Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/6/12
MINNEAPOLIS I don't remember the first time I spoke with Ricky Rubio, but it was likely on New Year's Day after the Timberwolves' improbable win over the Mavericks, and I was probably too busy reveling in the fact that all these nice new people who I was about to work alongside seemed to be crediting me for the win. (It was my first day of work.) So no, I don't have any idea what he said that night, or even if I talked to him. My story did contain the sentence "Rookie point guard Ricky Rubio led the reserves with 14 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter," so at least I acknowledged his existence. At the time, Rubio was an unproven sensation, his broken English a barrier and his presence seemingly everywhere. We could talk to Ricky whenever, watch Ricky do all the very Ricky things he did and become the player that the entire NBA wanted to watch, to talk to, to learn everything they could possibly learn about. And so we took Ricky Rubio for granted. We knew we could ta...
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