There are few things in this world Ricky Rubio loves more than basketball, the electricity he feels when he's on the fastbreak, teammates running with him and a no-look lob pass just begging to be thrown.
His mother, Tona, was certainly one of them.
The point guard spent all of last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves watching from afar as Tona's body slowly succumbed to lung cancer, and there were times that he wondered if he should be playing at all.
"Sometimes at night during the season I was going through hell," Rubio told The Associated Press as Spain prepared for a showdown with the United States in the Rio Olympics semifinals Friday. "Waking...