Donovan Mitchell became a Barcelona fan because of Ricky Rubio

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Aris Barkas

22/Feb/24 20:41

The NBA legacy of Ricky Rubio is alive and well, defined as a mentor according to Donovan Mitchell

By Eurohoops team/

Ricky Rubio returned to action and the whole basketball world is happy, including Donovan Mitchell.

Rubio was a mentor to him, as Mitchell said to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo and explained what Rubio means to the young NBA stars that he played with.

As he said: “The most beautiful thing is to have been able to see him almost becoming a father, to see the gradual growth off the court. On the court, he has worked with me, Book (Booker), Ant (Anthony Edwards), Darius (Garland)… All Stars. Something I have to say is that he is like a guru in that sense, but seeing him grow as a person, his family, seeing how he has put it together in that way towards the end of his career… For me, it is a full circle moment”.

And of course, the news of Rubio’s return to action made Mitchell happy: “It’s good to see him there playing again in Spain. For me it’s just the gradual growth, seeing such an incredible career, seeing him grow from the kid I used to watch (on TV), passing through Utah”.

Last but not least, Mitchell has become a fan of Barcelona, because of Ricky Rubio: “I have to be a Barça fan because of him, I will always give him love and support, he is my boy and I appreciate everything he has done for me”.