Rubio Knee Surgery Complete To Repair ACL, LCL
The Minnesota Timberwolves and their fans suffered a tremendous setback earlier this month when guard Ricky Rubio injured what was then reported to be a torn ACL that ended what had been a dazzling rookie season. This week, the Spanish sensation underwent successful surgery today to reconstruct a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and a torn LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in his left knee. In a press release from the team we learned that the surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Rubio’s injury occurred with 16 seconds remaining in the Timberwolves game vs. the L.A. Lakers on Friday, March 9. To make matters worse, the Wolves were moments away from snapping a then 17-game losing streak to the Lakers.
Rubio, acquired by Minnesota with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, appeared in 41 games (31 starts) for the Wolves this season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.22 steals. The rookie compiled 12 point/assist double-doubles and dished out 10+ assists on 15 occasions. The editor of this website predicted Rubio would be the Rookie of the Year in the NBA, but that award will likely go to last year’s #1 pick Kyrie Irving At the time of his injury, Rubio ranked 3rd in the NBA in steals and 5th in assists.