Ricky Rubio was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft but he waited two years before officially deciding to play in the NBA. There was speculation that Rubio didn’t want to play in Minnesota, that he was upset they drafted two more point guards in the same draft, and that he needed more experience in Europe before coming to the States. The patience by Minnesota’s organization paid off; Rubio announced last week he had reached a deal to play in the NBA. The flashy point guard finally arrived in Minnesota Monday and received the reception of a rock star. Check the pictures courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves twitter page (video below):
So Minnesota now has a superstar. With Kevin Love last season and Rubio deciding to play for the team next year, the T-Wolves should no longer be a doormat. Calling them a playoff team seems like a stretch, but there is little doubt they should be vastly improved. And you better believe Minnesota is stoked about the news — they already have a special Ricky Rubio ticket package available to fans.
Chest bump to Myles Brown who’s all over Rubio’s arrival
UPDATE - Video of Ricky Rubio’s arrival in Minnesota below courtesy of Tom Pelissero: