TAG: Ricky Rubio
We know what you’re thinking: What team wouldn’t struggle without its starting point guard on the floor during preseason play? And while there’s certainly merit to that assessment, it belies specific context that’s so important to the present and future of not just the impact of Ricky Rubio, but his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, too. Read More »
To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
The Minnesota Timberwolves opened training camp for the 2014-2015 season in style, hosting a midnight madness-style practice at Minnesota State University. Admitted free of charge, hordes of excited fans packed the rafters of Bresnan Arena to welcome the new-look ‘Wolves, highlighted by Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, and rookie high-fliers Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. Read More »
Maybe it’s the soundtrack — A Tribe Called Quest‘s kinetic masterpiece, “What’s the Scenario,” with the first time Busta Rhymes got some shine after his rapid-fire verse — but the “Momentus” trailer for NBA 2K15 is our favorite so far. Featuring seemingly every player you want to see next season, but also some of their signature moves, this gameplay-heavy release from 2K Sports is just the thing to cure any autumnal doldrums. Read More »
Kevin Love made it clear earlier this summer he would not re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves next summer when he had the option to opt out. It put the team in a position where they needed to trade him, which eventually ended up in a pretty good deal for them. Ricky Rubio revealed over the weekend he did not have a conversation with Love about his future. Read More »
For Americans not following the FIBA World Cup closely, it’s easy to believe that Team USA is the tournament’s only juggernaut. The United States is one of two teams teams that went undefeated in group play, beating its opponents on average by a whopping 33.2 points. Team USA leads the field in points (102.2), rebounds (42.0), assists (23.0), and steals (15.6) per game while shooting a tourney-best 54 percent from the floor. After so much consternation due to the surprising absence of superstars like Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, it’s hard to say the U.S. has missed a beat. But Team USA still might not be World Cup favorites; host nation and United States rival Spain has been just as if not more impressive than the Americans so far. Read More »
Spain is the biggest obstacle standing in the way of the USA team repeating as World Champions. Remember, this USA Basketball team is the youngest since they went on a 57-game (and counting) winning streak in exhibitions and official international games dating back to the 2006 World’s — where they finished third. Spain’s got a lot going for them, but these five GIFs do a good job explaining why their on-court product should have Coach K and his assistants weary at the prospect of facing them, most likely in the single-elimination round, or the Finals. Read More »