With so much attention being paid to the start of the NBA season, many people out there may not realize just how busy the lives of NBA players can be. For example, Ricky Rubio, a point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, may also running a serious political campaign, and he’s here with me today to set the record straight.
Bryan Harvey: Do you prefer me to call you Ricky Rubio or Mr. Rubio? What about Rick? Does anyone ever just call you Rick?
Ricky Rubio: Sure. Any of those. I really don’t have a lot of time.
BH: Yeah, I get it. Busy man. Game one night and a debate the next. Is Marco a nickname or something? Why the two names?
RR: I don’t think anyone calls me that.
BH: Really? No one calls you Marco?
RR: I play with a Marc on the national team.
BH: What’s your stance on immigration?
RR: In Spain?
BH: Yeah, ‘cause you’re running for the nomination in Spain. Good one.
RR: Is this a basketball interview?
BH: What’s going on with your finances?
RR: My finances?
BH: Yeah, Trump’s saying some pretty nasty things about whether you put personal expenses on the party’s tab.
RR: Are you talking about the party we made the rookies throw? That’s just typical hazing stuff.
BH: But not now? Do you still consider yourself a rookie?
RR: Why would I still consider myself a rookie?
BH: Are you saying you’re part of the establishment?
RR: What? Like KG or Andre Miller?
BH: Are those guys staffers?
RR: Like on the coaching staff? I mean sort of. They’re both full of advice. We’re young, but we also have a ton of wisdom in the locker room.
BH: Why not call it a war room?
RR: KG might, but we’re not really going to war.
BH: At what juncture in the campaign will you know it’s over?
RR: I guess when we’re mathematically eliminated from the Playoffs.
BH: Is that what you’re calling Super Tuesday? What do you think of Trump’s position?
RR: Like, on the basketball court?
BH: You’re good at deflecting, but no. I’m talking about his position atop the polls?
RR: Whose position? What polls?
BH: The Donald. What do you think about Donald Trump?
RR: Is he the guy with the hair?
BH: Yeah, that’s him. What do you think about his being atop the polls? Is he really the future of the Party and, to a larger extent, the nation?
RR: Isn’t he hosting SNL this weekend?
BH: Sure, but what about long term? Who’s really the long term answer?
RR: I’d like it to be me.
BH: Does that mean you’re not certain it can be you?
RR: I guess the front office did trade for Tyus. Look, I’m not really sure I get the question. How much longer is this going to take?
BH: Not long. What are your thoughts on Hillary, Rick?
BH: That’s the one.
RR: You know Shabazz Muhammad does a pretty good Bill impersonation.
BH: Who’s Shabazz Muhammad?
RR: One of my teammates.
BH: Did he hack into her email?
RR: That doesn’t really sound like Shabazz. He pretty much just plays basketball.
BH: Is he the reason you keep saying she lied about Benghazi?
RR: Are you talking about the punk band Nikola Pekovic listens to? He had me watch one of their videos on Youtube.
BH: Was the video related to the events in Libya?
RR: I’m not sure we’re having the same conversation.
BH: Nikola? Is he Russian? What’s your stance on Putin, Marco?
RR: I think I’m leaving. (He unpins the mic.)
BH: Sure, Mark, just walk away like you don’t have comments about Benghazi to make.
RR: I really don’t.
BH: Well, I’m going to watch that video—
RR: (Walks down the hall without looking back.)
BH: The Fugazi one, Marco! Not the other one! The Fugazi one!
(Basketballs pounding the hardwood drum down the corridor.)
Bryan Harvey tweets @LawnChairBoys and writes at other places too, sometimes.