Ricky Rubio won't be getting a call from Dancing With the Stars producers anytime soon.
The Timberwolves rookie guard sent dancing back years with his lousy performance at the team's open scrimmage on Monday. In front of nearly 2,500 fans at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, Rubio's inferior moves were on display for all to see (and fear).
In 2009, the Timberwolves picked Rubio with the fifth pick in the first round, making him the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by an NBA franchise. He continued his professional career in Spain with FC Barcelona the last few seasons before reaching a deal to play in Minnesota this year.
Rubio has been compared to a young Steve Nash, the star guard of the Phoenix Suns. His vision and passing skills have many NBA talent evaluators claiming he's one of the best pure point guards to enter the league in years.
But apparently he needs to keep his new day job.
T'Wolves star Kevin Love thought it would be fun to have Rubio sing the U.S. national anthem with rookie cohorts Kevin Williams and Malcolm Lee. Rubio, 21, had to back out, since he didn't know the lyrics, according to the Pioneer Press.
That's forgivable considering the Spaniard has only been in America a short time.
There is no excuse for Rubio becoming totally discombobulated during a dancing competition against Williams and Lee. The Wolves rookies entered into a "Dougie" contest that left much to be desired.
Former NBA player Alan Anderson, a teammate of Rubio's on Regal FC Barcelona last season, attempted to advise Rubio on the popular hip-hop dance. "He danced the Dougie all the time," Rubio said of Anderson, "He teach me all the time but not that good." Yep, its fair to say that Anderson is no Cheryl Burke.
"That (dancing the Dougie) was embarrassing," Rubio told the Pioneer Press. "I'm shy. I don't know how to do it."
Rubio redeemed himself later by singing a brief version of "Happy Birthday" to a young girl who attended the scrimmage.
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