Hey guys, remember Ricky Rubio(notes)? C'mon, sure you do. The point guard from Spain who's supposed to be the best Spanish point guard in the history of Spain? You know him. He was drafted last summer by the Timberwolves, who then drafted another point guard with the pick immediately following the one used on Rubio, and then signed yet another point guard during the offseason. Somehow this fool-proof plan backfired and Rubio stayed home.
Well, even though he's been enjoying the fine weather in Spain for the past year, he's also been playing some hoops, leading Barcelona to the Euroleague title earlier this week. Wanting to see what he missed out on, Minnesota president David Kahn hopped an ocean to check out some games and deliver some deep insights on the youngster.
"Ricky played really well in the first game; he arguably was the best player on the floor," Kahn said Tuesday. "In the second game, he played a solid first half, but in the second half he had problems with the other team's defensive pressure. He got a little loose with the ball and didn't play very much in the second half."
That clears things up. He played well, but then he struggled and didn't play well. You can totally see why this guy is running an NBA franchise.
However, Kahn didn't get a good enough look at Rubio as he and Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis are scheduled to head to Europe to scout their draft choice and some others later this month. Probably a good move since the other guys might be in a Minnesota uniform before Rubio ever sets foot in America.
As the Pioneer Press' Charley Walters reports, the Timberwolves aren't even planning to woo Rubio this summer. Instead, they're sticking to their plan of letting Rubio finish out his contract with Barcelona and hoping to get him to the NBA for the 2011-12 season. However, with a lockout looming, Rubio would have to turn down big money, success and immense fame overseas to come to a league with labor disputes, a rookie contract and a team packed with point guards. Sorry Minnesota fans, but I'd take Spain, too.
Furthermore, things could get even crazier if the Timberwolves land the first pick in this year's draft. Owners of the league's second-worst record, Minnesota has a 20 percent chance of leapfrogging the Nets to nab the No. 1 spot. If you haven't heard, there's this guy named John Wall who's about as sure-fire of a point-guard prospect as you can get. If the Timberwolves get the first pick, they'd be stupid not to take him, even if he would be their third lottery point guard in two drafts.
Needless to say, I'll be rooting for this exact scenario to happen at next Tuesday's Draft Lottery.