There’s no better place in the world to play professional basketball than in the United States them, some people with talent feel it is better to be a superstar overseas rather than just another player in the NBA.
Ever since the Dallas Mavericks went out and got sharp shooting import Dirk Nowitzki out of Germany, the NBA has gone from a slightly international game to in an overwhelmingly international game is almost a routine in the NBA today as an international player.
It would be hard to argue that Dirk Nowitzki is not the best international player in the game today as he is a perennial All-Star and arguably one of the best all-around players in the league with his ability to shoot outside seven tall and a leader on the scoring charts every single season.
With that being said, the barrier has been broken as international players have started to come over to the US like flood to join NBA teams nowadays and have become some of the best players in the league like the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol and the San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.
The one player that you’ve heard a lot about on the international stage lately has been Spanish phenom point guard Rickie Rubio who put his name on the map after playing extremely well against the US in the past Summer Olympics where the United States ultimately won the gold medal over the Spanish team led by Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio.
At the time that Ricky Rubio was run in point for the Spanish national basketball team, he was only 17 years of age and ineligible to be drafted in the NBA, but able to play for teams in Spain like Barcelona.
Rubio made such an impression on NBA scouts that he was thought to be one of the top draft picks when he became eligible after turning 18, but even though he of as he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves he was contractually obligated to play for Barcelona in Spain.
The Minnesota Timberwolves tried to make a deal in order to buyout Ricky Rubio’s contract from Barcelona, but the deal was never able to get done and Rubio ultimately went back play for Barcelona and will have to play for Barcelona for at least the next year and a half.
Reportedly, Ricky Rubio is interested in coming back to you asked us to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Personally, I don’t know why you would want to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves if he knew how bad they really were right now, but with his Pistol Pete Maravich style of basketball he will be a big hit on the NBA stage and a big moneymaker for not only the NBA on the international level in Europe, but with the fans in the US.
Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, a buyout for Ricky Rubio would still be about a year and a half away, but young kid out of Spain seems interested in actually make a name for himself on the biggest vassal states plus which bodes well for basketball in general.