Ricky Rubio completed his first contact training session with the rest of his teammates on the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves after being on the injured list for eight months, and he said he was "very happy" at how his left knee responded to the activity.
The 22-year-old Spaniard, who underwent knee surgery in March, said that he had not lost any of his ballhandling instincts, his game vision and the special way in which he deals with his teammates in the interim.
Although he will have to be patient until he gets back into top form, particularly regarding the speed he had before being injured, Rubio gave a good impression on the court and that also pleased Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, who had been concerned about how the guard might react in his first real workout since the surgery.
"After a long time, I'm on the court again," the Spaniard said following the practice. "It felt pretty good to start knowing my teammates again."
Rubio's return to competition is considered to be crucial for the Timberwolves, who are now 7-8.
Despite the fact that Kevin Love and Andrei Kirilenko are out sick, Rubio's presence at training filled the rest of his comrades with enthusiasm and hope.
Rubio participated in the five-on-five training session and later spent another hour running and shooting to condition his legs and start getting back up to snuff.
But at the end of the session, he admitted that sometimes he was having a little pain in his knee.
"It will feel weird for a while," Rubio said. "Until I'm feeling great and nothing at all about my knee, I'm not going to play. Actually, I'm happy about today." EFE