HoopsHype Ricky Rubio rumors

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Q: Can Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio lead the Wolves to the playoffs? George Karl: They’re one of the more interesting teams this year. I love how Coach Adelman gets his team to play as a team. Their offensive efficiency will be good. I know that because that’s what he’s done everywhere he has been. The question to me is defense. Will the defense get to the point where they can win games? I don’t think they’re going to become the Chicago Bulls, but they have to have more of a defensive dimension and attitude so when they’re not making shots, they go out and get dirty and tough-minded and win a game by making stops … I think they can make the playoffs at 45, 50 wins. I think they’re talented enough to do that. But it is going to be an incredible fight for those last couple of spots in the Western Conference. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Their friendship is being forged on the court, in the locker room and across restaurant tables rather than each other’s homes because Love calls himself a “recluse” and “homebody” who prefers to take a nap, read a book or watch a movie rather than socialize, even though veteran J.J. Barea says Love is making a noticeable effort to become a “better teammate” this season by being more vocal and engaged. “Not each other’s places, because nobody cooks,” Rubio said, smiling. “That would be hard, so we go out for dinner and spend some time with each other.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The rest: Rubio and Barea combined to shoot 2-for-17. Add Shved’s 0-for-4 night and the three made two of 21 shots. “Awful, our guards went 3-for-whatever it was,” Adelman said, adding training-camp invitee Othyus Jeffers’ 1-for-1 night. “They’ve got to come in and they’ve got to make plays. It’s not just the guards. The shooting problems carry right to the same thing: What’s your mental attitude? How are you approaching the game? Are you really doing this thing all out or are you going through the motions? “I know it’s the exhibition season, but we’re trying to get better and we really can’t get better if we don’t go out with better effort than we’ve shown.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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What was the best move by Minnesota this summer? Ricky Rubio: There's been a lot of good moves, but (Nikola) Pekovic was a very important piece for us. (Chase) Budinger is a key player for us. Kevin Martin will give us extra scoring punch. He's been with coach (Rick Adelman) for several seasons scoring 20-plus points, which means his system works for him. What about Corey Brewer? RR: I like that one too. (Andrei) Kirilenko was taking this team to another level defensively and with him leaving, it's good to have Corey Brewer, who can also give us that. HoopsHype

It's playoffs or bust? Ricky Rubio: Too early to say if the playoffs are the goal. Let's see how things go in training camp and how the new pieces fit in. Then we'll see how things evolve during the season, it's too early to talk about playoffs. But the nucleus of the team is very promising, right? RR: It is. We really want to make it and we will be ambitious, but let's go step by step and let's not set a big goal right now. Is life good for you off the court in Minneapolis? RR: I feel at ease there. People is very kind and very welcoming on and off the court. It's a quiet city and I feel very well there. HoopsHype

Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed last weekend Adelman is going to be with the team this season too. I guess that's good news for you, right? RR: I'm very happy. I can only say good things about him. He has proved throughout his career that he's a coach that gives confidence to the players and has a system that I personally like very much. It's very entertaining. Coach is demanding, but at the same time empowers you and gives you freedom to make decisions. He's not the yelling type, he uses other ways to teach things and commands a respect that he really has earned. He was dealing with family issues last season. Did you see differences between Adelman in your first year in Minnesota and the second one? RR: Well, it's personal issues and that's always going to affect you. But he's been a professional all along and has been around the team all the time he could. You have to be thankful for the effort he was making at times to be with the team. HoopsHype

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