La Pistola

Benjamin Polk —  August 29, 2010 — 6 Comments

Yvonne Chu

Ricky Rubio is getting famous. How famous? For one: Zach Harper just posted a lengthy post about the kid on this very blog. For two: the paper of record just compared him to Justin Bieber. Here’s Pete Thamel on young Rubio:

In this year’s EuroLeague semifinal against CSKA Moscow, the former Duke star Trajan Langdon said, one play summed up Rubio’s understanding of the game. Rubio called a set play that put him in a precarious position underneath the hoop. But he lobbed the ball over the backboard to a teammate for an easy lay-in.

“He knew exactly where to be and how to read the defense,” Langdon said. “He does his little tricks, but that’s not what impresses me with him. What impresses me is that he doesn’t get rattled.

“His ability to run a team and understand the game at his age is phenomenal.”

And if Trajan Langdon says it, it must be true.

Oh and another thing:

As people recognized him in a hotel lobby, Rubio obliged every autograph and picture request for a simple reason. “When you see their smile and their eyes shining, you feel good,” he said.

Never stop that sweet poetry, Ricky Rubio.


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6 responses to La Pistola

  1. Not to rain down on your parade but Rubio is all flash and not much substance, more like a young Jason Williams than Pete Maravich.

  2. ^^ Fail comment.

    Clearly you don’t watch any games, because if you did you’d notice how he takes things over and commands the offense. He completely changes all facets of the game when he’s playing.

  3. ^^I’m with you CW, Archie double fail

    Watch that USA-Spain game. I was astounded seeing him play that well and Jason Williams had potentially and just really didn’t use all of his talents until he was washed up, sometimes that the player you are but hopefully Rubio won’t turn out like that! He does need to learn how to finish though, it will complement his domination of an offense vision and plan.

    My homie Ricky Rubieber!

  4. When was the last time one of Rubio’s teams didn’t compete for a championship on whatever level they were playing? When was the last time one of Jason Williams’ teams was competing for a championship, and he wasn’t tenth man off the bench?

    People on the national level would be calling the Rubio pick genius if it had been San Antonio instead of Minnesota (they stashed him away overseas to let him develop without having to fit the bill, then bring him over when he’s ready). A lot of people are so full of bloodlust for Kahn that they’re blinding themselves to Rubio’s talent.

    Real basketball players, and especially real point guards, know that the only stat that matters to a PG is the W-L. I’m looking forward to seeing Ricky in a Wolves jersey.

    “I’m Ricky Rubio, I am no like anyone else.” -RR

  5. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall anyone ever comparing him to Pistol Pete. And for the record, Jason Williams wasn’t a bad player… he just got way too wrapped up in the whole “second coming of Showtime” in Sacramento, and couldn’t break himself back out of that mold.

  6. Rubio seems to have some uncanny abilities that probably can’t be taught. He does seem to take command of games at times. But like any young player he is inconsistent, sometimes even erratic. That is his challenge over the next couple of years: to develop a more consistent and confident shot, and control the game more consistently. If he can play at the higher level that he seems capable of for 38 minutes a game, watch out!

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