Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden has confirmed on his Twitter account that Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is set to play in his exhibition game on Sunday, November 20th. Drew Gooden’s Bay Area Make A Wish Charity Basketball Game is set to take place at the Cow Palace near San Francisco. As of now, the game is set to include Amar’e Stoudemire, Eric Gordon, Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, and Joakim Noah among others.
The one thing that stands out to me is Rubio is the only true point guard scheduled to play in the game based on the game’s website. This could be a chance for Rubio to get some decent experience against a full roster of NBA players. He should get a lot of of playing time as games like this usually need a good passing point guard to run the show, and basically throw a lot of alley-oops. It would be cool if Rubio is on the same team as Stoudemire and the two connect on a highlight play. It would at least be something for the Timberwolves faithful to get excited about.
Personally, I think it’s great that Rubio is over here. He may not be getting official game action as he would be in Europe, but he’s playing against the level of athetes that he might not see over there. The NBA season might not happen this year, but maybe a year of Rubio playing exhibitions against NBA athletes is the best thing that could have happened to him? After all, he was basically riding the pine in Spain anyway. All the while he’s getting acquianted with life in the United States. This could prove to be a much smoother transition once the games start (if ever).
Here is one of Amar’e Stoudemire’s best dunks of his career in the face of Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver (when he was with the Warriors).