For a while after he signed, Ricky Rubio was working out with his new Minnesota teammates, getting some run with Kevin Love and friends.
Now, he is back in Spain preparing for EuroBasket, where the silver medal team from the 2008 Olympics will try to qualify for London 2012.
While at training camp he spoke with FIBA’s site about the upcoming transition.
“I approach it with more hope than fear, and with great respect for things,” he said. “I have a huge desire to live this experience, both on the court and off it. I have never moved house before. I have never had that change. I want to have that change of culture, though I don’t want to lose the connection to family that I have.”
Rubio can expect the changes to be big, both on and off the court.
“I think it will be physically harder than Europe – I will need to do more weights,” he said of the NBA’s playing style.
He will need to get stronger, and his jumper needs to get more consistent. His game is going to have to mature and he is going to have to adapt. But he has a court vision you just don’t teach, and if it comes with a good work ethic he will do well in Minnesota. I like his attitude of embracing the experience. Lets hope he gets to embrace a full NBA season.