The Wait Continues
By Aish Abid
Minnesota Timberwolves 21 year old point guard; Ricky Rubio has had one astonishing but short season. Rubio was drafted 5th overall in the 2009 NBA draft from his hometown El Masnou, Barcelona. After the draft, the 6’4 guard from Spain decided that he did not want to go into the NBA immediately, and the media announced that Rubio would not come to the NBA until the 2011 season. Rubio’s father made public that his son would return to Spain for at least another season. Finally, the wait ended in the 2011-2012 NBA season, the long awaited European youngster finally made his debut with the Timberwolves. Rubio played an outstanding first game on December, 26 2011 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As of now, Ricky Rubio is averaging 10.6 points, 2.2 steals and 8.2 assists per game. Unfortunately, in a 105-102 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, Rubio collided with Kobe Bryant and fell to the ground holding his knee with 16.4 seconds left in the game. The rookie guard sustained an ACL tear in his left knee that night. It had been confirmed that Rubio would miss the remainder of the NBA season, and will also miss the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ricky Rubio played a very important role for the Wolves, taking them to the playoffs. Rubio has become one of the most popular NBA players this season, he achieved several accomplishments and played in the NBA BBVA Rising Star challenge in the 2012 All Star game. As we wait for Rubio’s return, he frequently updates his twitter (@rickyrubio9) informing his fans about his recovery. The recovery process is expected to take 6-9 months, so for the mean time; the fans will continue their wait for the rising star, and watch Ricky Rubio make his potential come back in the 2012-2013 NBA season.