The Star Tribune has published a report that Ricky Rubio is hard at work in Los Angeles in preparation for the start of his career in the NBA as a Minnesota Timberwolves point guard. The story indicates that Rubio has been working out regularily with headline names like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Other fairly big NBA names included Danny Granger, Shawn Marion, and 2011 # overall draft pick Enes Kanter.
Rubio is quoted in the article:
“The best thing I can do is come here, play with the guys who are playing in the NBA and be ready when the league starts,” he said. “The best thing I can do is see them play. In the end, it’s basketball, you know? But it’s different than Europe. I needed to come here so I can feel and I can see and I can watch how to play.”
Rubio is on the right track here. He needs to get a good feel of the NBA game, and he needs to see how some of the best play. It sounds like he’s got his head in the right place. It’s encouraging that it seems like he definitely has set some big goals with his career. In order to become one of the best, you have to think like one. If Kevin Garnett would be a nice guy, he would also be teaching Rubio about NBA life in Minnesota.
Rubio also sounds excited about his situation here with the Timberwolves and the chance to grow with the other young teammates. If Rubio isn’t the most intriguing part of the Timberwolves upcoming season, I don’t know what is. It’s not all on Rubio to turn the franchise around, but it’s crucial that he provide a spark of excitement to the team much like Jason Williams did for the Sacremento Kings in 1999. Rubio has been compared to Williams by some, and both have been compared to “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
Here are some more Rubio quotes from the article:
“I really like I what I see,” he said. “There are a lot of players almost the same age as me. I see the team growing up together. I think we can improve a lot. There is a lot of talent there. My first two days there, I was with Anthony Randolph and it was amazing throwing him the ball. He would catch no matter where you passed. From a bad pass, he make an assist.
“That will help me play well. I am a point guard. My goal is to get all five players playing the same way, playing together to make them all better. That’s what I can do.”