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Ricky Rubio’s parents turn down meeting with Timberwolves

Oct 1, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for rubio_spain.jpgThe Minnesota Timberwolves are in Europe, too. Think of them like the first opening act at a huge stadium concert, the band that comes on before the Knicks and then the Lakers take the stage. The band you kind of hear while you are still tailgating in the parking lot.

But the Timberwolves have a huge European connection, too. No, not Darko.

The Timberwolves have the rights to Ricky Rubio.

Rubio chose not to sign with the Timberwolves, instead inking a deal with Barcelona to stay in Europe for now. However, next season Rubio could come stateside. And while there Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor wants to make that happen and…. well, we’ll let Alan Hahn at Newsday explain.

Reports out of Minnesota say Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is trying to get Ricky Rubio’s parents to meet him in Paris, where the Wolves play the Knicks on Wednesday, for dinner so they can discuss their son’s plans for the NBA. Apparently, The Rubios aren’t interested in having dinner with Taylor and the T-Wolves.

Rubio could come to the NBA next season, but with the looming labor situation and a lockout possible (if not likely) don’t be shocked if Rubio decides to stay in Europe another year or two. Also, if he stays there long enough he would not have to come to the NBA under the rookie salary scale (something Tiago Splitter avoided).

But when he does come to the NBA, you can bet he’d rather do it in New York than Minnesota. I wonder if Rubio’s parents would meet with Mike D’Antoni and the Knicks?

  1. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Memo to Timberwolves: Ricky does not want to play for you. He
    said as much before you drated him. Get a clue! Maybe you can
    trade him to New Jersey or someplace while he is still overhyped.

  2. Jake - Oct 1, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    There is no factual basis for this article at all.
    1)Rubio’s parents have not refused to meet with Taylor. They have meet with Kahn and Rambis already this summer.
    2)Rubio said a month a go that Minnesota is a great place to live.
    3)Rubio also said this summer that he plans to come to the NBA next year and right now that means Minnesota.
    4)Rubio did not refuse to come to Minnesota. Last year he refused to pay his teams buyout, out of his own pocket that would have cost him his entire first years NBA salary and half of his second years salary.
    5) Rubio’s rights are owned by Minnesota forever (unless Rubio sits out of organized basketball for an entire year and re-enters the draft). T-Wolves GM Kahn has said he would not trade Rubio except for a ridiculous deal. The Knicks have no players the T-Wolves want. Rubio will never be a Knick.

  3. Hmm - Oct 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Don’t comment on stuff you have no idea about.. You and the writer of this article show your lack of knowledge of the situation. Why would anyone want to play in Jersey anyway, as crazy as it sounds, the Timberwolves actually have a better team, and I’m not even a fan of them.

  4. smugert jahr - Oct 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    New York is pathetic…… enjoy Eddie Curry.

  5. wrr - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    show me the quote.
    thats what i thought

  6. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    ‘Only minutes after he was selected by the Timberwolves with the No. 5 choice in the draft, there was Rubio, threatening not to play in Minnesota because most winter nights in Minneapolis are considerably colder than his dog’s nose.’
    “It’s too cold,” he said, a day after announcing that his mother also thinks the city is too cold. “I have to think about that … I’m going to talk with my agent about that and we are going to see.”
    Later, he told a Spanish newspaper, “I wouldn’t rule out at all returning to Spain.”
    His agent has already said he wants Rubio in a larger market.
    You and Hmm are the ones who don’t know what you are taking about.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  7. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Who Does Ricky Rubio Think He Is? — FanHouseJun 26, 2009 … Word is, the Rubio camp wants Ricky to play in a larger
    Google the above words smart guy. And until Rubio dons a Timberwolves uniform we are right. This season will be his third since being drafted by Kahn and he is still not playing for the T-Wolves. You need to get a clue also.

  8. G Money - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Wrong again McDaddy. This will only be the second year not playing with the Twolves. The plan all along, once he did not get drafted in the top 3.

  9. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    The point is that Rubio and his agent have both expressed a desire
    to play in a larger market and not to play for Minnesota. They
    are both quoted as saying words to that effect. What is wrong with
    trading him for another lottery pick? Someone who wants to play
    in Minnesota? Minnesota runs a triangle offense right? They don’t
    need Rubio with that kind of offense do they?

  10. Hmm - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    “Minnesota runs a triangle offense right?”
    Wrong! Minnesota runs certain aspects of the triangle, but not the full triangle. Ask the coach, he’ll tell you the same. And referencing an article from June of 2009 shows your a little behind the curve. I got a clue, I actually pay attention. There is a reason why everyone is replying to your silly comments, because they’re silly.

  11. Sal - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    McDaddy, you need to take a chill pill. Especially on your comment that Rubio is overhyped. Really? did you not see the World Championships? You should find out that the USA players complimented Rubio’s play. So please don’t say that Rubio is overhyped. The truth is he’s very talented at such a young age. Also he plays the game how it should be played. I think he will eventually come to his senses and Minnesota will be thrill to have such a talented player.

