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Chris Paul’s Ricky Rubio regret
New Orleans point guard extraordinaire Chris Paul told Reuters he was dreaming big about the Hornets this upcoming season, setting his sights on an NBA title, but he was also realistic about how stiff the competition would be.
Asked who he regarded as improving teams, Paul went right to the reigning champions.
“The Lakers. They just won a championship and it’s crazy that they can improve,” he said after a reading and book-signing for his new children’s book. “It doesn’t seem right, but adding Ron Artest, that’s gonna help them.
Paul told the kids that had gathered at the NBA Store in Manhattan that his favorite cities to play in were Los Angeles and New York (ATTENTION Knicks for future free agentry), and said he was disappointed Ricky Rubio was not coming into the league this season.
“I know Ricky. We actually played in Spain last year in a preseason game, that was fresh off the Olympics,” Paul, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. hoops team in Beijing, said when asked about the Spanish point guard, who was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves but in the end stayed in Spain with Barcelona.
“I did an event with Ricky. Really good guy, great kid, young. I was excited about him coming to the NBA this season. I was disappointed to hear he’s not.”
Paul, 24, said he thought Rubio would fit in the NBA.
“I think he’ll be OK. I think he’ll be be fine, because he’s young, he’s exciting. He has really long arms, so he’s able to steal the ball and he’s a great passer.”
PHOTO: Chris Paul goes up for a basket against Ricky Rubio (6) during their men’s gold medal basketball game between the U.S. and Spain at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 24, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson