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Lockout makes Ricky Rubio hesitant to come to NBA

May 24, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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This is just plain obvious. Which is why it seemed ludicrous when GM David Kahn and the rest of the Minnesota brass were trying to sell the “Ricky Rubio will be with us next season” crap a month back and more.

Rubio wants to know what is up with the NBA lockout before committing to coming to the NBA. Because he is sane. The lockout will not even start until July 1.

And as Wolves owner Glen Taylor said to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota would like to know what Rubio plans to do before the June 23 draft.

“That is the question,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Monday. “He’s asking how that (lockout) might affect him, if we don’t play or if we will play. And our answer is, ‘We won’t know the answer to that question. You’re going to have to make your decision before that.’

“We (NBA owners) are negotiating with the players right now. We’re hopeful we’ll play. But I don’t want to guarantee him that because there’s no way that I know that.”

Why would Rubio commit to come over into this NBA uncertainty? Plus (at least under the current system) if he stays another year when he comes to the NBA he is out from under the rookie contract and can sign for more money.

Him coming over now just makes no sense. But the Wolves hold out hope.

  1. king7key - May 24, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Its a good thing he is delaying his debut in NBA. The timberwolves will get what they got out him last year. NOTHING!!!! He will be abused by the fast, athletic and strong PGs in NBA.

  2. Justin - May 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    I just want him to come over and play that way we can see if he is good or not and then move on if he isn’t. I hate being teased by optimism that he could make our team slightly better. I heard they were shopping him around with that 2nd overall pick though. That is just rumors right now. (I wrote about him yesterday in my blog click my name or google Minnesporta)

  3. jd - May 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    He should be banned from the NBA after holding out for so long.

  4. fordman84 - May 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Does anyone still care about this kid? He is going to be a failure of epic proportions. There is a reason he doesn’t want to come here, he knows he isn’t good enough. As long as he holds out, the world will still think he is a great PG. The NBA will show the disparity between us and the rest of the world once again.

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