Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 12/28/11
Ricky Rubio’s NBA career is off to an encouraging (at times, dazzling) start, which bodes well for his bank account going forward. From the Pioneer Press: “The buzz (about Rubio) is definitely picking up,’ [Agent Jarinn Akana] understated after the game, a 104-100 loss to Oklahoma City. ‘Eventually, deals that we were looking at probably will start coming in.’ Already, Rubio’s impact is clear. ‘His jersey was the hottest seller we had tonight,’ Timberwolves director of retail Jim Bastyr said after the game. Rubio, who will make $3.48 million as a rookie, is worth marketing. He is flashy, charismatic, charming and humble. Akana isn’t as flashy as Rubio. He is business-smart, poised and practical. Playing in Spain, Rubio had endorsement deals with Gillette razors and McDonald’s restaurants. He doesn’t have those now that he’s in Minnesota. ‘See,’ Rubio said before Monday’s game, pointing to his jet-black beard. Interpretation: No more razor commercials. Akana accompanied Rubio to
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