  12. DigitalFlame - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    ‘Rubio dismissed the notion that he did not want to play for Minnesota, one of the league’s smaller markets.
    “Everyone is talking like Minneapolis is not a good city to live, but I think that it’s a great city to live,” he said. “O.K., the weather is not so good. But there’s a lot of things to do there, a lot of sports to watch and centers to go. I think it’s a great city.”’
    Your comments might have more weight if you use quotes from after Rubio met with the T-Wolves. The above quote was from the 28th of August this year. And the Timberwolves do not run a ‘Triangle Offense’, they have more of a flow offence with aspects of the triangle in it. They were the third fastest team in the league last year and have gotten much more athletic this season, if Rubio doesn’t fit into that kind of offense, then I don’t know who does.

  13. joppo - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    mcdaddy, you stupid boy

  14. Strizzle - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Figured I might as well jump in here as a biased Timberwolves fan and try to force my opinion upon others to no avail. No matter how many articles you read on this site about it the Timberwolves running the triangle offense that is in fact incorrect. He runs something he called a flow offense that predicates ball movement to catch the defense over reacting and to get in the break quickly to create easy transition buckets. While I have heard stories about Rubio and his agent being hesitant about him playing in Minnesota I also have read plenty of quotes with Rubio saying that if he plays it will be for Minnesota. This really is a non story because I see no sources saying that no dinner will take place and as a previous poster pointed out that they have met for dinner before with no issues.

  15. Mcdaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    I know he is a really good player, but he still has not played
    one NBA game yet. There has been a lot of media discussion about
    this guy and to me – that is hype. I do hope he is as good as
    advertised and ends up playing for the T-Wolves. Personally,
    I love that city. Those fans deserve a good team. I am chill.
    It’s the other idiots (not you) on this forum that have their panties in a knot over Ricky.

  16. Strizzle - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I will agree with Mcdaddy that he gets the most air time for a non NBA player than I have ever seen. Any chance he will get a ESPN special when he announces if he is taking his talents from Europe to the 10,000 lakes?

  17. Crow - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    That’s the equivilant of someone from New York going to Detroit for dinner. It’s not really the insult this article makes it out to be, we have no idea why the dinner is not taking place. I remember reading somewhere that his parents weren’t sure about moving to the states because of their younger children, so this is more likely to be the reason they were unable to go, not them shafting their sons potential future team.

  18. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    He may have changed his mind then. He may be just playing the
    PR game too. Not trying to look like a brat that he did when
    he made his original comments. I hope he ends up playing for
    Minnesota and kicks ass for them. If he does, then GM Khan looks
    like a genious and Minnesota has a good team again.

  19. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Thank you Strizzle! You might have saved me from a crazed
    lynch mob! Man, you Minnesota fans are sure protective of
    a guy who has not even played one game for your team yet!
    I would rather argue with the Laker fans! They are not nearly
    as hostile and I say much worse to them. Go Celtics!

  20. Strizzle - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    No problem McDaddy. Although that “Go Celtics!” at the end might bring that lynch mob back. Realize that Minnesota has a history of not only losing proud franchises but also franchise players at the peak of their career to larger markets. Not an easy pill to swallow.
    Northstars to Dallas, Lakers to LA, Vikings could be next to LA.
    Garnett to Celtics, Moss to Raiders, Gaborik in Free Agency. Much much more.

  21. McDaddy - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I see why some are a little sensitve then. The Vikings leaving
    would be a tragedy – hope that never happens. The T-Wolves are
    just a couple of players and a couple of years from being a force
    again. Minnesota is a great place! Many blond beautiful women up
    there! Best of luck.

  22. Latters - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Mr and Mrs Rubio are not under obligation to fly to Paris to have a dinner with the Twolves owner. That’s not the way you approach people in Europe. The Twolves owner does not own Ricky’s parents, nor he is the employer of Ricky’s parents. If the man is willing to talk with the Rubio parents he himself should take time and fly to Spain, if the Rubio parents have confirmed acceptance to speak with him. To a European it is of no value to know that the distance measures to Detroit or wherever else. There are certain aspects abt European culture, especially Mediterranean culture, that some dumb Americans could never understand.

  23. Latters - Oct 1, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    We have not seen anything impressive achieved by Ricky Rubio in the World Champpionship. Milos Teodosic, PG of the Serbian team, has seemed clearly better than Rubio, good enough to play in NBA right away. Teodosic is 23. Can Rubio improve that much until he is 23, time would show.

  24. Len - Oct 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    It was confirmed by Coach Rambis this year that the Wolves do not run the triangle offense.

  25. JW in Phoenix - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I live in Phoenix. About this time of the year we start to see a lot of “snowbirds” show up from places like Minnesota. They hurry to the desert before they get snowed in. Explain to me why anyone besides a hockey player would want to spend their winters in Minnesota. Summers maybe, but winters? I doubt that Rubio will ever set foot in Minnesota except when his team has to go there to play. Plus, his endorsement possiblilities in Minnesota are as dismal as the weather.

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