BARCELONA, Spain – Ricky Rubio has accomplished a lot in his young
career, he just hasn’t shown he’s ready to make the jump to the NBA.
The 19-year-old point guard has already played in an Olympic gold-medal
game, won a European Championship with Spain and led his club team to
the Euroleague title.
But the Spaniard went scoreless in an exhibition game between his FC
Barcelona team and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, falling flat in
his first big opportunity to silence critics after his disappointing
performance in the world championships.
He looked nervous early on, drawing three fouls in the first half. He missed all five of his field goal attempts in 17 minutes of play and had four turnovers while handing out only three assists.
"It’s true he did not have his best game tonight, but he needs to have these experiences so he doesn’t have to go through them again in the future," Barcelona coach Xavi Pascual said.
Rubio knows he has work to do.
"I want to better my game in every way I can," he said. "I have room to improve in every aspect and I am going to try and use this season to win as many games as possible, as well as to improve."