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Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:56 am
Ricky Rubio is getting a lot of body from defenders. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

When Ricky Rubio was drafted, the questions were about how he would deal with the tougher defense of the NBA. Not in terms of acumen, the Euro leagues provide plenty of defense. But the players are so much bigger, so much more toned, so much stronger, that his wispy frame was considered an issue. Then he came over and lit the league on fire and it wasn't considered an issue. But it's gotten tougher and tougher as the season has gone on, and now the Wolves have decided to pull the "mom who finds out her son is being bullied and goes to the principle" approach. 
Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said the team has sent video to the NBA , seeking to call attention to what Kahn and the team's coaches believe are opponents being overly physical with rookie guard Ricky Rubio.

The team sent many examples of what it deems are fouls never called against defenders who have decided the best way to play the skinny rookie is to muscle him.

"All our young guys are learning that, Ricky especially," coach Rick Adelman said about opposing defenses adjusting to stop the Wolves' offense. "They're putting bigger guys on him...They’re beating the hell out of him right now. The league has figured out you have to be physical with him. And he’s kind of learning on the fly.’’
via Wolves send Rubio footage to league, looking for some protection |

Thing is, that's what parents should do. Will it bring more Heat on the kid in the short term? Sure. But in the long-run it's better to establish an awareness of the issue. They should notify school officials. It's certainly true that kids have to stand up for themselves, but to make sure situations don't become dangerous, they need to give the school a heads up it's a problem. 

That said, this is just part of it for Rubio. It's not like it's significantly impacted his game, and he's still producing, the Wolvesare still winning. But he's going to see more and more of this. He's made a name for himself, and teams will target ways to stop that. The easiest way is to attack him physically. Rubio won't get special treatment, but it may help in cutting off excessively hard fouls that could cause injury.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2012 12:24 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

The NBA head office is not the Mafia.. They do not cater to large markets... what the hell are you people on? It's a tough, physical game... if Rubio doesn't like it go back to Europe.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:44 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

All teams send video to the league office all the time.

As for small markets - San Antonio Spurs 

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:35 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Can't blame the Twolves for bringing it up to the league office. What's the worst that the league is going to say/do? Nothing. Best case scenario, they start getting some calls thrown their way. Every team has done this at some point in time in regards to one/some of their players. Not really a big issue or story here.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:25 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Two great posts by the Prof and rvs!

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:22 am

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

Tom Brady gets calls.  Veteran pitchers/batters get the borderline strike/ball calls.  It's not just the NBA.

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:22 pm
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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:52 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

NBA not nice to OKC and they are good for NBA. So, why would they be nice to a new international player that has re-energized the T-Wolfs and a long time NBA/ABA (MIN Lakers) city? Oh, yeah Money is why not. Get it straight NBA. Look at who is good and not cater to Cuban/Dirk, Wade, Lebron, Kobe, BOS, Carmel O, and other foul hogs out ther in NBA land.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:50 pm

Suckitup, cupcakes.

Get used to it Minn fans. You're a small market team, and small market holds no clout with NBA leaders or the refs they send to orchestrate the scripted outcome of games, the season, and certainly playoffs (Kings/Lakers 2002). Keep a fresh stock of his blood type handy, enjoy the few wins you're allowed, and steel yourselves for the constant and repeated feeling of dissappointment felt when "small market" is not afforded the same rules as "money market".

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:27 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

It will be a sad day in the NBA (it's already pretty sad anyways) if\when the powers to be send a note out to the ref's to 'lighten up' on Rubio. 
As a team, you gotta' be nuts to not only send the video, but to expect, or even think, something will come out of it. If anything you will more than likely end up hurting your team. With the NBA's haughty mentality of officiating the way it has been over the years (no outward accountability to bad officiating that let's the fan know those things are being taken care of), we have no other way to think than that Minnesota will find the ref's reacting in their usual 'know it all, mightier than thou,' manner and call more fouls on Rubio just for spite. Basketball officiating on all levels is bad enough without input from the ruling elite.   
And please Matt Moore, parents are the scourge of high school sports and the reason a high school can't keep a good coach more than a year or two. You might be joking about parents, rightfully-so, sticking up for their children, but getting parents involved in actual game-time participation, for the majority of players, is a bad thing and not to be joked about.
Some parents have it right, when they react to their child's more-than-likely 'gilded' explanation about why they are not happy with their coach by explaining that, 'it looks like you might have to get in there and work harder and impress coach a bit more' rather than what seems like the majority of wrong-headed parents these days who take what their child says as the absolute truth and goes to town at getting the coach fired. Don't bother to teach Jane or Johnny any respect for themselves or others, but go to town and get the coach fired when Jane or Johnny are not getting more playing time than an underclassman. At the varsity level you play to win, not placate senior playing time.
We have one school in my area, Red Jacket Central in Manchester-Shortsville NY, who has fired two great basketball coaches in four years because of 1.) disciplining a disrespectful player with a one-game suspension -the parent went to the superintendent who gave the coach an ultimatum to play the disrespectful student, which the coach appropriately refused to do and was fired on the spot for. And 2.) A coach who was let go because he was playing an underclassman over a senior and refused to change when the same superintendent, prodded by the parent, told him to play the senior student. Do you believe this stuff?
As the NYS Sportswriters Association tweeted recently; you might have to be a complete bleeping idiot to want to coach in that district.
      Parents don't need encouragement, even if it's joking, to wrongfully get involved in their kids athletic playing time.  

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:58 pm

Report: Wolves want league to be nicer to Rubio

<span style="color: #000000;">Welcome to the NBA, Mr. Rubio. If the Timberwolves think Rubio is being beaten up, they should take a look at some of the video tape on Steve Nash.  In the game with San Antonio where Robert Horry slammed him into the scorers' table, he had been repeatedly mugged the entire night without any calls against the Spurs. He is routinely knocked down and roughed up without fouls being called. However, no one has gone crying to the league about it. The officiating in the NBA is laughable. Breathe on certain players and a foul is called, but other players can't get a call no matter how blatant the abuse. Something needs to be done to bring some consistency in officating. The fans have been screaming about it for years, but no one seems to care.  Even the Tim Donaghy scandal a few years ago seemed to have no impact. I would like to believe that something will be done about it, but at this point I doubt it.

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