NBA Notebook: Rubio coming to league
Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 4, 2011
The NBA notebook …
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota after all.
The Spanish point guard has agreed to join the Timberwolves next season, ending a drawn-out, delicate, two-year negotiation with the team that had many league observers believing he did not want to play in Minnesota.
A person with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Rubio will be here next season, given the woebegone Timberwolves a much-needed dose of good news.
NEW YORK — Donnie Walsh dedicated three years to fixing the New York Knicks, all the while knowing the job would take much longer.
At first he wanted to stay on as the guy who finished it, to see them really contend for a title. But at age 70, Walsh realized he wasn’t up for the task. So when Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan wanted Walsh to commit to a multiyear extension, the longtime executive decided it was best not to return as Knicks president.
NEW YORK — The television rating for Game 2 of the NBA finals was up 15 percent from the last time the same teams met in the championship series.
The Dallas Mavericks’ 95-93 comeback win over the Miami Heat on Thursday on ABC drew a 10.5 overnight rating. Game 2 in 2006 earned a 9.1.
The rating was down slightly from the 10.9 for the second game of last season’s Celtics-Lakers series, the only higher Game 2 rating for the last seven years.