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Video: Rubio greeted by fans, media in Minnesota

Jun 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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Only two short years after he was drafted with the 5th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, point guard prospect Ricky Rubio actually physically arrived in Minnesota on Monday, and there was much rejoicing.

According to ESPN1500 Twin Cities, who the video comes courtesy of, Rubio was greeted by “about 200” fans and media members when he showed up at the airport with Timberwolves GM David Kahn. Watch the video to see Rubio navigate through crowds and sign some autographs, and David Kahn look very relieved that one of his top-5 picks is actually physically in the city his team plays in. People of Minnesota, the era of Rubio has begun.


  1. gerkman - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Rubio mania begins here in Minnesota, still very questionable if he can play or not, but at least a little excitement generated for this moribund franchise

  2. chargerdillon - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    He’ll fit right in well with the WNBA

    This guy was already intimidated the first time around, he’s got the same crap roster he had the last time he backed out, make no mistake about it, every guy he goes against is going to clown him for backing out like he already did. Imagine KG giving this kid the staredown. I give him half a season before he requests a move back to Europe.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      of course KG will give him a staredown, he’s not as big as KG.

      If you want someone intimidating you should have mentioned someone like Kobe or Dwight Howard

    • cordae - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:04 PM

      Intimidated? I dont think he was intimidated. He’s been a pro in the second best league in the world since 16. Not to mention he’s held his own in that league AND in the olympics against OUR stars. Ask Chris Paul how hard it is being guarded by him, you have no clue what you are talking about…

    • lebronsinsecurity - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      Crazy how someone can be so adamant about something even though every piece of information they produce is fabricated nonsense.. Do yourself a favor and stop talking basketball..

      “Imagine KG giving this kid the staredown.”

      He would laugh like every other player in the league does…

    • whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      I would be scared of KG staring me down…well my nuts would be since he is losing his talent he has to go to low blows…literally.

    • jizzojames - Jun 21, 2011 at 6:31 AM

      WOW!! Intimidated?! You obviously have no clue.. The guy has been a pro for years, and have played against some tougher oppenents then some of the weak, washed up, “don’t give a da*n” ones we have in the NBA!! I think that he should do well with Minnesota, teamed with Love and Beasly.. As for your comment… I wish I had four hands, to give your comment four thumbs down!!..

  3. florida727 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Funny video. T-Wolves mascot high-fives him as he gets on the transport. T-Wolves cheerleaders were there and never got near him. Sure looked like more than 200 people though, even though the video opens with a guy saying it looks like 1-to-1 media to fans. Class act that he signs autographs without running to get away at the same time. Good for him, nice welcome to his new city. Good luck T-Wolves fans. If his jump shot develops, you’ve got a perennial All-Star to build around with Kevin Love, because there’s certainly no questioning his ball handling, passing and basketball IQ. This kid will be fun to watch…

  4. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Rubio is garbage. I would take steph curry, mo williams, old nash, mario chalmers, endless guys over someone who averages ….

    2010-2011 STATS
    PPG: 6.5
    RPG: 3.2
    APG: 3.5
    SPG: 1.6
    2P%: 39.2%
    3P%: 22.4%
    FT%: 83.6%

    ……… in the euro-league? wow impressive. very. lol

    • dexterismyhero - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      he was injured part of the year…look up his career stats….dumb@ss

      • cordae - Jun 21, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        ^^^thank you!

        A 16 year old kid going against FULL GROWN MEN and coming out with some decent numbers is pretty impressive. I’d equate that issue (atleast the mental aspect of it) with a kid playing in the NFL at 19 and putting up pretty decent numbers. We have yet to see that. I’m sure now that he is in a more challenging league, his numbers may go up. He seems like a fast learner and a big student of the game.

  5. dirtybird2020 - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Ur a idiot, first off kg is soft as the words out ur mouth, they hold no weight!! Kg only picks on smaller pgs! Second off kg is now officially a bum, and this guy will be a rising star, gonna be a top 4 pg within a couple years year if not less, kg dont get big on big guys ask pachulli from atl! Idiots need to stop posting crap is kg even still alive???? Bums

  6. Justin - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Watching him arrive shows how overblown the media was about him coming to Minnesota.

    My favorite is when they would say he doesn’t want the cold weather but wants to go to NY. Pretty much the same temp in both places.

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