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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, a Spaniard, is continuing to adjust to the competition in the NBA after the serious injury to his left knee he suffered last season, and he said he is convinced that he will be back to normal by summer so that he can play with the Spanish national team in the European Basketball Championship.
“If the knee is OK and there’s nothing else ... I think it’ll go well for me and it’s always an honor to fight with the team,” Rubio told Efe.
But Rubio’s big challenge continues to be how much he can contribute on the court after his serious injury.
“It’s a tough thing because at first you’re not very good physically, but you have to fight. You have to not think much because sometimes you obsess ... whether you can return to being the same. You have to let time pass and for the effort and the work to bear fruit,” he said.
Rubio also admitted that he had gotten his first triple-double - notching 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists - against the San Antonio Spurs and said it was important, but above all because of the fact that the Wolves won the game.
“But, fine, it’s something I don’t like to think about until the end of the season. Now I’m just thinking about the team and trying to win each game and doing the best possible,” he said.
The 22-year-old Catalonian native said that so far this season he has played in 38 games, scoring an average 9.7 points per game, along with 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds.
Rubio also acknowledged that the Wolves (22-41) are not doing so well this season, saying “It’s difficult, to go every night and lose, but OK, it’s something we have to learn, because we’re a young team and this season we’ve been a little marked by injuries, but - no excuses - we have to want to win all the games.”