Rudy Backs Ricky’s ‘Adult Choice’ To Stay In Spain

27 October 2009

Rudy Fernandez believes fellow Spain international Ricky Rubio made a wise decision during the summer when he opted to remain in Spain's ACB instead of leaving for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rubio was selected fifth overall in the draft by Minnesota but elected to move to the defending ACB champions and four games into the season, he's played extremely well.

According to Fernandez, Rubio made "an adult choice, the best for him, allowing him to win trophies and grow as a player".

"I think he's done very well," Fernandez said.

The two players have a lot in common.

Both grew up at DKV Joventut in Badalona and have been named as the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.

Fernandez earned the honor in 2006 while Rubio, who turned 19 on October 21, has received it the following two years.

The duo have also represented Spain the past couple of years, winning the silver medal at the Beijing Olympics and a gold at last month's EuroBasket in Poland.

What the two did not have in common was their departures from DKV.

While Fernandez announced he was leaving for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2008 and had an emotional press conference, Rubio made his exit in acrimonious circumstances.

DKV had refused to lower his buyout clause when he at first expressed the desire to play in the NBA.

DKV eventually reached an agreement with Minnesota to pave the way for Rubio to go to the NBA but he decided to remain in Spain and was sold to Barcelona.

Rubio played against DKV for the first time in the ACB on Saturday and had a terrific game in Barca's 92-59 rout of the Badalona team.

When asked about facing his old club, he said: "I have not thought about the fans of 'Penya'.

"The most important thing was the game and to go out and win and we did."

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