Okay, no one has to give a blood oath or anything....
One of my greatest fears about Ricky Rubio is that he will not be able to live up to the high expectations we have of him on the court, at least initially. Let's face it, for the most part, we have been dazzled by the slick passing and open court prowess evidenced by the YouTube highlight videos and the like. Some of us have watched Ricky's teams and also read about the successes they have had.
Although we should care less about what the sports media world thinks, you can anticipate a large heaping of sour grapes by sports writers who wanted Ricky to diss the Wolves to play for their own larger-market team. There are probably drafts of articles sitting in offices just waiting to be published.
We need to be prepared to stand firm in support of Ricky. As one of the biggest, most obnoxious cynics on CH, I am going to give Ricky a couple years to adjust to the new team, the new country, the new city, and the (gasp) new (to him) front office and coaching staff.
I know in the Minnesota Nice (even for Mad Dan and others from Wisconsin) we are going to welcome Ricky with open arms and extend a long honeymoon period to him. Let's be sure to give him the benefit of a couple years to adjust.If he meets our expectations, great. But if he doesn't at first, let's show incredible patience.
Ricky has already demonstrated his loyalty to us by keeping his promise to join the Wolves.