Ten years ago, the Rubio-Love duo brought smiles

December 2011. The NBA is coming out of a long and difficult lockout, and on the Minnesota side, the public has only eyes for a young Spaniard named Ricky Rubio.

Drafted two years ago, the Catalan has finally decided to cross the Atlantic and many are looking at him as the ideal leader to get the most out of Kevin Love. And the start of the season has given fans a boost as Ricky Rubio was voted best rookie of the month, while Kevin Love showed statistics worthy of the NBA’s best solid wingers. Everyone in Minnesota is starting to dream of a modern version of the Marbury-Garnett tandem.

On February 7, 2012, the night of the win against the Kings, the Wolves were still positive, and they were 9th in the Western Conference. Last year, they last died in the NBA with just 17 wins, and some are still dreaming of the playoffs this shortened season. Unfortunately, next month, in a fight with Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio will tear a ligament in his knee, and this promising duo has no future.

“There is a level of comfort with us because there are two players who can organize, control and calm down when needed”

Ten years later, Love and Rubio are back in the same jersey, in Cleveland. Now they are substitutes, and their complexity and their experience are part of the strengths of the Ohio bench. The young Cavs backed by this tandem remain on three straight wins, mostly against the Nuggets and the Clippers, and tonight they will challenge the Lakers.

“If you have these veterans from the bank, they just bring a ton of experience and knowledge” appreciated JB Bickerstaff. “I remember Ricky, who was a 14-15-year-old event, and played with adults. There was nothing to scare him. He had never seen him before. Kevin Love was on high. He was in the final many times. , he is the All-Star. There is a level of comfort with us because there are two players who can organize, control and calm down if necessary. »

More used than Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio played coaches Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, and was later thankful to have a veteran by his side. “I started taking a lot of things out of him. It was really fun. I had to go back and observe some of the things he did ball in hand. He kept everything in place. I learned when I was there. in the field with him. »

“Their willingness to sacrifice themselves and continue to participate, that’s leadership”

To you JB Bickerstaff, Kevin Love ” very intelligent and he can even put shots“. ” We know what else Kevin can do the Cleveland coach continued.

As a result, while we think Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love will pray while waiting for the transfer, they set the example and their coach is happy that both are sacrificing themselves for the good of the team and their young people. companion.

“Ricky Rubio is an NBA starter. There are no ifs or buts, that’s for sure. Kevin Love is an NBA starter, and is likely a future Hall Of Famer selected in the first round. These two are sacrificing themselves, and they have the will to get off the bench and just care about the team. As a result, no one can say anything about them, and there is no reason not to. Leadership can be different for everyone. But their willingness to sacrifice themselves and continue to participate, that is leadership. »

Bones Bounces
Players GM Minimum Bones 3 points LF Off Def In the early pd bp Int CT party Points
Darius Garland 68 35.7 46.2 38.3 89.2 0.6 2.7 3.3 8.6 3.6 1.3 0.1 1.7 21.7
Jarrett Allen 56 32.3 67.7 10.0 70.8 3.4 7.3 10.8 1.6 1.7 0.8 1.3 1.7 16.1
Collin Sexton 11 28.8 45.0 24.4 74.4 1.2 2.1 3.3 2.1 2.8 0.9 0.0 2.3 16.0
Evan Mobley 69 33.8 50.8 25.0 66.3 2.1 6.2 8.3 2.5 1.9 0.8 1.7 2.1 15.0
Lauri Markkanen 61 30.8 44.5 35.8 86.8 1.0 4.7 5.7 1.3 0.9 0.7 0.5 2.1 14.8
Kevin Love 74 22.5 43.0 39.2 83.8 1.2 6.1 7.2 2.2 1.3 0.4 0.2 1.4 13.6
Caris Levert 19 29.8 43.5 31.3 74.5 0.7 2.7 3.4 3.9 1.7 0.8 0.3 2.1 13.6
Ricky Rubio 34 28.5 36.3 33.9 85.4 0.4 3.7 4.1 6.6 2.6 1.4 0.2 2.2 13.1
Cedi Osman 66 22.1 43.2 35.7 66.4 0.4 1.8 2.2 2.0 1.0 0.8 0.2 1.9 10.7
isaac okoro 67 29.6 48.0 35.0 76.8 1.1 1.9 3.0 1.8 0.9 0.8 0.3 2.4 8.8
Malik Newman 1 7.7 60.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.0
Moses Brown 14 12.5 63.8 0.0 55.2 1.6 3.6 5.3 0.0 0.4 0.3 0.5 1.8 6.4
Rajon Rondo 21 19.5 42.9 39.7 75.0 0.2 2.6 2.8 4.9 1.6 0.9 0.0 1.5 6.2
lamar stevens 63 16.1 48.9 27.7 70.7 0.7 1.9 2.6 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.3 1.7 6.1
Dean Wade 51 19.2 45.6 35.9 66.7 0.6 2.3 2.9 1.0 0.3 0.6 0.1 1.7 5.3
Brandon Goodwin 36 13.9 41.6 34.5 63.2 0.4 1.5 1.9 2.5 1.0 0.7 0.0 1.1 4.8
justin anderson 3 15.5 50.0 33.3 75.0 0.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.3 4.3
Three Scott 2 5.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 3.0
Denzel Valentine 22 9.3 37.1 40.9 0.0 0.4 1.3 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.8 2.9
Dylan Windler 50 9.2 37.8 30.0 83.3 0.4 1.4 1.8 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.9 2.2
Luke Kornet 2 7.4 20.0 0.0 66.7 1.0 0.5 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 2.0
Kevin Pangos 24 6.9 32.6 23.1 75.0 0.1 0.4 0.5 1.2 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.5 1.6
Tacko Fall 11 5.3 41.7 0.0 28.6 0.6 1.5 2.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.3 1.1
Rj Nembhard 14 4.5 33.3 0.0 75.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.1 1.1
Tim Frazier 2 4.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
Ed Davis 31 6.5 68.8 0.0 42.9 0.5 1.6 2.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.3 1.1 0.9

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