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08:15 AM ET 12.27 | For too long, Ricky Rubio had merely been a legend. Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks saw [Rubio] with his own two eyes about an hour before tipoff Monday night. Until that moment, he only had heard about the Timberwolves rookie point guard. "I saw him for the first time and it was like, 'He is real,'" Brooks said, smiling. "Like a folk hero." The Rubio hype finally gave way to Rubio reality in the Wolves season opener at Target Center, and the 21-year-old Spaniard made quite a first impression. ... More than anything, Rubio looked like he belonged. He looked comfortable on the court. He looked ready for this new challenge. The Wolves played hard and gave their fans reason to believe that better days lie ahead.

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December 27, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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Rubio looked good last night

He's always looked good on the offensive end. He can sure make broadway plays. He's a natural passer no doubt but he is yet to develop the mental stamina to guide a disciplined offense. On defense Jamaal Crawford is better. Wolves will suffer another loosing season if he continues to start and play heavy minutes... he's not ready yet and may never be ready...

December 27, 2011  09:57 AM ET

Mental stamina...? Are you serious? Quick, name me 5 PG's that actually play good 1-on-1 defense...Never mind, there aren't many... Start Rubio.
Move one of the forwards and Ridnour for a legitimately "2" and the Wolves are in business.

December 27, 2011  10:00 AM ET

Lostwill, you act like teams play defense in the regular season.

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December 27, 2011  10:28 AM ET

Lostwill, before you comment about any player, try watching the game he played in. Your ignorance of how Rubio performed last night is glaring. The Timberwolves offense flowed best with him on the floor. Go troll elsewhere, please.

December 27, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's always looked good on the offensive end. He can sure make broadway plays. He's a natural passer no doubt but he is yet to develop the mental stamina to guide a disciplined offense. On defense Jamaal Crawford is better. Wolves will suffer another loosing season if he continues to start and play heavy minutes... he's not ready yet and may never be ready...

That's why they got blown out last night.

December 27, 2011  11:26 AM ET

He's a much better passer than John Wall - I'll definitely give him that!

December 27, 2011  11:34 AM ET

Just Do Your Best, Bro.

December 27, 2011  11:51 AM ET
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That's why they got blown out last night.

They didn't get blown out last night. They lost by 4. It was a good game.

December 27, 2011  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's always looked good on the offensive end. He can sure make broadway plays. He's a natural passer no doubt but he is yet to develop the mental stamina to guide a disciplined offense. On defense Jamaal Crawford is better. Wolves will suffer another loosing season if he continues to start and play heavy minutes... he's not ready yet and may never be ready...

Did you watch the game last night? Rubio didn't start and he played about 25 minutes. Not even close to heavy minutes at all. Also, Rubio is great playing the passing lanes on defense. That alone makes him a million times better on defense than Jamal Crawford.

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December 27, 2011  12:02 PM ET
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Until his rookie contract is up and the major market teams come a calling. That's the problem with the old and new CBA. It doesn't address the fact that the small and mid market teams are nothing more than farm teams for the big boys. The small/mid market teams are getting shafted. They take the risks with the young players, develop them, and then the big boys come in and take the best ones.

Ditto. Minnesota, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Charlotte, etc. Just high paid apprenticeships for these guys. If they don't pan out, they stay. Obvious exception is Durant with OKC, but that is not the norm.

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December 27, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's always looked good on the offensive end. He can sure make broadway plays. He's a natural passer no doubt but he is yet to develop the mental stamina to guide a disciplined offense. On defense Jamaal Crawford is better. Wolves will suffer another loosing season if he continues to start and play heavy minutes... he's not ready yet and may never be ready...

Everyt time you post it makes me want to kick a puppy

December 27, 2011  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's always looked good on the offensive end. He can sure make broadway plays. He's a natural passer no doubt but he is yet to develop the mental stamina to guide a disciplined offense. On defense Jamaal Crawford is better. Wolves will suffer another loosing season if he continues to start and play heavy minutes... he's not ready yet and may never be ready...

I thought Rubio paced himself defensively in this game. In the past he has shown the capability to harass opposing point guards to the core. He's no world peace but has the potential to average at least 2 steals per game. that's defense.

December 27, 2011  01:41 PM ET

Sometimes I don't get people saying that players switch after there rookie contract ....
Lebron stuck with Cavs for like 7 years? Howard Dito? Rose resigns etc......
Why superstars leave is the fact that management failed to get talent next to them on the right time. Lakers got talent just in time to keep Kobe or else he would have played with another team ages ago.

December 27, 2011  02:30 PM ET

Nobody's perfect, this guy is a good player and should do well!!

December 27, 2011  02:55 PM ET
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You know he isn't on the knicksa.....you don't have to hate him

I think you missed the sarcasm. The previous post said the Wolves couldn't compete because of Rubio's (poor) defense.

From the highlights, I thought he looked great.

If he was with the Knicks, they would now be hailing him as the 2nd coming of Magic.

 
December 27, 2011  03:09 PM ET

How about JJ Barea bringing in 14 points and teaching the ropes to Rubio.

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