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Ricky Rubio plans on watching Garnett closely: “I’m going to be with my notebook and see whatever he does,” Rubio said. “Whatever he say, we’ll listen and do it, he’s going to have a voice in the locker room and we’ll learn a lot from him. It’s great. Not just because he did great things here, he’s been one of the greatest ever in this sport. I’m happy to be his teammate. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Andy Greder: Ricky Rubio on Kevin Garnett's return to #Twolves: "He's going to bring a lot of toughness. ... It's going to be a lesson every day." Twitter @twolvesnow
A better rule is to count all players not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. That puts Spain, with 220 WAR, at the top. And the Gasols make up nearly three-quarters of their home country’s NBA success. The other top players from Spain include Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez, among others. Germany slides to fourth, behind the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, using this method. Why? Because Detlef Schrempf (and his 90 career WAR) is excluded from this analysis. Schrempf, German-born and raised, moved to the U.S. to finish high school. The Virgin Islands, being a territory, arguably doesn’t count as international, but it competes under its own flag so it’s broken out here. Tim Duncan is responsible for the bulk of the Virgin Islands’ WAR; Hakeem Olajuwon similarly for Nigeria. FiveThirtyEight
A 33.1 percent shooter from three-point range last season and a 32.3 percent shooter in his career, Rubio has improved to 41.2 percent from three in his 10 games this season. He is 6-for-13 from three-point range since returning this month. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said Rubio is still getting back into game speed after missing 43 games. “He’s playing better, he’s still in training camp,” Saunders said. “He’s still got to get his legs to where they need to be. He had some turnovers that were probably uncharacteristic-type turnovers [in the loss to Golden State on Wednesday]. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
But if tonight was any indication, it's going to be the Ricky we keep. Saunders was more than effusive about Rubio's work during rehab. Rubio was tireless on working out the glitches in his shot with Mike Penberthy (#NBABallot), and Flip thinks that, if anything, the injury was helpful for him in that regard. For the first time, he had....time. No game to be looking ahead to, no practice sets, no Spanish Team summer commitments. Just Ricky and the ball. Canis Hoopus
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