Ricky Rubio Injury Update; April 10, 2012
On March 9, 2012 Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio suffered an injury after colliding with Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant. Rubio travelled to Colorado for more than two weeks to undergo surgery in order to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. Rubio met with the media to discuss his injury for the first time this afternoon, back in Minnesota.
Ricky does not know when he will return and has yet to confirm a return for training camp. He will not participate in the Olympics this summer as well. “I don’t know when I’ll come back,” he said. “The most important thing is to make sure when I come back it’s 100 percent. I don’t know if it’s training camp, I don’t know if it’s first week, second week. I don’t want to put a date. It depends how my knee feels.”
When asked, if he’s worried about begin the same player when he returns, he answered, “Of course, I always think in my mind what can happen, especially the first couple of days after surgery when you can’t move your knee. You just think about it, think about if you can come back. You just have to be strong and do your best to come back even harder. I love basketball. I love playing basketball. I’m going to do my best.”
“You always have to think about everything. You just have to keep the right one. If not, I think, ‘I got hurt, I’ll be out 6-9 months, maybe I won’t be the player I was before.’ It’s not the right thing. I mean, it can be. It can be that you are better than you were.”
Rubio will have a check up in four weeks in Vail with Dr. Richard Steadman, he will talk with his doctor about any updates at that time. At this point, Rubio is not sure if he will continue his rehab in Spain or Minnesota this coming summer, but by the sounds of it, he was leaning towards Spain.
“I don’t know yet. See how the knee goes. Everything after that, we’ll talk about it. I want to make sure my knee is 100 percent when I get back. I think being back in Spain is an option for my mind, especially to be with my family. But I don’t know yet.”
When questioned on what he thought the night he was injured, Rubio replied; “It was hard, because when I got hit in the game, I was thinking it hurts. I didn’t think it hurts to be out 6-9 months. But when they explained the injury I had, it was sad. But after seeing all the support from my teammates, all the players from the league, I was feeling good. I knew it’d be a long process. I just have to be positive.”
Rubio was asked about losing the season and miss this summer’s Olympics in London; “It’s going to be sad losing an Olympic Games, but the good point is that I played one already so I know what I’m going to lose. It’s hard. It’s going to be hard. Like I said, there’s nothing I can do to be there right now.”
“It’s hard to watch games and you know you can’t play. You want to play so bad. You just have to enjoy watching basketball, it’s the only thing you can do,” Rubio said. “This year was good for me. I learned a lot of things. It was a short season, but it was good.”
Ricky doesn’t want to look father than four weeks into his rehab schedule. That is when he comes off his crutches for the first time. Lastly, when asked if he thinks it’ll be closer to one or the other, he said, “I don’t know. The doctor said that he put nine months and everything that we take more is good. I don’t know, it depends on the knee. Everybody has knee injures, not everybody answers the same surgery the same way. I have four weeks now to take off these crutches that I start hating them. We will see.”
“We are a young team,” Rubio concludes. “We have to finish hard and show everybody what we can do.”