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Ricky Rubio caught Spurs/Thunder from luggage carousel

May 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Rubio at airport

Timberwolves guard of the future Ricky Rubio didn’t want to miss Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. No matter what. That photo you see to the right was tweeted by Minnesota’s Rubio Sunday night.

 I don’t miss the #NBAPlayoffs even if I have to pick up my bro @marcrubiovives and @ainonacohi at the airport.

As Kelly Dwyer pointed out at Ball Don’t Lie, the important thing here is Rubio is keeping that surgically-repaired knee elevated. Minnesota needs him back next year if they are going to take the next step to playoff team.

Rubio was second in the Rookie of the Year voting despite missing the last third of the NBA season when his ACL gave out. He’s an entertaining and special player (and a better defender than people think), we want him back next season.

  1. 140chrviolation - May 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Ricky is more then just a better defender then people think (pretty non-specific description). Ricky is a very good defender. He is quick, has excellent anticipation, uses his length well, and knows how to position himself. These are all key elements to defense and once the kid fills out a bit more and puts on his man strength, he will be an excellent defender. Here is to wishing his knee a speedy recovery so NBA fans can go back to watching Rubio play.

    • thestudiokida - May 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Agreed. I knew he was serious about defense when I saw him block a potentially game winning lay up by Chauncey Billups. He stays in front of his guy, puts pressure on their dribble with all his pick pocket steals and challenges every shot. I’m excited about the Timberwolves with Rubio.

      • Justin - May 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        Agree with all the things you said. Also, another thing that makes him a great defender is his understanding of the game. He plays great team defense and is so great clogging up passing lanes. Whenever people judge a “great defender” they just look at speed, athletic ability, and 1 on 1 defense but there is more to it than just that.

  2. jebdamone - May 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    rubio is about what everyone expected him to be on the offensive end and so a lot of people thought that he would not be a sure thing in the NBA. his defense really is what makes ricky a great nba prospect. the same vision that he has on offense is just as apparent if you watch him on defense. his anticipation, length and intelligence really make him as valuable on the defensive end as the offensive. the twolves really sucked on defense after he went down.

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