This column is written as an apology to Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn for what I thought, wrote and said on the radio that it was a terrible decision to draft Ricky Rubio. And to Rubio, too, for being wrong about his ability to play in the NBA. And there's more reason to apologize after Sunday night to Mr. Rubio, after the man from Spain sparked the Wolves to a 19-6 run that almost overtook the Lakers in a 106-101 loss. As I followed Rubio's career in Spain from afar and listened to some of my friends who I regarded as knowing something about basketball, I had reasons for my theory. Check Rubio's statistics with Barcelona last year. The Wolves' 2009 first-round draft choice averaged 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 42 games. In addition, Rubio shot only 32 percent from the field and 25.9 percent from three-point range, scored a high of 15 points and handed out at least five assists on 15 occasions.
Seeing is believing: Rubio can truly play
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 30