Timberwolves suffer a body blow with loss of Ricky Rubio
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Then, with 16.4 seconds left and the Wolves leading 102-101, Rubio arrived to join a double-team on Bryant. It appeared as if Rubio’s left knee started to buckle before the actual collision. The call went to Kobe, of course, and he went to the line to put the Lakers ahead, as Rubio was being helped off the court.
Torn anterior cruciate ligament. Rubio figures to be seen next in a game at the Target Center around Christmastime, maybe later.
The torn ACL is suddenly an epidemic with prominent Twin Cities athletes. Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL on Dec. 24, but that was at the end of a lost Vikings season. Trevor Mbakwe, the Gophers’ best player, did the same on Nov. 27 — a sad event for the fifth-year senior, but before a Big Ten season that provided basketball that bordered on the unwatchable, from top to bottom.
Today’s NBA product displays such a superior level of brawn, brains and skills over the college game that it’s become the difference between basketball suited for 3D television and basketball that would be right at home with peach baskets.