He sports a haircut that doesn’t belong to the growing boy band trends. He looks more like a hippie more than anything else. But Ricky Rubio gets all the cheers and praises from all ages. He was greeted like a rock star in Minneapolis Target center as throngs of fans shouting his name. From a dismal team standing (22-40) and to a series of misfortune injuries, the fans still flock on every Timberwolves game. He was never the offensive juggernaut or a speedster like Russell Westbrook. His gift – comes from his magnificent passes. The flicker of the wrist between a defender’s legs and the anticipation of where his teammates usually positioned is spectacular. It’s like watching Picasso doing his work of art.
When Rubio was still 17 years old, he watched a football game in Los Angeles. He wasn’t really looking at the score or the touchdowns. He was just keen on looking about all the details on what transpire before every play. That is how his mind works… four or five steps ahead anticipating every move and every play in the book. With Minnesota who average at about 66 losing games a season. Ricky provides the hope of a struggling franchise.
Rubio is hopeful that someday the Timberwolves will get back to the playoffs. He will never give up on a team that drafted him four years ago. When no one really thought he would thrive in the rugged and physical game in the NBA. When he struggled playing in FC Barcelona, the Timberwolves believes that Ricky would be their answered prayer.
Their last game with the San Antonio Spurs, Rubio got his first triple-double performance in a 107-83 victory. Everybody was on a festive mode…people giving high-fives, with “ohhs and ahhs” as Ricky put up a display. It was like a playoff game even though Minnesota is on their way to another draft lottery next season.
With his boyish look and a weird hairdo, Ricky Rubio still shines as the brightest star in Minnesota.
Losing season? It doesn’t matter…
Just sit back, relax and enjoy the Rubio show.
It just goes to show winning isn’t everything.