Why Ricky Rubio Should Suck it Up and Play for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2011

See the hat he is wearing in this picture? He should be playing for that team.
See the hat he is wearing in this picture? He should be playing for that team.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The title seems harsh, but when you look at the reality of the situation, it says it all.

I have no regrets about it all, and I am beginning to become very up front about my anger towards Ricky Rubio and his camp.

In the 2009 NBA Draft, Rubio was selected fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. I, as a Timberwolves fan, was as ecstatic as the next guy about Ricky coming to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and suit up in the Target Center as a Wolf.

The potential that day looked great, as the Wolves had drafted two highly touted guards in Rubio and Syracuse's Jonny Flynn.

The following day however, Rubio's father stated to a Spanish media outlet that his son would be staying in Spain for one more season.

Then last summer he said Ricky needed another year in Europe.

Time and time again David Kahn, the Wolves' general manager, kept reiterating that Rubio would be joining the team this season or the next, but latest reports have indicated otherwise, stating that Rubio wants to play on the East Coast.

Look people, I know he's good and all, but seriously? Why does he have to act like he's better than everyone else?

The Cleveland Cavaliers won 17 games in 2002-03 and selected a guy by the name of LeBron James with the first pick. Did you ever see LeBron, a much better prospect than Rubio, throw a tantrum and say that he wanted to play with someone else?

It's the same thing with John Wall and the Wizards, Derrick Rose of the Bulls, and many, many more examples.

Then you might think, "Well, he's from Europe so he has the right to act like a baby."

Take a look at Dirk Nowitzki, who was traded to the Mavericks on draft night in 1998. The Mavericks were the laughingstock of the league, winning 20 games the previous season.

Never once did Dirk complain during that whole situation.

The chances of Rubio being a superior baller to Nowitzki are little to none.

A senior member of Rubio's camp yesterday gave an inconsiderate and downright ridiculous comment when asked about Rubio's future in Minnesota.

"The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota?"

My jaw literally dropped when I read this.

Do you think LeBron wanted to play with a team that won 17 games? No way, but did he complain and try to whine his way out Cleveland? Nope, instead he led them to an NBA Finals appearance and nearly took home the trophy.

Besides, Kevin Garnett was an 18-year-old when he was drafted by the Timberwolves years ago. Although he didn't win a title, he turned in a pretty nice career in Minnesota.

The fact of the matter is that I'm sick of this little saga involving the diva that is taking over the former prodigy.

On top of it all, he is playing dismally in Europe. He averages 6.8 points and 4.1 assists per game while shooting an absolutely horrendous 18 percent from beyond the arc, according to the EuroLeague website.

Not exactly helping your case there, sport.

I know that not all of this nonsense is his fault, but maybe he should think about who he is paying and what in the world they are doing behind his back.

Ricky, in all honesty the likelihood of you becoming the best basketball player the world has ever seen is practically zero percent.

So why must you act like it?