Its Official: Rubio has torn acl. Thousands in Minnesota weep tears of sorrow. Nbanflguy to go into a coma soon
Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio’s compelling rookie season is over, ended by a torn anterior-cruciate knee ligament that ends his season, a team source said this afternoon.
Just when the franchise finally had reversed four long, losing seasons by surpassing .500 to become a playoff contender for the first time since 2004, Rubio was injured late in Friday’s home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rehabilitation time for such an injury usually is six to nine months, which means Rubio also likely will miss playing for Spain in the London Summer Olympics that begin in July.
On Thursday, the NBA introduced a commercial on its TNT doubleheader promoting Rubio’s passion, “unbridled joy” and ability to see things before they happen, which is why the commercial’s tag line is, “So he already knows El Futuro Es Big.”
That, btw, means The Future is Big.
On Friday, Rubio fell to the floor clutching his left knee and shin after he went to help defend Lakers star Kobe Bryant. He planted to his left foot in an attempt to block Bryant’s path with the ball and his knee appeared to buckle just before he collided with Bryant.
He was called for a foul on the play, an infraction that sent Bryant to the free-throw line for the eventual game-winning free throws in a 105-102 victory.
The Wolves not only lost the game on the play, they lost their starting point guard and a player who finally, after all these years, has made them internationally relevant again.
Rubio was helped to the bench, where he held his hand over his eyes while the team’s athletic trainer probed Rubio’s knee with his hands.
He tried to walk during an ensuing timeout, but only made it a few steps before the knee gave out on him and he was helped back to the bench. Teammates helped him to the locker room at the game’s conclusion and he later left the arena walking with the help of a friend.
As of Friday night, Rubio and fellow rookie Derrick Williams were the only Timberwolves who had played in all 41 games this season.
He had started 31 of those after coach Rick Adelman brought him off the bench for his first 10 NBA games before moving him into the starting lineup alongside fellow point guard Luke Ridnour.
Without him, the Wolves are left with veterans Ridnour and J.J. Barea at point guard.
Barea has missed 18 games this season because of a variety of injuries, the latest being a sprained ankle that’s expected to keep him sidelined until the Wolves embark on a seven-game, 13-day road trip that begins Monday in Phoenix.
The Wolves ended Friday’s game – their 18th consecutive loss to the Lakers – without either Rubio or Love.
Love was a late scratch to the lineup because of back spasms that had bothered him since he fell during a game against Portland on Wednesday.
Off to the Lottery for the Wolves
actually their pick goes to New Orleans, try and keep up
This truly hurts Minny's chances of holding on to the last seed in the West. But look on the bright side, you guys know what you have in Rubio. He is and will continue to develop into a great player for years to come. All those questions of him translating his game to NBA level can come to a close.
yeah it sucks for them i love watching them play. he is one of my fav players to watch... Maybe Malcolm Lee can ball out for them
playoffs but they'll need Ridnour or some PG to really step up. Most likely they'll just give the ROY to Irving now.
Too bad, was really looking foward to seeing him in the playoffs, potentially pulling off an upset. I hope he recovers quickly, and is back by the start of next season. This is a sad setback, but the T-Wolves will still be fighting for their playoff lives.
One good thing about Kahn is that he stocks point guards, lol. Ridnour has played well at the two alongside Rubio, but I don't think he would be a good point in their fast paced offense. JJ Barea is in the sense the opposite of Rubio, Even though he pushes the ball, he looks to score first, but they will have to have an offense predicated on ball movement rather than one man running the show.
This makes it a little more important to get Jamal Crawford now, to give them a little more of a scoring punch, but you can't replicate a guy that runs the point like Rubio.
The T-Wolves won't be as good now as they were with Rubio, but if they can get in the playoffs, I think they can still be dangerous IF Beasley and Derrick Williams emerge as prime time scoring options. I don't think they should trade Beasley for pennies on the dollar, but I guess they just want somthing for him instead of losing him for nothing.
How horrible to hear. Rubios out so there isn't much chance of them holding onto the 8th seed now. At least the future looks good there.
I'm guessing Love's production will drop. One half of the second best pick n roll game in the NBA is out for the season. Rubio's playmaking ability will be missed.
still have Ridnour and Barea but won't be as good.
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The good thing for Rubio is that he has played well until now, albiet it be on 35% shooting. It would be a lot worse if he had struggled and people were calling him a bust and then he got hurt, ala Greg Oden.(Although we forget that Oden was averaing 11 and 8 in just 23 minutes a game before he got hurt. That's 16 and 12 per 36 minutes in his second season. That's Andrew Bynum-like numbers, and that was only his second season.)
@Jlv2012 even if Rubio didn't get injured, Kyrie Irving would've been the runaway Rookie of the Year winner.
Really hate this for Minnesota, hopefully he can get back and be 100% at the start of next season. I'm also pissed off that he won't be able to play in the Olympics...Spain would've been a fun team to watch with Rubio at the helm.
New Orleans must be happy.
^Yes, that's one underated factor about this, and people don't realize how them making hte playoffs, and not making it totally affects New Orleans. As of yesterday before the loss, they were tied with Houston for he 8th spot. Had they lost one more game, NO would get at least the 14th pick. But had they won 2 more games, NO would get the 24th or 25th pick. A HUGE difference. And The T-Wolves probably won't be any higher than 7th or 8th, or any lower than 10th or 11th. So either NO will get a mid-late pick at 19, or a late lotto at 14, with no in between.
Sucks obviously. Hopefully he takes his time to make a full recovery. I don't think this ends minnesotas chances of making playoffs, but other guys gotta step up.
I think he should definitely skip the Olympics, which is definitely sad :(. Definite bummer for one of the more fun new players in the league, hope that he does indeed take his time to recover, for the sake of the longevity of his career.
Does this mean that Rubio will miss a chunk of the 2012-2013 season as well?
I think he'd be back in time for the entire 2012-13 NBA season, that's 8 months from now,but then again who knows.
yeah he should miss maybe training camp, but he should be back
Damn ppl not knowing the Hornets have the Wolves pick.
Also he wasn't winning ROY most likely anyway not with Irving's play.
Wolves won't make the playoffs not with Suns, Jazz, Blazers, Twolves all separated by 2 games.
They've played 5 more home games than road games too so far.
You can hear the Wolves' playoff hopes deflating.
Hopefully Ricky Rubio can get back fit and sound and the injury does him no long term damage, at least for a PG thir game is more ground based so it's not like a big frontcourter getting a similar injury.
It will be interesting to see how Coach Adelman covers Rubio's minutes, maybe Ridnor moves across to point and Johnson to SG with Webster, Beasley and Williams all seeing extra minutes at SF to compensate for Johnson moving to SG.
i blame Kahn lol jk
Damn, I'm shocked.
His knee didn't give the way it normally does when you tear an ACL.
Damn... I feel for kid. An ACL tear is a two year injury before you get back to 100%.
He will also miss the Olympics. Big loss also for Spain.
I really h0pe this 0pens the d00r f0r Malc0lm Lee t0 get s0me minutes. I want t0 see what he is capable 0f d0ing given the recent success 0f UCLA guards in the NBA.
Does anyone know the long term effects for Ricky ? Alot of players injure their knees and don't come back 100%.
Will be a shame not only for Minnesota but for bball fans everywhere across the world....
:-( --- that's all I can say
Well, the good thing is that Rubio was never an above the rim player. It's not like he's an elite level athlete.
He'll bounce back strong IF he goes hard at his rehab. That's the key really... That physical therapy is crucial.