For Minnesota Timberwolves fans, the excitement for the NBA debut of Spanish basketball star Ricky Rubio has been tempered by the extended lockout and reports of the 6’3″ point guard’s struggles in Europe after being selected #5 overall in the 2009 draft.
“Today it’s a sad day for ppl who love bball. I’d love to play in NBA. But the question is: this year? Who knows…,” Rubio tweeted on Monday night.
It’s unclear when basketball fans will see Rubio don a Timberwolves jersey, but Bay-area basketball fans will be able to see Rubio make his streetball/exhibition/all-star game debut when he plays in Drew Gooden’s Make-a-Wish charity game on November 20th in San Francisco.
“Ricky Rubio still doesn’t exist as far as I’m concerned lol,” tweeted @april_rose.
Rubio has been spending his time in California working out with renowned trainer Joe Abunassar and scrimmaging with NBA players in Los Angeles while waiting for the end of the lockout.
“The best thing I can do is come here, play with the guys who are playing in the NBA and be ready when the league starts,” he saidto the Star Tribune.
“The best thing I can do is see them play. In the end, it’s basketball, you know? But it’s different than Europe. I needed to come here so I can feel and I can see and I can watch how to play.”
Hip-hop artist Lil B will be a coach for the game and other NBA players scheduled to appear include: Amare Stoudemire, Eric Gordon, Dorell Wright, Anderson Varajao, Keith Bogans, Nick Collison, Joakim Noah, Leon Powe, Marquis Daniels, DeMar DeRozan, Al Harrington, Jason Terry, Jordan Hamilton, Arron Afflalo, DeShawn Stevenson and Shawn Marion.