Rubio leads team to Euroleague finals, Laimbeer rumored to have interview for Sixers job and more
Add two names to the 76ers' interview list: Dan Majerle and Bill Laimbeer.
In the next two days, Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski will conduct a quartet of interviews as he tries to fill the team's coaching vacancy, including face-to-face meetings with both Majerle and Laimbeer, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
On Sunday, Stefanski will meet with former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell; a few hours later, he'll interview Laimbeer, an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As Alesandro Gonzalez, a Spanish basketball scout who has watched Rubio's development closely, saw it, that play exemplified his growth.
"He sees the passes that are available, but he also has the ability to make the passes entirely appropriate, so that the receiver doesn't have to do very much," Gonzalez said.
Rubio's flirtation with the NBA has been well-documented. He was drafted in the first round last year by the Minnesota Timberwolves but signed a two-year-deal with Barcelona. Most observers here say his time with Barcelona has helped him. Playing against excellent competition in the Spanish league and the Euroleague, he has become stronger and a better floor leader.
The Timberwolves have a 20 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA lottery on May 18. If they get it, they're expected to choose Kentucky guard John Wall. Some upper-level Target Center season tickets, as part of a team lottery promotion, would be available for $1 per game.
Also from Walters:
Point guard Ricky Rubio, the Timberwolves' top draft pick last June whom Wolves basketball President David Kahn is scouting this weekend in the European Championships in Paris, is averaging 6.5 points, 4 assists, 34 percent shooting from three-point range and 36.2 percent shooting overall.