MADRID (EuroBasket | NBA) - Ricky Rubio has already packed an incredible amount into his 20 years, but this summer might be his busiest ever.
The Spain guard is preparing for the EuroBasket while at the same time gearing up for a life-altering move from his native country to the United States, where he will begin his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves once the lockout is resolved.
A man who has already collected an Olympic silver medal, a European gold, ACB and Euroleague honours and played in a FIBA World Championship is not phased by much, and he is trying to bring his usual calm to this latest adventure.
"I approach it with more hope than fear, and with great respect for things," he said.
"I have a huge desire to live this experience, both on the court and off it. I have never moved house before. I have never had that change. I want to have that change of culture, though I don't want to lose the connection to family that I have."
Rubio can expect the changes to be big, both on and off the court.
"I think it will be physically harder than Europe - I will need to do more weights," he said of the NBA's playing style.
As for his living arrangements, he is having to consider things that were never a factor in Barcelona.
"I need to find a house where I won't get snowed in," he said. "My new colleagues have already told me where to look."
The Timberwolves are hoping Rubio can give them a huge lift after they struggled mightily last season.
He is used to heavy expectations, having been hyped up since he first began playing. But Rubio is trying not to get caught up in it.
"I try to isolate these things," he said. "I try to play relaxed, without pressure."
And before the NBA becomes a concern, Rubio must first help the national team in Lithuania.
"We will go all out and aim for the gold," he said. "But we are better not making any predictions. We need to make sure we get a ticket for the Olympics."