Fans have never watched him play and yet many, simple and plain, dislike the kid.
Because Ricky Rubio jilted the NBA.
He broke the rules and people are just not happy about it.
It’s a lot like the hottest girl at school getting stood up at the prom. Feet will be stomped and screams will be heard.
The NBA fan has had it good for so long that the Rubio Denial (trademark please) could only elicit one response from the people:
Ron Burgundy: ‘Don’t you know who I am?”
It’s the NBA Ricky. Nobody says no.
You just got asked out by a robo-babe. A super hot Baberaham Lincoln and you said no.
This is inconceivable for an American centred NBA fan, but if you take an international perspective, why would he go (young guy, already making millions of dollars, in the country of his birth)?
Eventually he will go, but his reception will be frosty. At least at first. And then he will play, and everything will change.
Because the talent that Ricky Rubio exhibits now, as a 19 year old, is unbelievable; and he is only going to get better.
In the world of media hype it is easy to wave that assertion away. So many players get blown up young, only to ultimately fail, so why take note of the boy from Spain?
Just watch him play. Go on. The internet makes it easy.
Go to ACB.com, figure out the Spanish and eventually you’ll find streams of full games. Click on Regal Barcelona, Ricky’s team, and enjoy the performance of a truly exciting and raw player who will eventually make a monumental impact on the NBA.
His most recent, an 87-65 victory over Bizkaia Bilbao, showed why Rubio deserves the attention of basketball fans around the world.
I challenge you. Watch him play and tell me you don’t love his game. If you love the game you will, guaranteed, love Ricky.
On one play he crossed his man, drove to his right, drawing the attention of the entire defense, before no-look passing over his head to his big man cutting from the left wing for the dunk.
Words do not do it justice.
The way that he sees the court and the resulting plays that he makes look so easy, he makes you go ‘ooooooooooooooooooooooooh’ like you would after really, really cool fireworks.
His offense earns so much praise, especially on fast break, that his D is entirely forgotten about. That is a huge injustice for a player who exhibits way above average hustle, desire and ability when defending.
His 6’5 body allows him to be physical with the smaller guys while his speed and quick feet make him a total pest. Rubio is a serial stealer. Over and over again. Steal. Fast Break. Awesome Pass. Points.
If you are an NBA fan, watch him play and then imagine how good he could be with super-athletic wing players running the break with him.
Hold that thought.
Now tell me you aren’t compelled to send an email to your team’s GM demanding he make a trade for Ricky Rubio, even if he wont be playing in America for at least a year and a half (his contract allows him to be bought out at the end of the 2011 season for a manageable $1.4 million).
He will eventually elect to make the pilgrimage to the NBA and when he does the jilt will be quickly forgotten.