Found January 25, 2012 on Sports Central:
After a grueling offseason for the NBA's rookie class, the 2011-2012 class has showed an incredible amount of toughness and promise. Ricky Rubio has been putting a mizzle on the haters so far. SC's Gary Flick looks at the other contenders for ROY.

Rubio's skills don't make for easy comparisons

Theres a viral YouTube video starring a talking shell that poses a surprisingly philosophical question. In an almost indignant tone because yes, miniature exoskeletons can be indignant the shell, Marcel, asks his audience: People say my head is too big for my body, and I say, Compared to what? Its a valid question. Now consider the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio has become Minnesotas...

Ricky Rubio starts to get grudging respect

ATLANTA When Minnesota played Milwaukee in its second game of the season, Kevin Love had 30 and 20 and the Wolves lost a close game 98-95. Interestingly, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings didnt create a national stir with his performance. Jennings, the flashy and candid point guard had 24 points and seven assists, clearly outplaying Minnesota rookie Ricky Rubio. The Spanish import had...

Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio looking stylish in GQ spread

Ricky Rubio is answering the questions on the court. Which means a lot more people want to ask him questions. He is an in-demand media request but he handles it — like he handles pressure on the court — with the calm demeanor of a veteran. Probably has something to do with him having played…

Oh Ricky, You So Fine!

Oh Mickey, you're so fine you're so fine you blow my mind,hey Mickey (huff huff), hey Mickey (huff huff)Sure, he’s gotten plenty of ‘hype’ for his cover model look, but don’t hate on Ricky Rubio people … the boy’s actually got some game – even if it’s a bit different from the me-first, shoot-first point guard play we’ve become accustomed to in recent years...

Jonny Flynn Blames Ricky Rubio Hype for Struggles in Minnesota

When Ricky Rubio was nothing more than a figment of most Timberwolves fans’ imagination upheld by grainy YouTube clips, Minnesota and Jonny Flynn had to endure one another for two seasons. Flynn says he let the Rubio hype get to his head. Reports the Pioneer Press: “Flynn, drafted No. 6 overall by the Timberwolves in 2009, was traded to the Rockets in June during the 2011 draft...

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League sources confirmed various reports out of Minnesota that the Timberwolves and Love's agent, Jeff Schwartz, are at an impasse on a fifth season for Love, who entered play Tuesday fifth in the league in scoring (24.9 per game) and second in rebounding (13.9), and who made his first All-Star Game appearance last season. The Wolves are offering Love a four-year deal worth ...

First Cup: Thursday

Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press: Even though Kevin Love would have been a restricted free agent and not likely to leave next season, the Wolves had to send a message to Love, his teammates and fans that they were committed to keeping him as a core member of the team. The message would have been even stronger if the Wolves had given Love the fifth year he wanted instead of an...
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