but he was the one leading the charge and almost took away the W from the Lakers.The kid is good.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    There is a reason he leads all rookies in PT.

  • shutup

    theres actually a couple reasons -he plays along side another proven pg in Ridinour, the wolves finally have some one thats marketable, and he’s the color of fresh driven snow

  • http://www.coachesclipboard.net/FlexOffense.html nbk

    Ridnour is primarily playing off the ball. And the Wolves are a net positive with Rubio on the court. He is a player that helps the team compete. That’s why. Not the color of his skin.

  • actionslackson

    u know if rubio hits two more FGs he’s in kobe’s territory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    Kobe’s mother makes the BEST cheese eggs in the world

  • startown

    He turned the game around, down 18 his court control had them ahead in the 4th. I counted again, last night, Rubio would have had 5 more assists if players were ready for the ball, or didn’t miss the layup. If the Lakers has Rubio, Wow look out!

    Shutup doesn’t like Rubio because he is doubling his predicted numbers for what he thought would be a “bust” and I also think he will beat out Irving for ROY.

    Rubio is top 5 in assists and top 2 in steals, Irving is not top 10 in anything. Although I will say Irving is an excellent player!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    I think Irving is the better overall player. But he doesn’t have the same impact on his team that Rubio has. Minnesota’s roster is so lopsided, yet they are still only 2 games below .500 – Also, with Rubio on the court the Wolves are a +77. Cleveland with Irving is a -44.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    for those who complains about Rubio’s lack of shooting touch, i have two words for you: Ason Kidd.
    he’s THIRD in 3 pointers made of ALL TIME in the NBA.

  • startown

    Rubio +77 not shooting well lately, but actually scoring more than most predicted. NBK good point on overall impact!

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    cosign nbk
    before the season started people said he wouldnt even score one point.
    Overall iam impressed by rubio season this far. Also his flair is so much more
    marketable then an irving. And that doesnt have anything to do whit the color of his skin. Just his abilty to throw some bizarre passes.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    The important thing is, he makes his teammates better. Needs to put more arc to his shot though.

  • bike

    Let’s hope Rubio is happy and stays in Minn. If he can just learn to love those heavy Minn. women who graze in the potato fields all summer long to fatten up for the long winters.

  • shutup

    actually I think i predicted 10 and 7 with 4 to. So tell me how he’s doubling that? and the only way Rubio wins roy over Irving is if the white machine makes it so. and ridinour who was starting pg “playing off the ball” is BS also the wolves are a better team overall than Cleveland

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

    nbk….c’mon fam….thats a garbage stat and you know it. How many cats on the Minnesota roster can put the ball in the basket compared to Clevelands roster??? not even a comparison. Give Kyrie Irving Rubio’s cast and then compare

  • startown

    Shutup: I looked back you never predicted 10-7-4, you predicted 8-6-4 so I will admit that Rubio is not “doubling” your numbers, but he is exceeded your numbers by quite a bit and you said he would finish 3rd in ROY and have a career similar to Jason Williams.

    In all three cases you will probably end up wrong, unless Rubio gets hurt.

  • http://www.coachesclipboard.net/FlexOffense.html nbk

    Minnesota’s roster is not very much better then Cleveland’s. And it’s not nearly as balanced. Like I said, Irving is better but Rubio helps his team more. And Ridnour WAS the starting PG, WAS. Ridnour has ALWAYS played less minutes at the 1 then Rubio. Since the first game of the season. To argue that Rubio is leading all rookies in minutes because he plays with another player at the same exact position has To be the dumbest argument I have heard about his minutes. What a stupid notion.


    Rubio s a skinny Jason Kidd 2 me , less muscle wit more hustle. He gonna be great.

  • http://fjskdlf.com Jukai

    shutup: Even though your number rises every time you talk about Rubio, you’re still off. 10-7 isn’t correct… He’s at 11-9 and his stats seem to rise every game he plays.
    Chances are Rubio is going to wind up with 12-5-10 at the end of the season at the very least… with over two steals a game. And damn solid defense. That’s pretty damn good for a 21-year-old rookie who everyone thought was overhyped and would bomb.
    That being said, his shot definitely needs to get better. His spot-up shooting is streaky, and he draws contact just fine but he gets blocked way too much… He’s gotta work on separating himself from his defender a bit better. It really is his one weakness. As someone else mentioned, it’s kinda crazy how amazing his passing and court vision is, how solid his rebounding and defense is, and how abysmal his scoring is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/01/kobe-bryant-impressed-by-ricky-rubio/ horus87

    if minnesotta trades for a 2 guard they are sure playoff team
    maybe oj mayo

  • LA Huey

    More than to have someone’s abilities (LeBron, Hakeem, etc), I wish I could see the court like Kidd or Rubio.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Minnesota is nowhere near a sure playoff team. As of right now, not even the Spurs or Grizzlies would make the playoffs.

  • shutup

    The wolves roster is head and shoulders above the Cavs as for the numbers I stand by the 8-6-4 if i said it I i said it, but he’s not doubling even the 8-6-4 hes exceeding it and I give him credit for that. Ridnour is a starting pg in the nba and has been most of his career to say that it doesnt help Rubio that they play at the same time is utter B$. and I didnt think that Rubio would be playing the amount of minutes he is either, but I think everyone thinks that the Jason Williams comment was a diss, Jason Williams was a very exciting player with great court vision and great ball handling the only real difference is Jason Williams could shoot better and would shoot a lot more

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    They play the SAME position. Arguing that Rubio is playing more minutes for that reason is stupid. Beyond stupid. Irving is playing with Ramon Sessions, under that ridiculously clueless logic then he should be playing more minutes too. — And Rubio is 10X the defender Jason Williams was. He is also averaging more assists in his first season then Williams did every season of his career but (1). Rubio will clearly be a better pro then Williams was. It’s not going to be remotely close if he doesn’t get hurt.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Arguing with you is like arguing with my boys who don’t actually watch games, they just have an opinion based on the highlights & stats they saw on NBATV or Sportscenter.

