Even in a superfluous all-star game, Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio regretted defeat Friday night, although he did find consolation in one detail from his Team Shaq's 146-133 loss to Team Chuck in All-Star weekend's Rising Stars Challenge. "At least one Timberwolves player win," he said. Rookie teammate Derrick Williams went home the winner to prepare for Saturday night's slam-dunk contest after Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving -- Rubio's formidable competition for Rookie of the Year -- made 12 of 13 shots, including all eight three-pointers he attempted, and scored 34 points in a performance that won game MVP. Meanwhile, Rubio -- the only player coach Steve Kerr requested that General Manager Shaquille O'Neal draft a week ago -- entertained most of the night with his unusual array of no-look and behind-the-back passes and that around-the-waist dribble drive he likes so much. He also dribbled the ball on a full run through Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins' legs and then lobbed a pass to Clippers dunk machine Blake Griffin. "I just apologized," Rubio said afterward, "but it is what it is: In a game like that, you can do things like that."
Rubio dishes, dazzles but team Shaq loses
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 25