Tuesday , May , 12 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Rudy Fernandez Not Sure Ricky Rubio Is Ready for NBA

"He’s a very good player, but I don’t know if he is prepared to play in the NBA," said Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Rudy Fernandez.  "I think he’s a good player, but this is a big jump for him."

Fernandez, 24, has been there before, even being five years older than Rubio. He knows the transition can be rough. No one said it’s going to be easy. The two spoke before Rubio declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft and are making plans to speak "face to face" now that Fernandez is back home in Spain.

"Then I can explain everything. He’s excited to play in the NBA for sure, because for everybody it is a dream to play in the best league in the world," Fernandez continued.

Living the dream – that’s all Rubio wants.