  • shutup

    How could you play the same position and be on the court at the same time?, its not like their splitting minutes at one spot. I never said it was the reason for him playing more minutes, but having another pg on the floor covers for Rubios mistakes, and gives him the freedom of not carrying the weight of running the offense on his shoulders alone, while being able to gamble on passing lanes. Its sorta like PG training wheels.

  • shutup

    and Jason williams avg 12.8ppg/ 6 apg/ 1.9stpg and 2.9to as a rookie rubio is currently avg 11.1ppg/ 8.8 apg/ 2.4 stlpg and 3.3 tov those numbers look really similar to me, and lets take into account Williams was on a team with two of the best post passers in the nba at that time in Divac and Weber.

  • http://fjskdlf.com Jukai

    Shutup: if he finishes at 12-5-10-2.5, he’s exceeded your expectations too far for you to say “well, I thought he would do this, so i was close!” You’re not close. You said he wouldn’t reach double digit points or assists. He’s already done one and he’ll probably exceed the other when it is all said and done.
    in his last ten games, he’s averaging 12-5-9.6-3… that’s because his average playing time has gone up by ten minutes, which he’ll probably play for the rest of the season.
    I think he’s going to do just fine.
    And the Rubio/Ridnour position is really, really, really stupid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    Jason Williams best season as a pro, 14.8PPG, 8.0APG, 3.0RPG, 1.7SPG, 3.3TO – on 38% shooting. That’s his best year. Rubio is basically matching that on his first try, while playing next to another PG, actually 2 of them.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    The point is, both Rubio and Irving are playing with a starting caliber PG. It isn’t an excuse for either of them. Good or Bad. To use it as one, is stupid.

  • Mike from Spain

    Well, I agree with Jukai and nbk, I just wince at the name calling…

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Is it cause he is euro that some guys struggle to give him his props?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeLRym4Q-pg nbk

    That and because he had “undeserved” (according to his critics) hype going into the 09 draft. Even though he had turned pro at 14, was productive right out the gate, was the best PG on Spains 08 Olympic team (also more then held his own against top notch PG’s in the Gold Medal Game), won defensive player of the year awards in europe it seems some people believe he didn’t deserve the praise he was getting.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Sigh. I remember when Jason Williams was the man. Damn I’m getting old.

  • http://slamonline.com. datkid

    Nbk you know your the homie, but minnesota’s roster is SO much better than cleaveland’s… who does cleaveland have that’s on the level of kevin love? or even Michael Beasley?

  • shutup

    I guess theres only two of us that remember when Jason Williams was the next coming of pistol pete. as for the best pg on spain that was debatable I still believe Calderon is a better overall player and a better floor general. AS for the gold medal game, Spain played zone so who was he matched up against?
    @jukai i said i was wrong about his production i was just sayin i was close to quoting my own prediction, and the only reasons these articles keep coming up is because the wolves media makes it a point to ask players what they think about him.

  • startown

    Rubio–18 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds tonight in a win in Houston.
    Love had 29 and Beasley looked awesome 34 points. If Beasley can play consistent basketball this team could be dangerous down the stretch!

  • http://www.coachesclipboard.net/FlexOffense.html nbk

    I said Cleveland is more balanced and Minnesota isn’t that much better. Which in terms of talent would be completely wrong but actual production wise is true. Jamison is a better player then Beasley today. So is Verajao. Nobody near KLove though.

  • Justin G.

    Question: What will happen first? The Timberwolves win the NBA title or nbk and shutup agree on something?

  • PippenAin’tEasy

    If he can improve his jump shot, this guy is gonna be one of the best point guards in the NBA. Keep up the work Rubio. I know it has only been about only a quarter of the season but you’re already my ROY vote.

  • Ben Roethlisberger

    If Pete Maravich and John Stockton made love, there baby would be Ricky Rubio.

  • miller126

    Its easy to post numbers 20 games or so into a season, wait til Rubio has to play a full 82 game season when teams figure him out knowing how to trap, push him into a corner, limit his drives, make him shoot the 3 ball consistently, get the full scouting report on him. As for the comparison to JWill, Williams was doing the same thing his RY. Everyone was predicting him to be the next Pistol Pete, remember him breaking GP off in the first couple weeks of the season? JWill was averaging 16 to 18 pts and like 7 assists with around 2.5 steals midway through the 50 game lockout season, basically the same point in this current season. Point is, Rubio could either keep improving or drop off much like Jwill. Im a Rubio fan as well, but the kid needs to improve his jump shot, cuz teams will do their research aka scouting reports on ya and find and exploit ur weaknesses.

  • Eddie LOmax

    Breaking news… Mitch Kupchak orchestrates trade… A bootleg championship ring, Steven Blake and an old pair of Jack Nicholsons boxer shorts for Rubio… NBA G.M’s talk conspiracy theories.

  • escrima

    LOL @bike: “If he can just learn to love those heavy Minn. women”
    Rubio’s from Spain, man. Frickin’ Spain.