Thursday, February 2, 2023

NBA | Ricky Rubio: “Good to see they still love me so much”

Ricky Rubio He returned to NBA action on December 13 and received infamous applause from Portland and Minnesota fans on the road. In his third meeting, he reunited with fans of cleveland cavalierswho stood and greeted him after his tour 380 days without basketball Due to severe knee injury. Al Masnou’s point guard, from 32 yearsreviewed his first days in competition with the Ohio press, leaving as always interesting reflections.

How are you feeling after your first matches, how are things going?

It’s a bit weird. It was a long time since he left there. I haven’t trained much and I’ve done very little 5v5 so I’m just picking it up right away, but it’s part of the process. I knew it wasn’t going to come back at once, and I’m still working on getting back to playing with my teammates, adjusting my game, and playing basketball games. So far it has gone well.

How do you feel on the pitch?

Good good. I have worked hard and feel better than ever in my sporting career. Now the time has come that all the work should be done away from the track, away from the matches, on the pitch. Speed, everything is different. It still sounds weird to me, but I’m getting closer.

“I feel better than ever in my sports career. Now is the time to transfer all the work to the track”

How has this process been compared to the past?

Separate. I was 20 then and didn’t know much about injuries. Now, 12 years later, I approach it more consciously, I work on it more than ever. It’s a different point in my trajectory, it’s like night and day. I feel good where I am, and I want to finish the re-adaptation process.

How does your comeback help Darius Garland?

I can get some base workloads out of this. I know how he plays and how he likes to play. It is about generating the first profit so that he can then capitalize, which he will have to generate all his opportunities to avoid.

He has served as a mentor to other great point guards. Now he plays with two of them, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, who are already consolidated. How do you live with this fact?

It’s about upping their game and maximizing what they do and how they do it. If they can get 25 or 30 points per game, but can do so with 2 or 3 fewer shots, then they are more effective. Read the game well, what the opponent’s defense offers us. Try working a little less hard to reach the same destination. I try to make it natural, so that the reading of the game can be transferred to the whole team.

“I try to increase the energy and pace of the match. Read on to make the game more effective”

The goal is to play in short, rapid parts. How can you maintain your influence?

This is very difficult. When you have a long stretch you can warm up with a game, understand what the game offers and the defense. Now it’s even more difficult, because once you’ve got it, you’re back on the bench, you have to understand it when you play. That’s what doctors recommend and where we are at the moment. When I spent some more time on the previous game I felt more energized, productive. I’d like more minutes, but it’s part of the process, and I already knew this start wasn’t going to be easy.

What are you trying to bring to the team when your number is called?

I try to increase the energy and tempo of the match. Read the game to be more effective. Build an advantage on the court, especially against. We are very strong, but we haven’t run enough. Maybe from exhaustion. At this point in the season you can see how some teams fade just before the All Star break. You have to take advantage of that slowdown, and I can make an impact in that aspect. With these weeks that we have before the break, we have to increase the pace of our game.

What does it mean to welcome fans?

The first day back was very exciting, yesterday also the first day at home. Going home to reflect on what I did last year, how my season was cut short at a very good time for us, not only in team chemistry but also with the fans and the stands. That moment was very painful for me and yesterday it was nice to see that they still love me here.

Why does she get along so well with Kevin Love?

I don’t know I know him well, I know what he likes. We have good chemistry. His game is better than mine and vice versa. We play pick and pop and we know how you like to keep going. He’s a great passer, and I love playing tag on the inside.

“Coming from Europe, it’s not only the players here, but the fans too, that’s tough”

Caris Levert has gotten a lot of hype, but she plays more isolated and now they share minutes. How can they take advantage of his game?

It is not about giving us relief, but about knowing how to generate benefits for each other. It’s something that comes naturally, sharing tracks and talking. I ask my teammates how they like to play in certain situations where they like to receive the ball.

You play against Memphis, a team that likes to talk a lot, how do you respond to those things?

Coming from Europe here are not only players, but also fans, which is very difficult. You have two options to answer this. Either you let them put you down or you stand up and defend yourself. We have the tenacity to get out there and not get discouraged. We know they’ll talk, that they need it for warmth, but we have the answer, too.

Is it necessary to have boisterous players to win?

You do what is necessary to win. This is how they made their mindset, their identity. I remember when there was Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. They played very tough, although they didn’t talk as much as this current Memphis team. Grit and Grind’, this has been transferred to the current generation. It’s outrageous if you cross the line, but it also becomes fun if you don’t. You should not take their words personally.

What is the identity of these caves?

stiffness. Dog mentality from last year, continue to work like this. We play the right way, we are charitable and we always think in a ‘one more’ mindset. We take care of each other. The chemistry here is like that and I love it.

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