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Ricky Rubio is returning the joy of hoops to Minnesota

Updated: August 13, 2012, 3:20 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

NOTHING ABOUT Ricky Rubio is scary, which is why nothing about Ricky Rubio's joining the league's nightly cage match at point guard seemed like a good idea for him -- or the Timberwolves.

A skinny European kid going up against Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul? With the Justin Bieber shag? The singsong cartoonish name? The voice and cadence that suggests the Spaniard learned English from Latka? (YouTube it, youngsters.)

Add in, as a drawback, ...

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