Knott: This pick may leave Minnesota out in cold

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Besides giving away shooters and drafting point guards, no one can be sure.

Rubio figures he can stay in Spain the next season or two and wait out a trade.

That is preferable to being stranded in a blizzard in Minneapolis, which lost the Lakers long before it lost Kevin Garnett.

Rubio has drawn comparisons to Maravich because of the behind-the-back pass that occasionally finds its intended target and the floppy dark hair.

Not that a copious amount of hair, dark or otherwise, is useful to a basketball player.

Rubio is neither a highly skilled shooter nor physically imposing.

The notion that the Wizards might one day rue the lost opportunity of Rubio suggests he is destined to be a star and that the foundation of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison should have been sacrificed.

Arenas, Butler and Jamison do not have three or four seasons to wait on Rubio or anyone else, and really, the fan base is tired of all the waiting anyway.

If the objective before the Wizards is to win now - and it should be - then surround Arenas, Butler and Jamison with the pieces that will allow them to thrive and be done with it. That was Grunfeld’s motivation in the days leading up to the NBA Draft.

So it is the beleaguered Kahn who is being held hostage by an 18-year-old weatherman.

“We will put no pressure whatsoever on Ricky or his family or his agent during this process,” Kahn said of Rubio’s no-show at the introductory news conference.

That is awfully kind of Kahn, considering the pressure he is under after dismissing Kevin McHale, sending a care package to the Wizards and drafting Rubio and Flynn, who are scratching their heads at the thought of being paired together.

They are not the only ones.

Rubio can’t shoot, and the diminutive Flynn can’t grow.

Maybe Grunfeld should telephone Kahn to see whether there is anything he can do to help.

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