Apologies to Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Corey Brewer and anyone else who planned to get a serving of easy buckets in Minnesota, but with each passing day it’s looking more and more like Ricky Rubio won’t be suiting up for your squad. (Forgive Jonny Flynn and Sebastian Telfair if they’re not as upset about it.) Rubio skipping the Wolves’ rookie introduction press conference was the first bad omen, and this weekend was flooded with talk of the Knicks putting on the full-court press to get Minnesota to give up Rubio since he’s not exactly eager to play there. And yesterday, more reports surfaced that Rubio is getting offers from other pro teams in Turkey and Spain. So between Minnesota, New York or the Euroleague, where do you think Rubio plays his next pro game? … Of course K-Love offered his take via Twitter: “How do I say, Ricky please come to Minnesota to play PG for us PLEASE? And has anyone ever told you that you sound like the Lucky Charms guy?” … Other NBA tweets yesterday included Mike Beasley telling the world he was Wii shopping at Target (rookie contract), and Charlie Villanueva writing, “BET awards about to start in a few, decided not to attend and go to the gym.” Which begs the question: Who invited Charlie Villanueva to the BET Awards? … Ben Wallace went from All-Star to irrelevant so fast, he’s like one of those MLB players who lies about his age coming into the league. Are we sure Ben isn’t actually 41 years old? In no time he’s become the new Raef LaFrentz, a.k.a. the most attractive expiring contract in the NBA. The Suns had no interest in Ben Wallace the player when they got him in the Shaq trade, and now it’s being rumored that Wallace’s contract will be used in a trade with New Orleans for Tyson Chandler … We love Brandon Jennings, but somebody needs to get him some media training. He popped up in the news again when he appeared on Joe Budden‘s online show dropping mad N-bombs and F-bombs, calling Luke Ridnour his backup (probably true, but still), saying Chris Duhon “ain’t gonna get it done,” and saying the Knicks are “always going to be weak” since they didn’t draft him. Just get some games under your belt before you walk into the League with a bulls-eye on your back … Ray Felton may in fact be the most slept-on free agent of the summer, but it sounds like Michael Jordan isn’t letting him go anywhere. “I don’t see any situation where he’s not with us,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. “I anticipate us keeping Raymond Felton, without a doubt.” And keep in mind that Larry Brown did everything he could to let D.J. Augustin steal Felton’s job last season, but Felton fought off the rookie and obviously impressed the ‘Cats decision-makers … Also from last week, the New York Daily News made a list of the biggest NBA draft busts, topped by Frederic Weiss. Nothing wrong with the pick, but here’s the exact entry that ran with the article: “Did the Knicks not watch the Olympics? After being memorably jumped over by Team USA’s Vince Carter in the 2000 Sydney games, Weiss goes on to be selected 15th by the Knicks in 1999. He fares no better in the NBA and quickly disappears from the league.” Go back and read that again … More undrafted guys finding summer jobs: Tyrese Rice will play for the Wizards summer team, Curtis Jerrells got with Dallas, and Jeff Adrien gets his tryout with the Grizzlies … E-mail from Aron: “Just sat down and ate lunch next to Kevin Pritchard and his son at the airport in Spokane, Washington.” He forgot to mention the part where he re-enacted “The Chris Farley Show” with KP … We’re out like Fred Weiss …
Smack / Jun 29, 2009 / 12:29 am
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