|17 November 2008|
Ricky Rubio has paid tribute to his older brother Marc for helping him become one of the leading players in Spain.
The 18-year-old, voted FIBA Europe's Young Player of the Year for 2007, was a member of the Ideal Quintet last season in the ACB - his first as a starter at DKV Joventut.
He also played for Spain at the Olympics and helped them capture a silver medal.
Rubio, in an interview with EFE, spoke about his brother who is two years older and now plays in Spain with CB Prat Joventut.
"He (Marc) always achieved what he wanted and I wanted to follow in his footsteps," Rubio said.
"He has been my best image, always my point of reference.
"He made his debut at Joventut at the age of 16 and played for the Spanish youth teams and I wanted to do the same.
"I could say Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are two of my idols, but I have not learned so much from them as I have from my own brother and in fact, I have him close to me."
Rubio's defensive excellence and transition game made him a nightmare to go up against last year in Spain, and at the Beijing Games.
After returning to DKV, though, the wrist he injured in the title game against the United States required an operation.
He is still recovering from the surgery and doesn't know when he'll return to the line-up.
Once he does come back, you can expect to see him put up a few more lay-ups and jumpers with his left hand since that has been the only one he's been able to use of late.
"I need to improve in everything because I´m still not perfect in anything," Rubio said.
"I have to improve my left-handed shot."
As far as the NBA rumours go that he will turn professional after this season, Rubio said: "It´s not the time to think about that because it would not be positive."
Rubio also revealed stardom doesn't let him off the hook at DKV Joventut.
"I am still the youngster in the team, the one that carries the bags when it´s my turn," he said.