People were always screaming for Ricky. It was like everyone just needed to see him or wanted to touch him or say hello to him. It was like he was bigger than the world at that time.
As his star continues to rise, former University of Utah forward and current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma has received a great deal of media attention lately.
A few days ago, he also received attention from a Laker legend, Kobe Bryant, as the two shared dinner together, according to a story from Bill Oram of The Orange County Register.
The dinner appointment, according to the story, was pretty much all business.
“I want to be good,” Kuzma said. “Why not learn from one of the best? So I took that approach. Of course, it was cool. But I had a lot of questions and I was really excited just to get to know him, meet him, learn from him.”
Ricky Rubio was like Justin Bieber, Joe Ingles says
Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio, center, poses with his teammates Joe Ingles, left, Victor Sada, second left, Jaka Lakovic, third left, Roger Grimau, second right, and Juan Carlos Navarro, right, after a press conference at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, June 17, 2011. | Manu Fernandez, Associated Press
New Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio has been on the basketball radar for nearly half his life, but there has been somewhat of a new interest with him since he's joined the Jazz this season.
On Monday, Rubio was the subject of a lengthy profile by The Ringer's Jordan Ritter Conn, where the Spaniard's path from superstardom in Spain to his up-and-down time with the Minnesota Timberwolves to his fresh start in Utah were detailed.
“I feel ready to do something special," Rubio said. "I feel ready to take the next step. I’ve played with a lot of doubts the last few years. I don’t have any doubts anymore.”
On a less serious note, Jazz swingman Joe Ingles described that while the two were teammates on the club team FC Barcelona in 2009, the hoopla surrounding Rubio was akin to the fame Justin Bieber has achieved.
“People were always screaming for Ricky," Ingles said. "It was like everyone just needed to see him or wanted to touch him or say hello to him. It was like he was bigger than the world at that time.”
- Should the Jazz tank?
- Rudy Gobert talks with Woj
- Derrick Favors is back in the spotlight
- Donovan Mitchell a big riser in NBA 2K18
- Utah's Ekpe Udoh is a delightful anomaly
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey has, for the most part, gained support from fans for the job he's done since arriving in Utah in 2012, but last week, he received legend status from his alma mater.
As seen in a video posted on the Baylor Basketball Twitter page, Lindsey was the featured guest at the program's "Lunch With A Legend" series. He reflected on his time with the Bears in the 1990s, the recent rise of the team, the fact that former Baylor players Udoh and Royce O'Neale play for the Jazz and his key to success.
"As much as anything, what I did and why I'm sitting here today is I just got really, really lucky to be associated with great people," he said. "I think the lesson as much as anything is be happy and great on where you're at and then people will notice if you do that."