Ricky Rubio, although just a rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves, demonstrated confidence not only in his own basketball abilities but also in that of his home country, Spain.
After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Rubio and pal Pau Gasol, a fellow Spaniard who is also a Laker chatted with Kobe Bryant.
Yet it wasn’t just friendly greetings that were exchanged.
When asked if the two Spaniards were discussing the London 2012 Olympics, Rubio then asked Bryant, playfully, if he was going to be there. Ricky then continued to inform the veteran basketball player that the United States would be taking the Silver medal home and Spain the gold.
Kobe requested the keys to Barcelona should the U.S. take home the Gold medal. Both players clearly enjoyed the competitive conversation.
Ricky Rubio’s remarks come after Spain’s close defeat to the United States in 2008. They lost in the gold medal game 118-107. Clearly Rubio does not intend to let history repeat itself in London.