The AP reports:
Ricky Rubio is promising NBA fans they’ll get to see his razzle-dazzle, but not before the 2011-12 season — and not necessarily with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the highly rated prospect said he won’t leave Spanish club Barcelona before his NBA opt-out clause comes up after next season. The Timberwolves remain his team of choice, as long as they make improvements following a season where they finished 15-67, the second-worst record in the league.
If not, the Spaniard may want to make his NBA debut elsewhere.
“I’m open to everything,” Rubio said courtside from Barcelona’s Palau Blaugrana stadium. “You never know when all of this finishes if it will be with this team.”
Although Rubio expects improvements from the team that took him with the fifth choice in last year’s draft, he was ready to stand by a club that has called him the only “untouchable” player on its roster — even if he’s not even on that yet.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports:
“You’re asking me if LeBron is going to New York?” Kobe Bryant told The Post. “I’m trying to tell you in a polite way, I don’t give a [bleep]. “As a fan, it’s a big deal,” Kobe added. “You’re talking about LeBron and Dwyane Wade, it’s two huge names changing cities. It alters things drastically in the NBA. But I really don’t care about it.”
Byron Scott, now an ESPN broadcaster, was standing with Bryant and cracked up. “Why are people talking about LeBron anyway?” Scott said. “Let me tell you something. From me just knowing Kobe, he doesn’t give a [bleep] what everyone is talking about anyway.” “I couldn’t have said it better,” Bryant piped in…
During his formal interview session yesterday, Bryant said of the King James’ cloud over the Finals: “I don’t care about attention. It doesn’t mean anything to me.” Fact is, Bryant, despite a sore knee drained in April, despite a healing broken finger, is playing at the highest level he’s ever played. Historically speaking, Bryant is nearing Jordan’s plane of greatness. James is nowhere in that discussion, even if he has two MVPs to Bryant’s one.