“I see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel”

“I see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel”

“I see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel”

11/08/2022 at 08:00


“It has been robust, a number of ups and downs, good instances, dangerous…”, says the Cavaliers level guard, injured since December 2021

“I’m excited, I’ve labored laborious to return and I wish to do it 100%,” says the participant within the countdown to his return

Ricky Rubio Vives (October 21, 1990, El Masnou), after a protracted journey by the desert, greater than ten months since ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on December 29, 2021, He has began his countdown to return to the slopes.

The technician Aito Garcia Renesesbeing nonetheless Ricky a young person, taught him how you can be on and off the court docket. At simply 14 years previous, he made his debut within the ACB League with Joventut on October 15, 2005 and a meteoric profession would start: FC Barcelona (2009-2011); Minnesota Timberwolves (2011-2017); Utah Jazz (2017-2019); Phoenix Suns (2019-2020); Minnesota Timberwolves (2020-2021); Cleveland Cavaliers (2021-present). He is among the greatest Spanish gamers within the historical past of basketball. And now he needs to proceed writing extra chapters of his good profession.

Within the run-up to that long-awaited second, he spoke to SPORT to speak to us about how he has been all this time away from competitors, how he sees his return and his future plans.

Subsequent December shall be a 12 months since your critical harm, when is your restoration?

I am within the ultimate section, coaching with the group, seeking to really feel effectively bodily and mentally, for every little thing to attach and for every little thing to return to the way in which it was. I’m excited and searching ahead to it. I’ve labored laborious these final ten months to return to an awesome degree.

Do you have already got a date set in your return to the slopes?

No, this final section is the one that can outline, up or down, my return. Till I really feel good I will not give it some thought and, after I really feel good, it should take just a little longer to come back again, I wish to do it 100%.

I’m excited, I’ve labored laborious to return and I wish to do it 100%

How do you are feeling mentally after this lengthy interval away from competitors?

It has been laborious, many ups and downs, good instances, dangerous… Typically you do not understand the stuff you need till you do not have them, and basketball is one in every of them, I miss it, particularly competing. Ultimately, it is one thing you have carried inside for a very long time and to cease like that, rapidly, at a second as candy because the one I might had for thus many months, was irritating.

While you fell injured you had been signing one of the best season of your profession. Are you afraid of not understanding which Ricky will come again?

Not as a result of I’ve ready myself to regulate this case. You may by no means know the outcome however you’ll be able to work in the direction of it just a little. Mentally and bodily I’ve labored on all facets to get again to my greatest degree. Ultimately, there may be all the time concern, however the vital factor is the way you face it. If it would not paralyze you, concern makes you’re employed even tougher, it is one thing I have been conscious of since day one.

Who has been by your aspect all this time away from the hampers?

Whoops! Many individuals and due to them I’ve been in a position to transfer on, particularly my spouse Sara and my son Liam, who’ve endured my worst moments. My humor, the reality, has been fluctuating. I’ve had good moments but in addition dangerous ones and people closest to me have paid for it. On knowledgeable degree I’ve had and nonetheless have an awesome group by my aspect, particularly a physio because the first day I bought injured who has been at my disposal, one other bodily coach, the coach, associates too… they’re individuals to whom I’m very grateful. As a result of I do know I would not have completed this alone. Due to his motivation, his dedication and nice work I’m at this second, an awesome second, as a result of I already see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.

As quickly as you had been injured, you didn’t hesitate to affirm that you’d come again, even stronger…

Sure, I’ve labored on that purpose. Not solely to return, which I already took without any consideration, however I believe that every one the phases have been accomplished as we anticipated and now there may be solely the ultimate stretch of the restoration left and to take pleasure in.

My future? Play and be wholesome. I’ve three years left with Cleveland, then we’ll see

In sports activities, as soon as you come to the tracks, what goes by your head, what are your future plans?

Play first, clearly, play and be wholesome. From there, I nonetheless have three seasons left in Cleveland, then we’ll see. I do not wish to take this season as a transition 12 months as a result of I have not labored for it, however as soon as I play and the harm is forgotten I am going to be capable to look additional forward.

And once you put an finish to your lengthy journey within the NBA, do you could have in your plans to return to play your final years in Europe, in Spain?

(Smiles) I am nonetheless fascinated with the return and this could be fascinated with the return of the return. I might actually let you know however I’ve nothing deliberate. I’ve spent a lot power to have the ability to come again from the harm that I have not thought of it but.

Within the occasion that you just return to European basketball, you haven’t thought of whether or not you wish to return to Barça or one other group…

(Smiles once more) No, no…

Will your little 2-year-old Liam have a lot to do with that future?

Definitely, now it is not simply me making choices. After all my profession is vital, however no more vital than my private life, which can come into play quite a bit in my future choices.

I’ve spent a lot power coming again that I do not suppose what I am going to do after I go away the NBA

How did you reside the final Eurobasket and the gold of Spain?

Effectively, I suffered extra watching it on tv than throughout the group, however I skilled it with large delight, understanding all of the work behind it. Spain didn’t enter the swimming pools however they bought one of the best out of this sport and confirmed {that a} group is best than any particular person participant regardless of how good it’s. It’s an instance to show youngsters and see that once you work as a group you obtain massive objectives.

At 32, do you could have any desires left to meet?

Sure and no. Ultimately I’ve all the time dreamed of profitable a hoop within the NBA. Since Pau Gasol conquered the primary, I wished to be the second Spaniard to attain it, however Marc (laughs) beat me to it. I’ve discovered in my 12 years within the NBA that dreaming of the top result’s good, however understanding how you can get there and make the journey is much more vital. Ricky smiles once more.

This was his fateful harm

December 29, 2021. In the course of Christmas, Ricky Rubio was signing with the Cavs, on the Smoothie King Heart in New Orleans in opposition to the Pelicans, one in every of his greatest performances within the NBA. There have been solely 2 minutes and 20 seconds to go in a really even sport. The spectacular Spanish level guard had 27 factors, 13 rebounds and 9 assists, 2 steals and a couple of blocks, bordering on triple double. In an entry to the basket, the unpredictable would come. As he stepped towards the ring his left foot went to 1 aspect…and his knee to the opposite. He felt an incredible snap and went down with a cry of ache on the free throw line. His anterior cruciate ligament had been torn. He left the observe within the arms of his teammates, holding again tears. Ricky, at that second, already sensed that the harm was very critical…

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