Ricky Rubio rips former Wolves squad, says Jazz ‘play more as a team’
Ricky Rubio took a potshot at his former Minnesota Timberwovles team in recent comments about how the Utah Jazz are a bitter fit for his style of play.
The Wolves traded Rubio to the Jazz this past offseason after six up-and-down seasons with the club. The point guard is enjoying a nice first season in Utah, averaging 13.2 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 73 games on team currently slotted as the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves (44-34) are seeded seventh.
Rubio for his final few seasons in Minnesota was repeatedly the source of trade talks, something that apparently weighed so heavily upon him that he reportedly told Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor it would be “best if the two sides parted ways.”
Fresh off a standout performance (23 points — including 4-for-5 from three-point range — seven rebounds, three assists) in Sunday in a 121-97 road win over his former team, Rubio had some thoughts about his former squad as it relates to his new team.
“Of course in Minnesota we had a lot of guys who can score and I was more passing the ball,” Rubio said, per the Desert News, by way of the Star Tribune. “Here we play more as a team … and that fits my game better.”
Rubio — shooting a career-best 41.4 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from downtown — added he feels this has been his best NBA season, saying, “A different system fits me better, and I’m playing better.”
It was a tumultuous run for Rubio in Minnesota. While he became an instant fan favorite upon his arrival from Spain, injuries and inconsistency — particularly with his shot — left the impression he failed to fulfill his potential. It would seem that both Rubio and the Timbewolves are better off after parting ways.
Still, Rubio seems to be harboring some bitterness towards his former team, as evidenced by the following tweet after Utah’s easy win over Minnesota at Target Center Sunday.
Well, that was fun. #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/5Pj626BYzd
— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) April 2, 2018