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Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
Position: G
Born: 10/21/90
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $14,100,000
“I’ve played with a lot of good rookies, but this kid is special,” guard Ricky Rubio said of Mitchell. “Just because he’s willing to learn. He’s asking a lot of questions. He’s humble. And he keeps improving. He’s improved so fast. He watches film all the time, he asks questions, and he’s willing to learn. Most of them are good questions. But he knows the game and you can tell, because he knows the game very well and he wants to get better.”
The 27-year-old point guard has only been in Utah for a few months, but he’s already made a strong impression with his robust charity efforts in state borders and beyond. He’s volunteered his time at events to speak at cancer charity events, bought tickets for families afflicted with the disease and given a lot of money to fund research. The latest donation came in the form of an oversize check to the 5 For the Fight Foundation, which is a nonprofit partner of the Jazz. In the halls of the Huntsman Cancer Institute last Friday, Rubio handed over $20,000 for lung cancer research, and the donation was matched by Layton Construction for 40,000 cancer-fighting dollars given in a single day.
While Rubio has met with some struggles on court, it’s hard to argue that he’s using his time unwisely: He’s already met hundreds of cancer patients, many of them children. By the end of the season, he hopes to donate $150,000 to fund cancer research and awareness. There’s some parts of that fight that Rubio keeps private and sacred. But he’s never too busy to help someone else in their own journey. “All of them are fighters and are true heroes,” he said of meeting patients. “Every family, every kid, everybody has their own unique way to fight.”
“He’s a bigger Ricky Rubio,” one general manager says. “People like the Jason Kidd comp because Kidd couldn’t shoot coming in, but Kidd exerted his will on the game physically, and he could control the game in the half court. Ball hasn’t shown he can do that, even though he clearly knows what defenses are trying to do. “I just don’t see how he’ll move the needle in terms of wins and losses unless you can get out on the break 50 times a game.”
1 month ago via ESPN