Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love continues to apply pressure to his teams front-office, as he wants more help on the court. But he is pleased with some of the offseason player departures from the team, guys that Love considered “bad blood”.
Per the Pioneer Press: “In a telephone interview from England, where the U.S. men’s basketball team is preparing for the Olympics, Love doubled down on comments he made about his waning patience with the Timberwolves. Love, who is entering his fifth NBA season and the first year of a four-year, $62 million contract extension.
“If we get everybody back healthy, with Ricky (Rubio) back healthy, if (Brandon) Roy comes in healthy, and if we can get off to a good start, we’re going to be good. But we really have to add as many as pieces as we possibly can, veteran guys,” he said. “There was some bad blood in that locker room we were able to get out of there and smooth things out. That should help us out going forward.”
Asked to elaborate, Love responded: ‘Just what I said. We had bad blood in the locker room. We got that out.’ Forwards Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, guard Martell Webster and center Darko Milicic were the most notable players Minnesota jettisoned this offseason.
Hey everyone is entitled to their opinion but there comes a time when objectivity and looking at a situation should be the wiser then just flat out freedom to say whatever you want.
That’s what we have here when ESPN asked panel of NBA experts to select NBA Rookie of the Year. ESPN Deportes Alfredo Berrios chose to be the lone wolf in not voting for Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving. That’s fine. But who did Berrios choose?
None other than injured Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, who played a total of 41 games out of the 66 games season.
Back on April 20, we posted the picture of Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love cutting the beard off and leaving just a mustache.
After some teammate ribbing Love shaved off the nut duster and when clean shaven to look like a teenage boy band member.
Teammate Ricky Rubio was quick to make a very politically incorrect tweet: “Ok, he doesn’t look like a mexican anymore but I think he looks even worst.”
Minnesota Timberwolves lost guard and Spain sensation Ricky Rubio for the season when he collided knees with Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant causing him to tear an ACL. The league knowing how good of a player he is took to Twitter to wish for a speedy recovery and best wishes in rehab.
Everyone from Dwyane Wade, Stephen Curry, Pau Gasol, Kevin Love sent out wishes and now Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl decided to meet with reporters donning an FC Barcelona jersey to show his support for Rubio.
The injury also hinders any serious chance Rubio to play for Spain in the 2012 London Olympics.
Go ahead and listen to Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver, Wes Johnson, Michael Beasley, Martell Webster and Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves karaoke NYSNC’s ‘Tearing Up My Heart’, it just might make your ears bleed.
Beasley is perhaps the best.
On Sunday after the Minnesota Timberwolves loss to the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101, Spain teammates Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio were in the hallways chatting it up. That is till Kobe Bryant passed by and stir up some London Olympic trash talk.
“You talking about London?,” Bryant asked Gasol and Rubio outside the locker rooms of the Target Center.
“Oh yeah,” Gasol said.
“You’re gonna be there?” Rubio asked Bryant.
Kobe said yes, which Rubio responded: “You know you’re getting the silver medal. You know that.”
“Shit. I’m taking bets! … If I win I get the keys to Barcelona.” Kobe said.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has quickly given TWolves fans reason to get sprung after waiting a year for he to come from Spain to the NBA. Rubio added 14 more assists to his season total in a 93-72 victory over the Washington Wizards but none was more impressive than this half court alley-oop pass to fellow rookie Derrick Williams.
Rubio is 21. Williams is 20. If Minnesota can keep them together there will be alot more of this in the future. Timberwolves fans should be excited.
By the looks of it there isn’t much to do in Minnesota since hundreds of fans and press showed up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to witness Spanish wunderkind Ricky Rubio arrival for their Minnesota Timberwolves.
Don’t these people know the Minnesota Twins have recently gone 14-3?
Ricky Rubio has confirmed he will be making his long awaited move to the NBA and join the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. The 20 year old Spanish guard ended two years of speculation Friday, saying “I have finally decided to start the journey” to the NBA.
“It is my dream and I want to fulfill it,” he said. “After thinking about it a lot, the time has arrived.”
The Timberwolves chose Rubio with the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA draft but his buyout clause at Barcelona was $6 million and under NBA rules a team can only $500,000 made him stay in Spain until it came down to a more manageable $1.4 million.
Since his debut in the Spanish league when he was 14, Rubio has won numerous titles and also helped Spain reach the 2008 Olympic final, a loss to the United States. In his last two seasons in Spain, Rubio averaged 5.9 points, 4.4 assists and 1.85 steals in 21.6 minutes.
Rubio will wear No. 9 for the Timberwolves, and the team unveiled a special season ticket package Friday to promote his arrival. Fans will be able to buy a pair of season tickets for next season for $9 a game. The Timberwolves also have the second pick in next week’s draft.
To the true NBA junkie Ramon Sessions is already a household name because he has game to the casual fan they probably don’t know he even plays in the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves do and proceeded to move forward with their plans for next year after Ricky Rubio showed them the curb. The Timberwolves signed restricted free agent point guard Ramon Sessions of the Milwaukee Bucks to an offer sheet. The Bucks have seven days to match the offer. Sessions averaged 12.4 points per game and 5.7 assists for the Bucks last season.
The kid can play.