If you’re anything like me, you grew up playing “NBA Live” on Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, trying to replicate your friends with create-a-player so you could play an entire NBA season with your junior high team.

Well, Ricky Rubio is not like us, because he is basically 11 years old. From Timberwolves.com:

Jonah Ballow: What do you expect your emotions to be like when you step on the Target Center floor in Minneapolis for your first NBA game?

Ricky Rubio: I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it. I can’t wait for that day to come. Since you are a kid you imagine you playing on NBA Live on PSP or something when you are playing, and you see Kobe Bryant or something and you want to be over there one day and you just dream about that and never think it’s going to happen and now I can do that.

Just for reference, the first installment of the series available for PlayStation Portable was “NBA Live 2006,” which was released when Ricky was 15 and us old folks were telling all of our friends how great the first Wolf Parade record was because we’re so cool and we know all about the hippest music. This is a guy reminiscing about a childhood where he played a legendary series of games on a game system that wasn’t even released until 2005. If that doesn’t make you feel old, then you are probably Ricky Rubio, Justin Bieber or in “Twilight.”

As for me, I’m going to go purée some peas so that I can finally get this prune juice taste out of my mouth. Then I’ll probably take a nap, watch “Matlock” and treat myself to some Werther’s Originals before going to bed before the sun goes down. Old age is the worst and my bones hurt.

(via NBA Offseason)

Comments (6)

  1. I don’t even know what a “Wolf Parade” is.

  2. RIP Wolf Parade

  3. I’m the same age as Rubio, but the first basketball videogame I played was Tecmo Super NBA Basketball on the Super Nintendo.

  4. And he was 5 years old when Kobe Bryant was a rookie…

  5. You think you’re old! I grew up playing Pong on my Magnavox Odyssey 4000.

  6. I’m a year younger than Rubio and my first basketballgame experience was on Nba 2k, the first one(1999) , on the dreamcast, so I’m guessing he’s just not that much of a gamer =p

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