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Learn Spanish with Ricky Rubio: A good teammate

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We are so happy to be establishing this segment on a regular basis with you Rubio lovers after a few weeks off to start the new year.

It was a dark beginning to 2014, but for the second time in eight days, our bi-lingual love ball is back to bringing us the best and brightest of the Spanish language, one eye-opening tweet at a time.

Last week, Rubio echoed the sentiments of Spanish national team backcourt-mate Jose Calderon, who simply can't wait for the FIBA World Championships in Granada this summer.

Now that we're back into a groove with Ricky, he's digging deep to bring us, and his maybe-teammate-one-day, encouraging words and support.

TRANSLATION: The best news of the day!! Henk Norel is back! Congratulations friend! Now do not stop!

That's Ricky retweeting Pau Ribas, guard for Valencia Basket in Spain, a team in the same league as Rubio's former Spanish club, FC Barcelona.

Ribas is expressing joy that Henk Norel, second-round pick of the Wolves in 2009, has returned from a partially torn ACL he suffered in March.

Norel was having a breakout season for his Spanish team in 2013, CAI Zaragoza, before suffering the injury. This article on Norel's misfortune calls the big man Zaragoza's best player in a season he averaged over 13 points per game.

Oh Ricky, even though Norel may never don a Wolves uniform (we're frankly not even sure Minnesota still has Norel's rights since it's been so long since his drafting), your compassion and love for the wellbeing of your fellow Spanish league basketball stars continues to know no bounds.

Your soft-hearted nature and rule-with-a-behind-the-back-pass style on the court gives us something to look forward to on these bitter Minnesota nights.

We love you.

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