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Lakers to Face Ricky Rubio, Barcelona in Preseason


This should be fun. It appears that the Lakers will visit Spain this October to play an exhibition game against Regal FC Barcelona. That's Pau Gasol's former team and a preseason Laker opponent back in 2008. The Lakers won that game at Staples 108 to 104, overcoming 34 points from Juan Carlos Navarro and 15 from current Milwaukee Buck Ersan Ilyasova.

The most intriguing dimension to this story is that it's a chance for Laker fans to see Ricky Rubio up close. After four seasons with DKV Joventut, Rubio signed a six-year deal with Barca this past offseason. His contract gives him the option to jump to the NBA in 2011.

Barcelona is the defending Spanish League champion. In addition to Rubio, they've still got Navarro along with one-time Orlando Magic draftee Fran Vazquez, former Maryland Terp Terence Morris and former Cincinnati Bearcat Pete Mickael. They're 11-0 in Euroleague play so far this season.

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