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Rubio says he is still talking to Barcelona. Thinking lockout?

Jun 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

Spain's Ricky Rubio reacts during the Gr Getty Images

Last night, Barcelona won to become the Spanish League champions once again.

And in the post game celebration, Rubio was asked about his future. A future that is supposed to include the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. But he sounded more vague, according to the Associated press.

Rubio said “we are taking with Barcelona and we will soon see” after Barca beat Bilbao for the Spanish league title on Tuesday night.

Most likely, they are having NBA lockout discussions. If the start of the NBA season is delayed (or a season lost) due to the owners and players not being able to agree to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it would make sense for Rubio to return to Barca for another season.

Rubio’s shooting struggles in Spain this season cost him his starting job with Barcelona. Whatever continent he plays on next season, fixing that needs to be the priority.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    who cares, he’s going to get crossed by Brandon Jennings anyways –

    he’s gased up – all hype…

    • randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      i dont understand.

      he got drafted years ago to the T-Wolves , and he said he doesnt wanna play for them!!!!

      r u kidding me? – no heart.

      A true ball player will play anywhere & ball out, they should feel honored that a professional franchise thought so highly of them to draft them. A lot of GREAT NCAA U.S. players dont get that opportunity & get drafted. John Gilchrist, Scottie Reynolds, Jerome Dyson, Gerry McNamera, etc…

      A true ball player looks at that situation & says I dont care what happened in the past, I’m here now & its a new team and I am determined to win for this city & the team that WANTED me…

      instead he said he wanted to play for a HUGE MARKET TEAM- what r u dwight howard, how have u earned that right without playing a single game in the NBA…spoiled…

      I played the game of basketball for almost my entire life, I would give up limbs & body parts to be drafted & play for the T-Wolves…


      • gor76 - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        To be fair, Rubio is playing basketball professionally. It’s not like he’s sitting at home twiddling his thumbs because $21 million over 3 years isn’t enough to feed his kids.

      • lebronsinsecurity - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

        What in the world are you talking about?? He has never himself said he wants to play for a big market team, besides he technically already is. Almost everything you said is wrong.. If I were in his shoes with the uncertainty of the labor situation, I would hedge my bets as well..

      • connaniii - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:48 PM

        Totally agree with you, he just doesn´t feel it, but then again who cares, who is Ricky Rubio anyways, what has he donde? where has he played? as far as I´m concerned he´s just some overrated dude from Spain who someone made the unforgivable mistake of comparing to Pistol Pete Maravich. He´s way to slow and fragile to slash his way through NBA tough defenses the way he does in Europe, and he can´t shoot worth a damn so what can kind of a prospect are we talking about here. Take my advice Ricky, please stay in Spain, you´ll spare us all from watching you getting totally destroyed by the bigger, faster and simply better athletes of our league!!!

  2. dohpey28 - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I wouldn’t want to leave beautiful Barcelona and all those Spanish women for a winters in Minnesota either.

    He is in a great situation where he is, why would he trade it in for a lesser one?
    He plays for a ‘professional franchise’ already, and a winning franchise at that.

    Get over yourself calling him gutless with no heart. He isn’t spoiled, he is in a position of leverage. Deal with it. If a player is good enough, he gets a chance, talent always wins out. Don’t cry for all the US college players, if they don’t get the chance it just means they weren’t good enough.

  3. lunasceiling - Jun 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Um…he IS playing for a large-market (well…a lot larger than Minnesota) franchise, and a winning one, at that. Gutless? Clue up.

  4. Justin - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    To be fair he doesn’t say anything about staying or going. Just saying he needs to talk to Barcelona.

  5. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    yeah well i played college ball (D3) so maybe I’m looking at it from a different perspective…

    I’m lookin at it like a punk kid who dont wanna play for Minney…




    • dohpey28 - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      Ahhhh yes because the USA doesn’t grow any punk kids.

      • randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        well i just dont like the fact that a team extended their hand and gave him an opportunity & he rebuffed.

        And yes his father has expressed how Rubio would prefer to play for a bigger market team…

        that isnt whack to you?

        for all the blood sweat and tears of basketball. For any team to extend their hand and draft you, and you to rebuff for WHATEVER reason is wrong.

        Its disrespectful to to the game of b-ball

    • lebronsinsecurity - Jun 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Now you’re just getting delusional..

      • randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM


        next time March Madness comes around – watch FIBA instead.

        “he plays for a professional franchise already”
        I promise you his team would not beat any NBA team – EVER.



        Ya’ll love that Spain Ball so much, just watch their game, Barcelona big market?

        Yeah I guess, but theres a reason a German man like Dirk Nowitzki has traveled to the United States to play against the best competition in the world.

        Its not about leverage, money, marketing, beautiful girls— HA R U SERIOUS? – shallow.

        ITS ABOUT BEING THE BEST, and to be the best you have to ball with the best – hence why the best in the world play in the NBA.

        some of us have that drive to be #1, and we dont make our b-ball decisions on WEATHER & GIRLS…

        where are ur priorities? definitely not with basketball… lemme think – no I dont wanna play in Minney because there no hot girls and its always cold… really? …REALLY?

  6. mistercharitystripe34 - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Looks like he’s afraid of the impending lockout and a likely different rookie wage scale.

  7. philtration - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    The type of game that Rubio plays requires you to be quicker than he is and his game is not going to work in the NBA.
    Too slow on offense, too slow on defense.

    That is not a very good combination to have.

    • connaniii - Jun 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Voilla, finally somebody said it like it is. Athletically the kid is the closet thing to a paraplegic; mind you with all due respect to those who suffer from any kind of dissability or physical discapacity. The kid simply hasn´t got it, and besides he´s a bricklayer as far as shooting the basketball goes!!!

  8. randysavage4ever - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    To ev1 I offended in this post I apologize…I shouldnt bring so much negativity/hate/anger into PBT planet… I apologize to Rubio & his family…I know better then to label another human being who I have never met…

    I get carried away easily… I stand by my sticking points but I could have expressed my views in a much classier manner… and more constructively

    I guess a lot of it is like the rest of us… I would give up limbs to play for any NBA team or any relevant basketball team at all in the world, it just seemed to me that it was wrong to rebuff and not play for the team that drafted you. AT THE SAME TIME he is his own man and can make whatever decision he wants, even if he wants the DECISION PART 2, I respect that any man can make his own decision…

    Will Rubio be good? – shoot I dunno, maybe hes a beast maybe hes a bust, thats not for me to comment on anymore nor pay attention to. The world has bigger issues then a Spain PG who doesnt know if hes gonna play in the NBA…

    I dunno why throughout the day I was combating rebuttals via phone & comp… I need to take a step back… my bad ya’ll

  9. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Some of you are some of the dumbest people I have never seen type.

    1. Rubio has NEVER said he doesn’t want to come to Minnesota.

    2. THIS article NEVER once said he isn’t coming. For all we know, Rubio wants to meet with them to discuss the buyout.

    3. Minnesota has all kinds of sponsorship deals waiting for him when he comes to ease the cost of the buy out.

    4. Yes, it’s cold as hell here some days. It not like we live in igloos and have snow 12 months of the year, just 6-7 tops.

    5. Minnesota isn’t small market. Minneapolis/St. Paul is a top 16 market in the US. Top 15 in the NBA because Seattle doesn’t have a team. That is mid market. It is bigger than Denver, San Antonio, Orlando and Cleveland.

    6. Minnesota does support the Wolves when they put a decent product on the floor. They sold out just about every game from 1997-2004 when somebody named Kevin Garnett played here. I’m sorry Al Jefferson just wasn’t a big draw, and it’s not like he is in Utah either.

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