Ricky Rubio is standing up for fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, saying he doesn’t think it’s fair that the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing Gasol off the bench this season.
Rubio was asked about his close friend Gasol on Thursday, one day before his Minnesota Timberwolves were scheduled to host the Lakers. The two talk often during the season and seek each other out during tough stretches.
It’s been a difficult season for Gasol, who was coming off a dominant performance for the Spain team at the London Olympics.
He’s missed big chunks of time with tendinitis in his knees and a concussion and hasn’t seemed to find a role in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. D’Antoni has been starting journeyman Earl Clark in Gasol’s place, something that Gasol and Rubio don’t like.
“He proved to the league he is one of the best,” Rubio said.
“He can pass. He can shoot. He can rebound. He can do a lot of things. I think if you use him in the right way he is a top player in this league. If they don’t want him, we are more than welcome to get him.”