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My Two Cent On The Ricky Rubio Situation

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Kobe Bryant #10 of the United States speaks to an official as Ricky Rubio #6 and Marc Gasol #13 of Spain look on in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Ticket BoyContributor IJune 29, 2009

Wow, well Rubio is gone, the greatest hope for Minnesota Basketball since Kevin Garnett will not be playing in Minnesota, right?

Not so fast there, young whipper-snapper.

All of what we have heard from this is what has come out of the mouths of the media, and some small sentiments from Mr. Rubio, Ricky Rubio's father. From what Junior Rubio has said, all we can basically say is that his buyout from DKV Joventut is too large to pay off with the amount of money he will be earning as the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Daft.

Lets go back in time, there were huge discussions involving the Wolves trading up to the No. Two pick to take Rubio. Well, as those talks were going on, Rubio actually didn't have a problem with playing for my beloved Timberwolves. But, when he found out about Memphis getting the second pick, he boldly came out and said that he would not play for them.

What can we decipher from this?


I might actually be wrong though, this could be a ploy set-up by his agent to make him look better in the public eye, so he can be more marketable.

But all I ask is that you wait and think hard about the situation before labeling him the Pain from Spain.

Lets take a look at how the wolves would look if they kept all there players and how Rubio and Flynn could actually get 30 minutes a night despite only starting one of the two.


PG-Ricky Rubio

SG-Wayne Ellingtom

SF-Ryan Gomes

PF-Al Jefferson/Kevin Love

C-All Jefferson/Kevin Love


6th Man- Jonny Flynn

7th Man-Rodney Carney

8th Man-Corey Brewer

9th Man- Craig Smith

10th Man-Olivsky Pecherov

Say Ricky Rubio and Wayne Ellington start, for the first seven and a half minutes, then we substitute, Jonny Flynn and Rodney Carney in for the next seven and a half minutes. After that we play Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn together in the way that Davin Kahn is envisioning, for about seven and a half minutes, and to finish off the half we go back to the Ricky Rubio Wayne Ellington combo. Then we repeat this same rotation for the second half.

My Timberwolves are finally heading in the right direction and it has been overshadowed by media hype over Rubio not wanting to play for us. I, for one, refuse to fall into there trap. This team has a chance to be very special, if Rubio decides to play. If he doesn't we all know that he will regret doing that for the rest of his basketball playing career, and afterwards as well.

For now though, I lets just try to see him play for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a year or two.


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