Ricky Rubio

A popular basketball player since age 14 in his native Spain, he was drafted by the Timberwolves in 2009 and made his debut with the team two seasons later. The spunky, long-haired point guard tore his ACL in March of his first year in the NBA, yet still finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

Miami at Wolves (7 p.m., FSN)
February 4, 2015
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio.

Rubio hopes to come back stronger than last time

Ricky Rubio believes he is an improved teammate and shooter from a three-month absence that tested his patience but said made him better all around.
Dallas 100, Wolves 94
February 3, 2015
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio, right, collided with Mavericks guard Devin Harris during Monday's game in Dallas. Rubio scored 10 points in 21 minutes in hi

Wolves stay close but fall to Dallas in Rubio's return from injury

The point guard scored 10 points in his first game since missing 42 because of a sprained ankle.
Orlando 112, Wolves 103 (OT)
November 8, 2014
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio of Spain dribbles in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Rubio on crutches after ankle injury in Wolves' OT loss

Ricky Rubio injured his left ankle driving for a basket late in the first half in Orlando and did not return.
Ricky Rubio contract
November 1, 2014
Wolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, shot over Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the first half in Indianapolis on Tuesday. Indiana beat Minnesota 103-90 in

Rubio agrees to four-year, $55 million extension with Wolves

The agreement will keep Rubio from becoming a restricted free agent, which would have happened if the two sides did not reach a deal by 11 p.m. Friday night.
Season opener: Wolves at Memphis (7 p.m., FSN)
October 29, 2014
Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders and Ricky Rubio spoke during the preseason. With Kevin Love now gone to Cleveland, Rubio steps forth as somethin

Making a point: Saunders needs Rubio to share vision for Wolves

Flip Saunders will entrust his offense to Ricky Rubio. How well he adapts might decide his — and the Wolves' — future.
Phoenix at Wolves (2:30 p.m., 830-AM)
March 24, 2014
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio directs traffic against the Indiana Pacers during their NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 in Minne

Rubio reveals a fab new floater

The Wolves point guard is trying to develop the shot around the basket.
Wolves at Charlotte (6 p.m., FSN)
March 14, 2014
Ricky Rubio smiled with J.J. Barea during a timeout during first half action at Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday December 15, 2012.

Wolves' coach Adelman wants to play more of Barea with Rubio

Pairing J.J. Barea with Ricky Rubio is one of the changes Adelman is considering as the season dwindles down, games have more importance and rotations tighten.
Indiana at Wolves (7 p.m., FSN, ESPN)
February 19, 2014
Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, points up court in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, Jan

Rubio's shot is still an adventure

Ricky Rubio's elite passing skills need a complementing shot.
Opening night: Orlando at Wolves (7 p.m., FSN)
February 14, 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio (9) and Kevin Love (42) celebrate at the end of their 100-91 win over the Houston Rockets Saturday, Feb. 4, 201

Oct. 29: Rubio, Love are throwbacks

From the preseason: Can the talented duo of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio stay healthy and lead the Timberwolves to playoffs?
Wolves at Golden State (9:30 p.m. Friday, FSN)
January 23, 2014
Struggling Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio had one of his best games of late on Tuesday with 13 assists, 11 points, five steals and five rebounds in a

Rubio finds his comfort level against Jazz

Tuesday's game in Utah was the 12th time in Ricky Rubio's career he reached at least five in four different statistical categories, and the third time he has done it this season.
Sid Hartman, columnist
January 14, 2014
The Wolves' Ricky Rubio has struggled with his shooting, but Wolves boss Flip Saunders says to be patient with the 23-year-old point guard.

Hartman: Saunders says be patient with Rubio

The point guard hasn't shot well, but the Wolves boss points out similar NBA players who became All-Stars.
Jim Souhan, columnist
January 14, 2014
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, center, of Spain drives between Los Angeles Clippers guards Chris Paul (3) and Darren Collison, right, in th

Souhan: Add Rubio to the list of Wolves draft mistakes

Instead of turning out to be a star, the guard is making the 2009 draft looking even worse.
Wolves vs. San Antonio (at Mexico City; 8:30 p.m., FSN)
December 4, 2013
J.J. Barea was surrounded by Mexico City media Tuesday.

Rubio and Barea draw a media horde in Mexico City

In all, 17 international players — 10 for the Spurs, seven for the Wolves — will be on rosters Wednesday, the most ever in an NBA regular-season game.
November 16, 2013
RandBall: Wolves projected to win 52 games, make playoffs

RandBall: Wolves projected to win 52 games, make playoffs

Good times
November 16, 2013
Ricky Rubio leads NBA's night of career bests

Ricky Rubio leads NBA's night of career bests

Ricky Rubio dished out a career-best 16 assists in Minnesota's blowout win. James Anderson scored a career-high 36 and Tony Wroten registered his first career triple-double in the 76ers' OT win.
November 16, 2013
Rand: ESPN ad has fun with Love and Rubio

Rand: ESPN ad has fun with Love and Rubio

Michael Rand calls out the new ESPN ad starring Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio -- and checks out 1-855-NEED-LOVE for himself.
LA Clippers 111, Wolves 95
April 11, 2013
Derrick Williams shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom during the first half

Wolves lose again as Rubio's shooting woes continue

Ricky Rubio has struggled to make a shot since missing a potential game-tying free throw late in Friday's home loss to Toronto
L.A. Lakers 120, Wolves 117
March 28, 2013
Ricky Rubio reacts after he thought he was fouled while taking the last shot of the game against the Lakers

Wolves fall just short; Lakers win 22nd straight over Minnesota

Wednesday's game ended with Ricky Rubio lobbying officials that they didn't call Kobe Bryant for fouling him on a half-court three-point shot that would have tied the game
March 28, 2013
Thursday (Microcosm of Wolves/Wild seasons) edition: Wha' Happened?

Thursday (Microcosm of Wolves/Wild seasons) edition: Wha' Happened?

good times
March 21, 2013
Ricky Rubio drove to the net in the second quarter trailed by San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

Rubio helps Wolves in a big way

Ricky Rubio reaches his first career triple double -- 21 points. 13 rebounds, 12 assists -- and Wolves win
March 21, 2013

RandBall: Love's long recovery could mean another long April for Wolves

Good times
March 21, 2013

Banged-up Rubio throws body around

Is there such a thing as a guy playing too hard?
Houston 108, Wolves 100
March 21, 2013
James Harden tries to pass the ball around the Timberwolves' Mickael Gelabale

Wolves can't hold off Houston

JamesHarden played the entire second half and energized a Rockets team that's aimed toward one of the West's final playoff spots by scoring 25 of those 37 points after halftime.
NBA Insider
March 21, 2013
Nikola Pekovic appeared in a commercial with a fan as part of the ‘‘Get Closer’’ campaign to sell season tickets. Only 70 percent of season ti

Zgoda's NBA Insider: Wolves have to sell hope to sell tickets

The Wolves have had a lost season. In order to sell tickets, they must sell hope that next year will be better.
March 21, 2013

Postgame: Welcome back, Nikola and Andrei

Veterans help Wolves come back to win