The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting together a very talented team for the new NBA season.
They showed some very serious progress last season and they want to create even more – the front office (and many NBA fans) truly believe they have a young squad that could be championship contenders.
But they need more than just the young new superstars in the making populating the team; they need experienced pros too.
Pros like Ricky Rubio.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2022
Rubio was a great fit with the team at the beginning of the last season, until an injury sidelined him for the rest of the year.
He was then traded away…but now the Cavs have landed him again.
Rubio is returning to Cleveland on a three-year deal, which is music to the ears of many Cavaliers fans.
Rooting On Rubio
Some NBA fans were left a little confused by Cleveland’s choice to sign an aging, injury-prone guard.
But those people don’t remember the way Rubio perfectly fit with the Cavs at the start of last season.
Perhaps his most impressive and powerful feature was his desire to teach and mentor the younger players around him.
A quote from Ricky Rubio that always stuck with me is how his goal and job is to make Darius Garland better than he was the season before.
Well, now he's got three more years with the #Cavs to help push Garland to his absolute apex.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) July 1, 2022
Indeed, many people noticed how well he paired with young up-and-comers like Darius Garland.
Rubio has publicly said that his goal is to foster guys like Garland and turn them into even better players.
Ricky Rubio coming back to #Cavs is huge for Darius Garland. Rubio loved mentoring him. He embraced being a veteran leader.This team was playing at a different level before Rubio got hurt. Special advisor Jose Calderon was big in bringing Rubio back. They’re very close. @fox8news
— John Sabol (@John_Sabol) July 1, 2022
People throughout Cleveland are excited to see what Rubio can accomplish with Garland.
Others are noting just how smoothly the team was performing before Rubio was taken off the court because of his injury.
There was a lot of speed and kinetic energy when Rubio was on the floor.
— Dave @ BIGPLAY (@BIGPLAY_Dave) July 1, 2022
Others are happy for Rubio’s return because he brought with him a sort of energy and joy and playfulness that was missing the rest of the year.
As one fan put it, Rubio took the Cavs to a “super duper fun” levels of play.
Fans should prepare for more of that fun next season.