Ricky Rubio Rumors

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Ricky Rubio
Position: G
Born: 10/21/90
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $13,400,000
Rubio said he was pleased by Thibodeau’s hiring and believes the new coaching staff will make a big difference on a young, impressionable roster. “I think we’ve got all the pieces together to make something happen,” he said. “I’m really excited about the new coach and the new staff. They have a lot of years in their backpack and really can teach us how to reach the next level. I think we have the tools. We just have to put all them together.”
Bogut also blasted the the call that saw him fouled out, accusing Spain’s Ricky Rubio of taking a “Superman dive”. “The referees bought it, as usual,” Bogut said. “They’ll look back at the tape and see how obviously bad they were “When you blatantly dive into someone and fall over, that’s a tough way to play. I don’t blame Spain. If the referees are calling it, you keep doing it.”
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His mother, Tona, was certainly one of them. The point guard spent all of last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves watching from afar as Tona’s body slowly succumbed to lung cancer, and there were times that he wondered if he should be playing at all. “Sometimes at night during the season I was going through hell,” Rubio told The Associated Press as Spain prepared for a showdown with the United States in the Rio Olympics semifinals Friday. “Waking up in, who knows, Sacramento, in LA, in the middle of the night alone in a hotel and thinking, ‘Why am I here? Is it really worth it?'”
Storyline: Olympic Games
Rubio has always looked forward to playing for the Spanish national team. He started practicing with them at 16 and sees his teammates as a surrogate family that helped raise him from a child prodigy into a trusted veteran. But when Tona passed, Rubio thought long and hard about pulling out of Rio to be with his father and two siblings back in Spain. “At one point when everything happened, you think what’s the best?” Rubio said. “Stay with your family? Stay back home? Or sacrifice one more time everything for one goal, which is the gold medal, and dedicate it to her.”
Thibodeau has studied Rubio as an NBA player, and an Olympian. ‘‘I’ve watched him quite a bit,’’ Thibodeau said Thursday at the U.S. team practice. ‘‘I watched a lot of our games from last year and of course here. And from coaching against him I think I have a pretty good feel for all of the things he brings to a team. ‘‘He has the ability to make other people a lot better. He gets easy baskets for everybody. Very unselfish, plays for the team. We’re concerned, but I’m glad that he’s healthy. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday for a few minutes, and he seems to be doing well.
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Though Minnesota is largely expected to hold onto Rubio as its starting point guard for the beginning of 2016-17, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 said that Rubio might end up getting moved to another Western Conference team: the Sacramento Kings. Wolfson knows that Rubio will start the season as the Timberwolves’ starting point guard, but when Dunn elevates his play by midseason, Rubio could very well be shipped to lowly Kings of Northern California.
Storyline: Ricky Rubio Trade?