When it comes to the young Spanish "Superstar" there remain so many intangibles....not including his eyebrows.
These become more and more confusing as time passes......so let's rewind to summer 2009, just after the NBA draft.
David Kahn, according to ESPN, has spent all summer trying to carve out some sort of solution to the Rubio contract complexities and eventually has to abandon hope of Rubio joining the Twolves in the immediate future.
"Of course there's disappointment, but I don't think that disappointment should overshadow the big picture, which is, he's still so young," Kahn told ESPN. "It appears now we will have a two-year wait. But if you frame it as he'll be 20 years old and he'll have two more years to develop, I can think of a lot worse things to happen to us as a franchise."
"Two more years to develop.." hold that thought and let's push the fast forward button to 2011.
Ricky Rubio now plays for Regal FC Barcelona, there is serious talk of a lock-out in the 2012 NBA season and all of a sudden there are rumblings of disquiet from the camp of "La Pistola"
Let's examine the playing side first. Rubio is, to all intents and purposes, on a bit of slide. His stats show that it would come as no surprise if he was secretly wearing a Twolves uniform under the red and blue of Barca. Now, I'm not what you could call a well versed student of the European game but one thing I do know is that, in Europe, there tends to be less emphasis on individual achievement - the "team" is the over-arching factor and ofcourse the all important "W" at the end of play.
Rubio pushes this mantra in just about every interview he gives...fair enough....he's trying to be a good team player.
However, in the NBA and especially in Minnesota, he will be expected to assume control of games and lead from the point....quite often lifting an ailing team up by its bootstraps. So, how is this the perfect learning curve for Ricky and how will it help him to develop into the strong-willed, swaggering, creative genius that large sections of Twolves fans expect. This is a quantum leap for Rubio and he must be watching how the "already young" Timberwolves are coping and not enjoying what he is watching.
The lock-out is a serious element in Rubio's unwillingness to commit....I don't think I need to waste time going over the ins and outs of that. Basically this is money driven and center around the trickiness of Ricky being a rookie...it'll be what it'll be.
The third and most damaging angle to the Rubio scenario is that his head is most definitely being turned by overtures from a variety of NBA sources. Mark Cuban admits to being "high" on him and there seems to be an affinity developing between the Rubio family and the Eastern seaboard..Boston emerging as a Rubio family favourite....even those pesky scamps in Miami are getting in on things.....Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby can do that to a team.
No matter what Ricky says, being told how good you are will eventually become a reality in your mind...factor in that he's a kid and this get multiplied x10.
So where does that leave us?
I'm not quite sure.
There are so many elements that need to fall into place over the summer that it is almost impossible to predict what will happen but ultimately what happens in the 2011 draft will go a long way to helping Minnesota decide on Rubio. That in itself is a chilling thought when you know that David Kahn is sitting there with serious wood for the Spaniard.....
My head hurts.