Adelman not ready to start Rubio quite yet

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 1, 2012 - 11:59 PM
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gjacobJan. 2, 1212:28 AM

Wolves look great the last two games (Heat, Mavs) and it's definitely a different team with a real head coach. BTW, where are the 'we should have drafted Cousins' posts today?

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frnorthJan. 2, 1212:52 AM

Jerry, what happened to that Beasley article? I thought it fit my take on Beasley and why he seems out of sync to a T

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manoliveJan. 2, 12 2:01 AM

Thanks for asking Adelman about Rubio starting, Jerry. I guess we just have to be patient as Adelman completes his evaluation of the team. He seems to know what he is doing, a lot more so than the casual fan, and has the Wolves playing great. Even Luke looks good sometimes, and can be relied on to nail an open jumper, which incidentally seems to be happening with alot of frequesncy for a lot of our players. They all seem to be buying in to Adelman's teachings, and I see a lot more teamwork, as players are trying to emulate Rubio and his unselfishness. Even Beasley is passing the ball. It just seems like the players are getting a lot more confident, and can play with anybody. I feel confident they'll find a way to beat an aging San Antonio team tomorrow. Move over, Duncan. You are being replaced by KLove as the Bigger Fundamental.

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zebmuasJan. 2, 12 2:36 AM

Now, how about... when he's going to bench Wesley Johnson...

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nomedsJan. 2, 12 9:03 AM

Maybe, someone needs to explain to Adelman that the NBA is in the entertainment business and that people come to pay and watch the best entertainers. They are paying to watch Rubio play not Wes Johnson or Luke Ridnour.

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azviking101Jan. 2, 12 9:38 AM

The starting lineup needs to be; Rick Rubio, Wayne Ellington, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph. Wesley Johnson could be the biggest bust in T-Wolves draft history. I have been so frustrated with Beasley's play, but Wes and Williams have done no better. I just hate his shot selection. He takes the stupidest shots and so far, he has not made any shots. I do like Ridnour still because he is a good shooter and is different than Rubio, but the offense reacts to Rubio differently and plays better. The Miami Heat game was a big reason why I feel this lineup is better. We were outscored by 12 in the first quarter with the first team. In the second, quarter, T-wolves came back and took the lead.

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t_stevensJan. 2, 1210:04 AM

Rubio is getting starters minutes. Not starting takes some pressure off. Adelman knows what he is doing. Wow. Wolves have suddenly become legit. We had a WNBA championship (I don't follow the Lynx, but proud they won), the gophers men are better than expected esp considering the loss of a star, now the Wolves. Good time to be a BB fan in Minny.

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snoozecruiseJan. 2, 1210:19 AM

I don't mind Ridnour starting for now, especially if Adelman would start Ellington with him. Also, I like Darko starting and Randolph coming off the bench for him. Darko is playing good defense so far. I don't know how much more time Adelman needs to evaluate Johnson, but it's obvious he can't play the 2. When he missed the corner 3 by 3 feet against Dallas, it reminded me of the days of playing outside on a windy day.

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banlarsonJan. 2, 1210:49 AM

This team is fun to watch again, to me the most obvious issue right now is the way the Wolves are treated by the officials. It is blatantly obvious the wolves are not getting many calls and some horrific calls going against them. Hopefully Adelman and his staff are compiling the long list of examples and sending them to the league. The Miami game was rediculous.

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abracadebraJan. 2, 12 3:46 PM

Why would any coach in their right mind want to push Ricky into a starting position right now? With the substitution game that's played now in the NBA, Rubio's going to play the same amount of minutes whether he starts or comes in off the bench. And right now there are so many advantages to starting Ridnour and then sending in Barea and Rubio later. The opposition is scratching their heads and exhausted, and by the time they adjust to B&R then Ridnour's back in doing his steady thing and hitting the 3's. We got 'em coming and going with those three. And let's not forget their defensive play. All three of 'em.

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