Found January 02, 2012 on Ball Don't Lie:
Try as he might to stay frosty, even as grizzled and glacial a veteran as Jason Kidd will crack and melt when Ricky Rubio cranks up TEH CUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE. (The darnedest thing is, this is only Cutebio at like a 4. If he goes full "Spinal Tap," he resolves all family dysfunction in a three-county radius and makes all dwelling places smell faintly of fresh baked bread.) Best caption wins pictures of animals being friends, because 2012 is all about filling your heart to burstin'. Good luck (not bawling your face off at the cuteness). In our last adventure: No one has ever been more stunned than Carlos Boozer is right now. Winner, Marky Mark: "Ref, you DON'T think the Zooey Deschanel + Joseph Gordon Levitt New Year's song video is adorable???" Runner-up, DICK SMOTHERS: "WHAT THE HELL IS A GIGAWATT??" Second runner-up, Al: Carlos re-enacts the moment when he walked in on Jerry Krause showering.

Ricky Rubio is Not Pete Maravich

In 2009 when the Timberwolves drafted the exciting 18 year old Spaniard, the comparisons began immediately to Pistol Pete. The young player was full of exciting “Professor” like dribbles and dimes from every angle. He also had a similar lanky frame topped by a floppy mop. Yet, the comparisons truly stop there! Now that Rubio is finally here Sportscenter and “experts” continue...

Spurs' Parker has been in Rubio's shoes

MINNEAPOLIS -- A strange kind of excitement has surrounded Ricky Rubio's arrival in the NBA. It's a contradictory kind of hype. He's a phenom, a key part of what could be a Timberwolves turnaround -- but he can't shoot and he may struggle with the transition. There's a flaw in that conversation that's become obvious in the rookie's first five games....

Video: Ricky Rubio's First Career Double-Double

The Minnesota Timberwolves damn near beat the Miami Heat last night.  Part of the reason why was continued impressive play by Ricky Rubio, who scored 12 points on 4-7 shooting (2-2 from 3) and dropped a game-high 12 dimes.   Here's video of Rubio setting early career highs, courtesy of Ball is Life. [follow]

Jerry Zgoda's Sunday Insider: Gold medal memories of Rubio

Miami's Big Three saw Ricky Rubio up close in the final of the 2008 Olympics; they liked what they saw then, too.

Ricky Rubio Won’t Be Starting for the Timberwolves Just Yet

Ricky Rubio has impressed just about everyone so far in this young season, but head coach Rick Adelman says the time for him to join the Wolves’ starting lineup isn’t now. Reports the Star Tribune: “When’s Ricky Rubio going to start games rather than just finish them? ‘I think that’s something that’s still down the line,’ Wolves coach Rick Adelman said before Sunday’s...

Rubio throws a pass between Nowitzki’s legs : Wade compares Rubio to Nash

Ricky Rubio will likely not score a ton of points on most nights, but he will likely wow you with this passing ability every night. When the Dallas Mavericks came to play the Minnesota Timberwolves Rubio put his passing skills on display. Rubio was driving the baseline when he saw teammate Anthony Tolliver wide open in the comer. Rubio throw a bounce pass to Tolliver...

Time for Mavericks to right the ship

At the very end of the Dallas Mavericks' 99-82 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, Timberwolves budding star Ricky Rubio controlled a loose ball, waited for the buzzer to sound and then underhand-heaved the ball toward the rafters. Maybe it was relief. Maybe it was celebration. Maybe, some will argue, as it breaks an 18-game streak of Dallas beating Minnesota, it signifies some sort...

Splitter opines Adelman key to Rubio’s success; Ginobili says “impressive”

Most observers are amazed at the early success of Spanish wunderkind Ricky Rubio in the NBA, but at least a couple San Antonio Spurs are claiming to have known this was destined all along. Tiago Splitter, whose Caja Laboral Baskonia met Rubio’s FC Barcelona many a time since the lad debuted in the ACB at age 14, is quoted over at Spanish-league Tu Basket that he was “amazed at...

The NBA Geeks of the Week, week 1

The following is a cross-post from one of Wages of Wins Network sites, The NBA Geek.  In it, Patrick Minton (@nbageek) picks the best win-producers of last week’s games, along with the best rookie. The original article appears here. Also, bear in mind that stats are in per-48 numbers rather than per-game numbers wherever that makes sense. The NBA has played a whole week of basketball...

11-for-11: BallinEurope’s Most 11 popular stories from 2011

So 2011 may have been few people’s favorite year personally, European basketball fans have certainly got to be taking solace in the fact that the past 12 months featured a seriously great run of Continental-flavored hoops. To wit, in 2011, we enjoyed: • an exciting round of Euroleague playoffs which included FC Barcelona’s surprising tournament-round exit and culminated in...
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