The MRI confirms his serious left knee injury, the same one that was injured in 20212, and he will be out for seven to nine months
The worst possible news for Ricky Rubio was confirmed. The Spanish point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers suffers a torn anterior ligament in his left knee (ACL) and will be out for seven to nine months, so he says goodbye to the season. This was confirmed by an MRI to which the Spanish base was subjected after being injured in the last moments of the game that his team played against the Pelicans.
It so happens that the Catalan baseman already seriously damaged this same joint in 2012, when he broke his cruciate ligaments in his first season in the NBA. It was on the occasion of a defensive play against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers and that made him end in the worst possible way that campaign of his debut in the best league in the world with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Already at the time of the injury, the worst was expected, because the player withdrew without being able to support his left knee, with ostensible gestures of pain, and had to be helped by his teammates on the way to the changing room tunnel. Ricky left the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans off his knee and on crutches.
Minutes before, the player was left lying after a slip in a penetration without contact or intervention from any rival player. The injury occurred with just over two minutes of play left in the fourth quarter. The obvious gestures of pain from the Masnou point guard and the quick request for a change with signals to the bench left the fans and teammates frozen to a point where he has transformed this season with his presence at the Cavaliers, a franchise that ranks fifth in the Conference This one with 20 wins and 14 losses, when it was expected that he could not even fight to sneak into the playoffs.
The injury also comes in one of the best moments of Ricky Rubio in the NBA, where he averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists, which had earned him a place among the favorites to be in the next ‘ All Star ‘.
Future in the air
The injury occurs at a tricky moment for him, when he was giving one of the highest performance peaks of his career, being key to making the Cavs the revelation team of the season, who were considering offering him the renewal for two or three more seasons, since the contract ends this summer.
Unless the Cavaliers extend his contract, which ends at the end of the season, Ricky Rubio may find himself without a contract when next season starts. At 31 years old and fresh from injury, it will be difficult for a team to sign a counter, although the Cavaliers could renew a campaign to make the recovery of the Spanish point guard with the peace of mind of having his future assured.