Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Rubio to NBA.com in Italy: "I like Minnesota. But I want to win, too."

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: June 8, 2014 - 8:52 PM

NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper interviewed Ricky Rubio stay during his appearance at the annual Eurocamp in Italy about his future and Kevin Love's future in Minnesota.

Here's the story with a link to separate video done with him.

While in Treviso, Rubio also did a video interview with Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler in which he was asked about the Wolves' naming Flip Saunders as coach.

It sounded like less than a resounding endorsement to me, but check it out here and decide for yourself.

Here are the highlights of what Rubio told NBA.com:

* He said he wants Love to stay in Minnesota and still wants to play in Minnesota even if Love doesn't, but made it clear he doesn't want to step backward and go through the process of rebuilding again.

"I like Minnesota," he said. "But I want to win, too. Of course when a big guy like him leaves, you're thinking about what's going to be happening with the team. Are we going to lose a lot? Before I came to Minnesota, the season before they won like 17 games. I was a little scared when I went there. I'm coming from Europe, where I was playing in Barcelona. I think we lost six game or seven games in two season and every loss was a disaster. I don't want to go through a process like every win is something special."

* He's flying to Los Angeles on Monday for workouts, including work with a new shooting coach. But he made it clear the trip doesn't mean he'll play for the Lakers, a nod to Love's visit to Boston a week ago.

* He said he'll call and talk to Love soon after he arrives back in the United States. "He’s my teammate and I want to know how he feels and if he wants to stay or whatever,” Rubio told NBA.com. “But it’s something that I think we had a good relationship and we can talk as friends. Of course I want him to stay.”

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