With the offseason filled with Ricky Rubio trade rumors, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard will be hosting a celebrity basketball game for charity in Minneapolis. He seems to be set on being on the roster for the upcoming season.
If you follow the Minnesota Timberwolves, all offseason all you have heard was possible trade rumors surrounding point guard Ricky Rubio. In an interview last week, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor said that he invisions Rubio on the team this season. Taylor mentioned that the front office, new head coach Tom Thibodeau, and the players all love Rubio.
Now there is some news that is not trade related involving Rubio. Rubio will be hosting a celebrity basketball game on September 24th at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The event is called “Rubio’s Hoop for Hope.”
This event was put together by Rubio to honor his late mother Tona Vives, who recently died this offseason after a long battle with cancer. All proceeds will benefit “A Breath for Hope Lung Foundation.”
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As expected, multiple current Timberwolves players will take part in the event. So far the players who have confirmed are Karl-Anthony Towns(of course because he might be the nicest guy ever), Andrew Wiggins, former Timberwolves forward Ronny Turiaf, and Kenneth Faried. More commitments from NBA players and celebrities are expected in the coming months.
It is a good show of faith that current Timberwolves players are involved and showing Rubio support. Rubio although being only 25 years old, is one of the leaders on this young Timberwolves team.
Although Rubio had mentioned possibly wanting to move on to a playoff team if the Timberwolves did not make the postseason again this year, it looks like he is ready to commit to the team and new head coach Tom Thibodeau. You can not blame Rubio for wanting to get to the postseason and accomplish his own personal goals, it just might not have been the right time to make that kind of statement.
This event should be fun for all involved and will be nice for Rubio to give back to a foundation that works to fight the disease that took his mother just a few months back.