Ricky Rubio grew up obsessed with Michael Jordan and “wanted to be black”
Editor in Chief
Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.
Follow @David Astramskas
During a recent interview with Cadena Ser, Spaniard Ricky Rubio talked about his love for the GOAT (Michael Jordan) and growing up wanting to be…black. Seriously, as a child, he wanted to grow up to be a black man. Here’s his full quote, translated by HoopsHype.
I was obsessed with Jordan. I just watched the NBA and just watched black players. I wanted to play (in the States) and I told my mother I wanted to be black.
Unfortunately, he grew up to be a couple of inches shorter and a few shades lighter than MJ. He also can’t fly or shoot or play D like Mike. But in my book, he can be just as fun to watch…sometimes.
Even when he’s missing wide-open jumpers, it’s hard not to like this guy after reading that quote and watching these videos.