The poll results are in and the fans have spoken. We asked you who you think is more important to the Timberwolves in terms of winning games, Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio. Well, here are the results:
Ricky Rubio – 41 votes (77%)
Kevin Love – 12 votes (23%)
It is pretty interesting that more than three-quarters of respondents thought that Rubio, who played in just 41 games in his rookie season and is currently in his comeback from ACL surgery, was dubbed to be more important to the Wolves winning games than the now perrenial all-star that K-Love has become.
Perhaps it is the ill-advised comments concerning his future in Minnesota that has caused many Wolves fans to choose Ricky over Love, but I like to believe that people are beginning to realize that Love’s poor defense and selfish tendencies can at times be very detrimental to the team while inhibiting the Pups from playing team basketball.
As many realize, I tend to be very critical of various aspects of K-Love’s game – not that I believe we would be better off without him (I believe the very opposite, in fact), but that I believe that it is my job as a fan of Love and the Timberwolves as an organization to be very demanding from any player who receives a max contract. To me, making max contract money should mean that the player never takes a play off or does not hustle back on defense, as we have seen with Love far too often. I will never have a major problem if Love has a poor shooting night, so long as he is giving the amount of effort on the defensive end that so many of his teammates give on a nightly basis.
Which brings me to Rubio. From the time that Ricky arrived in Minneapolis, he has been nothing but smiles, positivity, hard work and devotion to the game of basketball. He has truly been an inspiration to all Minnesota sports fans alike, and went from a guy who was heavily criticized for his “over-hype” to a real sports hero for an NBA organization that needed it most. The way that the Timberwolves fan base has gotten behind Tricky Ricky has been not only amazing to witness, but a great joy to be apart of. While Rubio has had a tough start to the season in his recovery, there is no question that once he regains his lower body strength and conditioning he will once again be the one deciding games late in fourth quarters. In the words of Ricky himself….
When something bad happen u have 3 choices. U can either let it define you, let it destroy u, or U CAN LET IT STRENGTHEN YOU.Bona nit.
— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) December 15, 2012