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Ricky Rubio feels the Lakers are mistreating Pau Gasol

Ricky-Rubio-Pau-GasolAdd Ricky Rubio to the growing list of people who feel like the Los Angeles Lakers are not getting the most out of Pau Gasol this season. Since Mike D’Antoni took over in L.A. several weeks ago, there have been questions about whether or not Gasol is a fit in his offense. Rubio feels as though Gasol has given the team plenty and is not seeing any reciprocation.

“Pau Gasol has given the Lakers a lot and I don’t feel he’s getting enough in return, especially as far as confidence,” Rubio said earlier this according to HoopsHype. “But he’s a pro. If he goes to another team, I think he would make a contender out of that team. Wherever he goes, he’s going to be fighting for the title.”

After his first game back from injury on Tuesday, Gasol expressed disappointment in having to watch the final two minutes or so of his team’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats from the bench. There have been questions about the big man’s conditioning, as D’Antoni’s offense requires a lot more running than he may have been used to.

Therein lies the problem, according to critics like Magic Johnson. Magic recently said he feels that having Pau on the perimeter and not in the post is a waste for the Lakers, and many others have expressed a similar opinion. Regardless of what Steve Nash may have been promised, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gasol doesn’t make it through the entire season in L.A.

Chest bump to Hoops World

Ricky Rubio makes between-the-legs pass in return (Video)

ricky-rubioRicky Rubio returned to action for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday for the first time since tearing his ACL in March. Rubio was greeted with loud cheers upon entering the game late in the first quarter, and it didn’t take him long to start making some of the special plays he’s become known for.

Rubio had eight points, nine assists, and three steals in 18 minutes, including an impressive between-the-legs pass to Greg Stiemsma in the second quarter. The pass happens so fast, if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Rubio will probably be eased back by the Timberwolves, but his presence was highly anticipated. Kevin Love has vented about not reaching the playoffs in Minnesota. This could be the year he does.

Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio exchange trash talk over US vs Spain game

The US men’s basketball team beat Spain 100-78 in its final exhibition game before heading to London for the Olympics. The contest was a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game in Beijing won by the US, and Spain has made it clear it’s out for revenge.

Not only has Marc Gasol been critical of the current US squad, but Serge Ibaka has also said the Spanish team compares well to the US team. Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, who is recovering from a major knee injury, talked a little trash to his Minnesota Timberwolves teammate and Olympics opponent Kevin Love before the game:

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High school senior Georgetta Wuo asks Ricky Rubio to prom (Video)

It’s that time of year again, boys and girls: prom season. And taking a cue from other recent proposals directed to Tim Tebow and “Jerry” Lin, a Minneapolis-area high school senior has decided to aim high by asking Ricky Rubio through a YouTube video to be her prom date.

Champlin Park senior Georgetta Wuo, 18, posted her invitation to Rubio last Friday. Some of Rubio’s teammates on the Timberwolves have seen the video and think he should go.

“I don’t think he’s ever been to prom, so I think it’d be fun for him,” J.J. Barea said to WCCO-TV.

Rubio, of course, has plenty of free time on his hands now that he’s sidelined beyond the Olympics after tearing his ACL last month.

“Heck yeah, he should do it,” Anthony Tolliver said. “Why not? He’s not going to be doing anything!”

At least they wouldn’t have to worry about limo service with transportation already taken care of. Slow dances might be a little complicated, though.

Ricky Rubio has some fun on a scooter (Video)

Most NBA fans suffered heartbreak after Ricky Rubio tore his ACL last week, thus putting him on the shelf for the rest of the season as well as the Olympics this summer. But don’t feel bad for Ricky. If the above video is any indication, his recovery is going well. Just a chill day playing around on a scooter in a store’s gift wrap aisle while music by Kevin Love’s uncle plays. Everything about this video is brilliant.

And by the way, we’re totally down for Rubio being Spain’s flag bearer in the Olympics if this is the way he does it.

H/T The Basketball Jones

Ricky Rubio suffers knee injury defending Kobe Bryant (Video)

Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a knee injury in the final minute of his team’s loss to the Lakers Friday. Rubio was coming over to the wing to double team Kobe Bryant when his knee seemed to buckle on a jump stop. Kobe Bryant then ran into him, and it appeared as if Kobe’s left leg went into Rubio’s knee. It’s unclear whether Rubio’s knee was hurt when he landed awkwardly, or from Kobe colliding with him, but he went down in pain. We think he may have tweaked the knee on the landing and then the collision with Kobe compounded things.

Rubio is scheduled to undergo an MRI Saturday and the team has temporarily termed it a “left knee injury.” Yahoo! Sports says the T-Wolves fear Rubio may have torn his ACL, an injury that would end his season and require several months of rehab.

UPDATE: An MRI showed Rubio has a torn ACL, knocking him out for the season. Rehab generally takes 6-9 months.

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Timberwolves complaining to league that teams are too physcial with Ricky Rubio

Has Ricky Rubio been treated unfairly by the NBA and its officials? The Timberwolves believe he has. Rubio is having an extremely efficient season by rookie standards, averaging 10.6 points and 8.3 assists per game. But if you ask Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman, the point guard would be having a better year if opponents weren’t allowed to be so physical with him.

“All our young guys are learning that, Ricky especially,” Adelman said when asked about opposing defenses shutting down the Wolves offense, according to the Star Tribune. “They’re putting bigger guys on him. …They’re beating the hell out of him right now. The league has figured out you have to be physical with him. And he’s kind of learning on the fly.’’

Minnesota president of basketball operations David Kahn said the team has sent tape to the league in an attempt to call attention to what they believe is overly physical play against their rookie. If Rubio has been bothered by it, he is not tipping his hand.

“I mean, it’s close to end of the season, everybody wants to get a spot in the playoff and everybody start to play more physically,” Rubio said. “You know, it is what it is. We just have to play at the same level or even harder.”

As for whether or not the game is more aggressive in America, Rubio said it’s bound to be tougher since you’re going against the best players in the world. At this point in the season, I doubt the refs are going to start giving Rubio more calls. In Minnesota’s eyes, whining to the league can’t hurt.