Saturday, March 10, 2012

Aftering finally quieting the naysayers a freakish but all too common play ends flashy rookie Ricky Rubio's season

Rubio came to the NBA after playing on one of the premier club teams in Spain who was a championship contender year after year with a team filled with quality veterans. Many said that Rubio needed more work before coming to play in the league after he seemingly regressed if you looked at his statistics on paper. Many said that he needed A LOT of work, muscle development and time to simpily grow up before stepping on the court with guys like 6'8" 240LBS small forward Lebron James and 6'11" and built like a greek statue made of solid rock Dwight Howard.

ESPN.com Player Profile-Ricky Rubio
 Those were the kind of guys that would be meeting Rubio at the rim and how many seriously thought that a guy averaging 2nd man off the bench minutes, barley over 5 pts in those minutes in the SPANISH LEAGUE could even earn court time in THE LEAGUE?
Ricky Rubio is listed at 6'4" and 180lbs in the espn player profile which like the team player profile is sent in by the manager/assistant etc I believe. (at least that how it's done at the lower levels) Basically that means that those numbers get expanded or decreased based on what the player and team want.  Who wants to be listed at 5'11" when they can say they are 6'1", and after the offseason that flew by filled with parties and late nights out with friends had your weight balloon up to 225. That's easy, by opening night you'll have worked off that big mac filled backside, we'll just list him at his playing weight of 190.


What makes this disheartening for both Rubio and Timberwolves fans is he has not only played extremely well all things considered this season, improving week by week and even winning a starting job but this was finally a sign the team was moving in the right direction again for the first time since trading superstar Kevin Garnett. They resigned big-man and all-star Kevin Love to a multi-year deal and have their point guard of the future to go with last years player that was drafted early in the first round Williams and this year again will be picking up someone early and the draft is much much deeper. Things are finally going in the right direction for Minnesota fans before this so I hope its just a speed bump on the road back to relevance, they have waited long enough.






ESPN.com Rubio Article