Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio turned down a chance to play in the NBA this season. The 18-year-old Pete Maravich wannabe spurned the Minnesota Timberwolves after being the fifth selection in this year’s NBA Draft. He turned down the NBA to continue playing professional basketball in Spain.
All season long, there have been stories about how Rubio is doing just fine without the NBA. Rubio makes millions of tax-free dollars, enjoys “a pop-star aura,” and gets to winter in Barcelona not Minneapolis.
Now, Rubio’s Barcelona team will meet Olympiacos from Greece for the Euroleague championship. That championship game takes place later today and will be shown live on NBA TV at noon Eastern (9:00 a.m. Pacific.) Rubio’s playmaking has been a big factor in Barcelona’s championship run. Olympiacos is led by NBA free agent acquisitions Josh Childress and Linas Kleiza.