HoopsHype Ricky Rubio rumors

March 21, 2014 Updates

Rubio has struggled to score around the basket all season, but he attacked aggressively from the beginning of Wednesday’s 123-122 overtime victory over the Mavericks. Included in his repertoire was that a seldom-seen running floater used to counter approaching shot blockers. “He definitely has to develop that shot,” Adelman said. “He has to learn how to get shots off when he gets into that area because when their big guys are there, he has to get over them. [San Antonio point guard] Tony Parker developed that shot and it makes him so difficult to guard. We’ve worked on that with him, but it’s got to come in the games. It’s got to translate into the games.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 27, 2014 Updates

Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves Western conference scout: "Part of why he's overrated is the 'Rubio Thing.' If he was Ricky Rubio from Wichita State, there'd be no conversation about him. But since he came over with so much hype, he gets scrutinized more than he otherwise would. If you watch Minnesota closely, you'll see that he doesn't even finish games. It's one of the biggest contentions within that organization -- the fact that Rubio doesn't finish the games. It drives management crazy because he's their guy. He's supposed to be their future. They tried like crazy to trade (backup) J.J. Barea at the trade deadline, and that's one of the reasons why, because Barea's been finishing games. "I like the way he passes and runs a team, but his lack of shooting ability is really an issue. If you've got four capable scorers on the floor, you can kind of get away with him, but if not, Rubio gets exposed. Guys back off of Rubio. He shot an airball 3-pointer the other night, missing it by three feet. It landed in the paint. He's good in transition and he can make plays in the open court, but in the playoffs, when the game gets slower and compressed, you don't have to guard that guy and he becomes a liability." ESPN.com

February 6, 2014 Updates

The number assigned to EPVA (EPV Added) amounts to the number of "points added" by a particular player in relation to an average player, as defined by what they do every time they touch the ball. Chris Paul has the best number, at 3.48. That means by being Chris Paul instead of an average player, he adds 3.48 points per game. There were 327 players last season who had the requisite number of "qualifying possessions" to be charted. The player with the worst EPVA of those 327 was Ricky Rubio, at minus-3.33. The player with the second-worst EPVA was Kevin Love, at minus-2.38. (The top 10 and bottom 10 are located in one of the "tables" in that link. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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“They have some things working against them. Ricky Rubio’s shooting is becoming more and more of an issue; if you can just keep him out of the paint he’s not a factor at all. They could really use a shot blocker, too, and they always seem to have their fair share of injuries. But when you hear a stat like that [Minnesota is 0-11 in games decided by four points or fewer], what it says to me that they stop trusting each other in close games or they get down on each other quickly. ESPN.com

January 17, 2014 Updates

Rubio is on pace to become the worst shooter in the modern history of the NBA. In a league that has had thousands of players since its inception – including shooting phenoms such as Rajon Rondo, Nikoloz Tskitishvili (look him up) and many two-hand heave pre-jump shot shooters – how could Rubio be the worst ever? Simple, almost every aspect of his shot is flawed. Anytime the label of “worst ever” is attached to a player’s name, it is not to be taken lightly. And if becoming the “worst ever” wasn’t bad enough, Rubio is also on pace to have one of the worst individual shooting seasons ever as well. Rubio currently ranks 385th in field-goal percentage with a points per possession of 1.07, a lower output than PG Brian Roberts of New Orleans. Who? Exactly my point. HoopsHype

A glaring stat that reflects Rubio’s lack of confidence in his own shot is his clutch statistics (fourth quarter or overtime stats). Rubio is shooting 22.2 percent and his Timberwolves are -12.9 points per 48 minutes with him on the floor in clutch situations. HoopsHype

January 9, 2014 Updates

Guard Ricky Rubio said he didn't know exactly who Love was talking about, but his concern was obvious. "Somebody is maybe frustrated because he didn't have the minutes he wanted or he wasn't in the game in the late situation," Rubio said. "If something happened, no matter if it's Coach's decision or whatever, you have to be with the team. I didn't see that, but if (Love) says that he saw something. We would have to talk, because that's even worse than losing the game. Not having the team together, that's terrible. We have to be a team." 1500 ESPN

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In their first head-to-head matchup of the season, Love pounced on a road-weary Aldridge and grabbed Round 1. Love had 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to outshine Aldridge in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 120-109 victory over Portland on Wednesday night. "Awesome," Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio said. "There's no words to describe. He's doing a great job leading this team in scoring, rebounding, even assisting. He's taking my job." ESPN.com

December 5, 2013 Updates

Journalists from San Antonio apparently found out that the game was postponed via Twitter. There was allegedly no announcement from any NBA spokesman or arena announcers that the game was off. Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Evening News reported that the smoke could have contained traces of cynide and arsenic. He was unable to get confirmation on that though. The players were just as baffled as to what was going on with Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio among others, completely clueless. "They just told us to leave," said the Spanish international in his native language. TalkBasket

December 1, 2013 Updates

Now Rubio is back, all the way back. The doubts and fears certainly still creep into his thoughts now and then, but the magical point guard has figured out how to at least make the emotional scars disappear. “It’s a big injury and you always think about it even if you don’t want to. I think I have to forget it already and just feel confident out there playing hard, going and running 100 percent. So I feel good,” Rubio said after scoring 12 points with seven assists in a desperately needed road win. NBA.com

Coach Rick Adelman continues to preach patience, a quality that can unfairly be in short supply when Rubio’s young career is not looked through the proper lens of his early misfortune. “He’s still playing as hard as he did before [the injury], he competes all the time, so I think that’s passed,” Adelman said of Rubio playing through mental barriers of the recovery process as he did for most of last season. “It’s just he needs experience. He’s a young player. He’s only played, combine both years, maybe one season — and half of that he was hurt. So he’s just very young.” NBA.com

November 27, 2013 Updates
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Rubio played seven minutes in the first quarter after picking up two quick fouls and another 15 seconds in the second quarter after he got his third foul. “I think it affect me in a bad way,” said Rubio, who finished with just 10 points and two assists. “It can’t happen again. It got me frustrated, but it’s something I have to get through. It [playing time] is coach’s decision. I think J.J. was doing a great job. It’s something I have to accept. I have to improve, and I have to be better next time.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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