Timberwolves point guard and adorable Spanish cherub Ricky Rubio was supposed to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a “significant” ankle sprain. Yet the Associated Press is reporting he “also damaged some muscles and ligaments that lead from his ankle to his toes,” and now the timetable for his return is more obfuscated than previously thought. Read More »
/ Dec 16, 2014 / 2:45 pm
The Minnesota Timberwolves are going nowhere this season, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Crucial for the team’s long-term prognosis is the daily development of youngsters Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, and Gorgui Dieng. And while a spate of injuries to regular starters has afforded that quartet valuable responsibility the past month, it’s still pertinent that Wiggins and company grow while playing a reasonable facsimile of the roles they’ll realize in the future. To that end, the influence of Ricky Rubio’s potentially accelerated return can’t be discounted. Read More »
When Ricky Rubio crashed to the floor in agony after turning his left ankle during his team’s loss to the Orlando Magic last night, it was easy to assume the worst. The Minnesota Timberwolves maestro couldn’t walk off the floor on his own power, and replays showed a significant twist that made broken bones seem a legitimate possibility. Fortunately for Rubio and his team, though, tests confirmed merely a “significant” sprain that will leave him sidelined indefinitely. Read More »
The Timberwolves got a great road win in Brooklyn last night. Anthony Bennett even re-introduced himself to Mason Plumlee. When Nikola Pekovic spoke with the media after the game, he said the team will do their best to forget the win and move on to the next battle. Ricky Rubio very overtly disagrees. Read More »
You get an extension, Alec Burks! And you get an extension, Klay Thompson! And you get an extension, Ricky Rubio! According to Jon Krawczynsi of the Associated Press, the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed on a four-year, $56 million contract extension with their 24 year-old starting point guard. Read More »
/ Oct 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm
Glenn Robinson III, Andrew Wiggins (photo. Ricky Rubio Instagram)
Now this is the type of rookie hazing we can definitely get behind. After the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Indiana Pacers last night, the team’s rookies beautifully serenaded Ricky Rubio in celebration of his 24th birthday. Read More »
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 »
/ Oct 10, 2014 / 8:30 pm
Andrew Wiggins (photo. NBA YouTube)
This is the first of many alley-oops from Ricky Rubio to Andrew Wiggins that will take place at Target Center over the next few years. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
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 »
/ Sep 30, 2014 / 2:30 am
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 »