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Ricky Rubio Just Doesn't Fit in Minnesota

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  Fifth overall draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Ricky Rubio makes his way to the stage during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brandon BoydContributor IJune 29, 2009

 

Ricky Rubio has made a name for himself in the past few weeks.

Not only through his play, which has been compared to stars like Pete Maravich and Jason Kidd, but also through his off-court problems.

One more was added after the NBA Draft.

Rubio claimed he would play in the NBA for free if he had to. Who knows if he meant it?

It doesn't matter.

Rubio just claimed he wanted to be in the NBA.

Here's his test.

Let's pretend for a moment that each NBA team represents a supermodel courting Rubio for a date.

Behind Door One, New York. New York is Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady's wife.  Attractive, marketable, and well-known.

Behind Door Two, Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is Brooklyn Decker, Andy Roddick's wife, an upcoming model with lots of potential and a future brighter than the sun.

Behind Door Three, Minnesota. Minnesota, it turns out, is not a supermodel at all. Behind Door Three is an average looking girl, who isn't as appealing as the other two.

The problem? There's a twist to this game. Rubio doesn't pick a door, a door picks Rubio.

And Rubio gets stuck with Door Three.

To make matters worse, right after the Door chooses Rubio, Door Three chooses another guy that she wants as well, Jonny Flynn, putting Rubio and Flynn in the same position with no chance of getting out.

Does that sound fair?

Getting out of the supermodel comparison, Minnesota (or at least GM David Kahn) believes that Rubio and Flynn can work in a back court. 

Yeah, right.

One is short and can shoot (Flynn); the other is tall, as skinny as skim milk, and a magnificent passer that can't shoot well (Rubio). Which one will guard Kobe when the Lakers come to town? Which one will be given the task of shutting down Vince Carter? 

Will the lesser shooter play SG because of his height? Would the smaller player play SG because of his shooting ability? It's a lose-lose situation for Minnesota.

It's exactly why Rubio deserves to complain about being in Minnesota. How can he thrive next to a player that plays his position? 

It's like a child looking for a snack, but instead of grabbing cookies and milk, he grabs cookies and cookies. Cookies and cookies might seem nice, but too many cookies upsets the stomach.

Or, in this case, the team.

Rubio isn't even sure if he wants to come to the NBA anymore. Who can blame him? He's being set up to fail.

GM David Kahn needs to realize that this just won't work, before this turns into a Yi Jianlian situation.

Yi, as you will remember, was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Draft in 2007. He was another hyped player, only out of China, and wanted to go to a good market, much like Rubio.

He eventually got his way, and was sent to New Jersey in a deal for Richard Jefferson.

Minnesota can get a player of Jefferson's caliber, but they need to do so before they lose their leverage.

As for Rubio, we'll find out if he decides to come to the NBA or stick it out again in Europe.

I wouldn't blame him in the least bit for skipping out in Minnesota.

Why would one of the most highly hyped prospects go to one of the lowest media markets in the NBA?

Why would one of the most talented PGs go to play with another talented PG in the same back court?

It's a no-brainer to me.

Ricky Rubio does not belong in Minnesota.

 

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