MINNEAPOLIS — From dance team members waving pompoms to signs reading “We Love You Ricky!” and a full-page ad in the local newspaper, the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out all the stops to make Ricky Rubio feel welcome on the day of his long anticipated arrival from Spain.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When David Kahn drafted Ricky Rubio in 2009, he called the Spanish teenager “a virtuoso” and told Minnesota season-ticket holders that he would “be our starting point guard here the moment he walks through our front door.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After saying all summer long that his preference was to play in the NBA, Ricky Rubio apparently got a case of cold feet at the last minute.
Less than 48 hours after the Timberwolves, Rubio’s agents and the Spanish team DKV Joventut agreed in principle on a deal to bring the 18-year-old point guard to Minnesota, Rubio changed his mind.
He told Timberwolves president David Kahn on Monday night that he wanted to stay in Spain for the next two years to better prepare for life in the NBA — a blow to a team that was hoping to have the popular passer on the court this fall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Matt Delzell takes a look at Ricky Rubio through his sports marketer’s glasses, all he sees are dollar signs.
“He’s young. He’s Spanish. He’s a good-looking kid,” said Delzell, a director for Los Angeles-based Davie Brown Talent, one of the largest talent buyers in the United States. “There is a lot of hype and buzz that is already around him.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves cannot do much financially to help Ricky Rubio with a multimillion-dollar buyout of his contract with DKV Joventut in Spain.
So team president David Kahn is heading across the Atlantic to meet with the team personally in hopes of lowering the $6.6 million price tag that has threatened to keep the wunderkind point guard in Europe for at least next season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four days after Ricky Rubio was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, it appears that the teenage Spanish sensation has become the most wanted man in the NBA.
Executives across the league are flooding Timberwolves president David Kahn’s office with calls offering trades to bring Rubio’s slick passing skills and moptop hairstyle to their cities. In the Twin Cities, fans can’t wait to see the highlight factory zipping behind-the-back feeds to Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.
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