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Mike Max’s News And Notes For 06/14

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Ricky Rubio will play for a national team in Spain this summer regardless if there is a lockout in the NBA.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves first round pick Christian Laettner is running a basketball academy in Florida and plans on doing some day camps in Minnesota this summer.

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Former Dallas Maverick and Augsburg grad Devean George sat out this season. He said he won’t play overseas but would consider an NBA opportunity.

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Gopher hockey coach Don Lucia and other college coaches had a meeting with the NHL that was about treating the college game with more respect.

“I think the new collective bargaining agreement; some things went into effect last time that they didn’t anticipate the consequences of collateral damage. They want to continue to make college hockey stronger. There’s basically three feeder systems to the National Hockey League; the European Elite Leagues, the Canadian Hockey League and the certainly college hockey. And they understand that we’re a very important part of the component,” said Lucia.

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Former Minnesota Wild head coach Todd Richards has few teams interested in him for assistant coaching positions.

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Chaska’s Brad Hand had over 20 family and friends make it to his big league debut for the Florida Marlins.

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How about a little football in the presidential race? The word is Former Minnesota governor and now GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is getting quite a bit of help in Iowa from Ed Podolak, former Iowa Hawkeye and Kansas City Chief running back.

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