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Now that the Hornets are (happily for me) out of Berlin and into the more comfortable (again, for me) realm of Spain, it's been a lot easier to read Spanish newspaper articles featuring Hornets players. Now, if only there were more than just one of them (seriously, it's like the Spanish and German don't even know these players are there).
After spending more time looking for Spanish articles on the Hornets of "Nueva Orleans" than is probably healthy or sane, I could only come up with one article that even makes passing mention to the team's visit to Barcelona (maybe there will be more tomorrow for the Hornets actual game). In this article, published on the Spanish Web site Sport, Chris Paul talks about Ricky Rubio, Spain's 17-year-old basketball phenom that played on the Spanish national team in the Olympics. The two played against each other in Beijing and in a 3-on-3 pick-up game on a playground court in Barcelona.
You could Babelfish the Web site if you'd like or you could trust me when I say that Chris Paul is quoted thusly:
"The thing with Ricky is crazy. I'm sitting here next to him and thinking about how much I had to go through to get to his level. He's 17-years-old and has already played in an Olympics and soon he's going to be taking my spot," Paul said.
Ricky was flattered by the compliments, as any 17-year-old kid would be when an NBA All-Star and MVP candidate is throwing you props. As for taking Chris Pauls' place? That may be a stretch.