Timberwolves introduce Ricky Rubio

June 21, 2011 - 1:15 PM
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Ricky Rubio of Spain, the Minnesota Timberwolves 2009 first round draft pick, meets the media during an introductory basketball news conference, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Minneapolis. Rubio signed to a multi-year contract with the NBA basketball team. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) โ€” Ricky Rubio admits there were some doubts when he was initially drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Now that he is finally in the United States and committed to playing for the team, he says he feels comfortable in Minnesota and he's ready to start his NBA dream.

The Timberwolves held an introductory press conference Tuesday for the 20-year-old Spanish point guard who kept them waiting for two years. The Wolves drafted him fifth overall in 2009, but a large buyout kept Rubio from coming over sooner.

Rubio says seeing the Twin Cities up close for really the first time has him excited for his new home. Rubio will be in town for a week before returning to Spain to get ready to play with the national team in the European championships.