Love named to 2010 Men's National Team, Ronzone on Rubio and more
From the Pioneer Press:
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been named to the 2010 men's national team, USA Basketball announced today. Love will represent the United States at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in hopes of winning the country's first gold medal at the event since 1994.
"It's a tremendous honor to be named to the USA Basketball roster and have the opportunity to represent my country on an international stage," Love said. "Expectations will be very high for this team and I look forward to doing everything I can to help the team bring back the gold from Turkey."
Wolves forward Kevin Love was named by USA Basketball as a member of the men's national team that will compete in the FIBA World Championship, which will be held Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Love, one of 15 NBA players to average a double-double last season -- his second with the Wolves since being drafted out of UCLA -- is one of six players on the team who are 22 or younger.
From USA Basketball:
Named to the 12-man 2010 USA World Championship Team were: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).
David Kahn, Timberwolves prez of bkb ops on Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio: "I expect to see him with us a year from now."
Jonah Ballow: Now looking at Ricky Rubio from an X's and O's standpoint, what do you see out of him as far as what his game will translate at that next level. What will Ricky Rubio do in the next couple of years in the NBA that you saw maybe of glimpse of in that contest against the USA team.
Tony Ronzone: One to handle pressure, the pressure is not going to bother him. He started when he was 17 years old in the Olympic game against us in 2008 in China. He has a skill as an NBA player to handle pressure, to create opportunities for scoring opportunities. That's his job to create opportunities for his team to be successful. His plus-minus in that game was at plus-22, which is pretty amazing. As soon as he got in the game, we were up, and he totally took over the game. That's the skill level he has. He got bigger, he got stronger in that last year or two, he shoots the ball well, he's got a great release. Probably the one thing he has to get better on is he just has to be more consistent knocking down that three-ball.
From Jonah Ballow/Timberwolves site: Top 10 Games At Target Center
Kevin Love of the Timberwolves was inactive by coach's decision in the United States' exhibition victory over Spain on Sunday in Madrid. Wolves top 2009 draft choice Ricky Rubio had five turnovers in the game.