Blogtable: All Worked Up Over Ricky




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Are we in danger of hyperventilating over Ricky Rubio?

Steve Aschburner: Look, I was in the building for Rubio’s return game. There was a playoff type of buzz — or a facsimile of what Minnesota fans remember as a playoff buzz, since it’s been a while –  and Rubio seized the moment. He looked to be the same clever, charismatic playmaker as before his nasty knee injury, and he made the other Timberwolves better. Sure, he’s on a minutes leash early in this comeback. Sure, he’ll have ups and downs directly related to his layoff. And sure, there will be a learning curve as both he and Kevin Love blend back into what Rick Adelman‘s coaching. But Minnesota is far better off with Rubio than without him, and there’s nothing breathless about that.

Fran Blinebury: You’re a bit late with that question. The hype has been been in overdrive since the Timberwolves made Rubio the fifth pick in the 2009 draft.  Of course, the kid delivered last season and, yes, he’s worth all of the heavy breathing.

Jeff Caplan: Yes we are and for good reason. His debut against the Mavs was fabulous, complete with a no-look, behind-the-back (and through the legs?) pass into the lane for a layup. He instantly makes the Wolves a must-watch and will land them in the playoffs.

Scott Howard-Cooper: Not even close. His story is unique — European sensation at a young age, lottery pick, the wait to get him to the NBA, the wait to get him back to the NBA after the knee injury, a key role on a rising team –- and so it gets a lot of attention. But this is light years from Rubiosanity. This is far from the daily drama, for years, of the Lakers.

John Schuhmann: Rubio can certainly provide a nightly highlight or two and help the Wolves with their offense, which ranks 20th through Tuesday. And if they can climb a couple of notches on that end, they can be a dangerous team, because they’ve been excellent defensively. But I think expectations should be tempered. According to one athletic trainer I’ve spoken to, a torn ACL is a two-year injury. So we can’t really expect Rubio to be at 100 percent until early 2014.

Sekou Smith: Yes. And we have been since he was about 15. But that’s what the sports world does with phenoms. Rubio has otherworldly talents that a knee injury won’t diminish. His vision and ability to facilitate for those around him makes him more than just an intriguing prospect. It gives him the ability to lift a team, when healthy and fully matured, in ways that only a select few players can. I’m not suggesting to you that his presence alone makes the Timberwolves a contender or anything like that, but for a team trying to take the step from the background into the light, he can be the difference. How’s that for hyperventilating?

11 Comments

  1. my opinion says:

    “Magic” Rubio anyone?

  2. Beast says:

    Rubio is next generation Nash

  3. Willy says:

    DHK, sorry to offend you. I am not suggesting it has anything to do with race. Lin gets bashed because Harden likes the ball, Rubio gets praised for bouncing the ball between the legs of someone who is 8 feet tall. Nobody mentioned the two free throws he missed recently in the closing minutes of an eventual OT win. Anyway, the article is about hyperventilation and yes I agree we are too early. Yes he is very good, could be great I hope so!

  4. Willy says:

    He reminds me of the Pistol Pete Maravich, for those who are too young to remember YOUTUBE him! Even looks like him a little, not as good a shooter as the Pistol, or not as good as anything the Pistol did. So whats the hype? He is playing with the big boys now let him prove himself that he is WHITE (sort of) in the NBA! Sorry had to say that, but its true. Willy don’t lie! Has he scored 38 on the Lakers or the Spurs? If Lin was WHITE he would be a LEGEND already wouldn’t he!

    • DHK says:

      Lin has nothing on Rubio and it has nothing to do with race. It’s to do with skill. Watch highlights of both and then say which is better.
      Maravich is another story.

    • dattebayo says:

      In 2014-2015, Houston will pay Asik and Lin more than they pay Harden and 3 years from now, Houston will be glad that they don’t have to overpay that overhyped turnover machine from Harvard anymore. Lin is a one trick pony and he can’t read defenses, so he will always have trouble turning the ball over. He will reach his ceiling next season and the Rockets will still miss the playoffs for the 5th (?) straight time.

  5. Thomas says:

    “According to one athletic trainer I’ve spoken to, a torn ACL is a two-year injury. So we can’t really expect Rubio to be at 100 percent until early 2014.”

    Tell that to Adrian Peterson.

  6. Kamote says:

    The team only gets better with Rubio, Love or even Roy returning. But they have Adelman as coach, who has a history of getting the most out of his team (remember Houston w/o Ming and McGrady?). The hype I guess isn’t just with Rubio, but with this team’s potential. They’ve had great acquisitions in Kirilenko, Shved and Barea, and Pek is vastly improving. Rubio would just be the cherry on top LOL.

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