Monday , Oct , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant on Ricky Rubio: he’s NBA ready

Ricky Rubio has yet to make his NBA debut, but that may not mean he isn’t ready, at least according to Kobe Bryant. Bryant isn’t among Rubio’s critics. "This my third time playing against him, and he is definitely ready to play in the NBA," the Lakers’ star said. "The kid can play. I felt like in the Olympics he played very well and showed a lot of poise and he reads a lot of things that average players don’t."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can you say co-sign?

Kobe Bryant, the game’s greatest player, is confirming what we know. Euro Ricky Rubio is NBA ready.

Right now, the point guard could cross the Atlantic and run an NBA team. His game and star power would make him an instant sensation on-and-off court.

What’s the delay? Why is the Spaniard plying his trade with FC Barcelona?

Well, Rubio has no interest in suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the club that drafted him fifth overall in 2009.

Minnesota is cold, a small market, and has a permanent seat at the draft lottery in Secaucus, New Jersey.

So Rubio may be ready for the NBA. Unless the Wolves trade his rights, he’s staying in Europe.

 
-Oly Sandor.

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