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Ricky Rubio Speaks For First Time Since Tearing His ACL

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Ricky Rubio spoke with the media for the first time since tearing his ACL March 9 Tuesday afternoon at the Target Center.

Rubio has been in Colorado for the past two weeks recovering from knee surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. The Spanish phenom will be out six to nine months and will miss the Summer Olympic Games. Via Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune:

"It's going to be sad losing an Olympic Games, but the good point is I play one already so I know what I'm going to lose. It's hard. It's going to be hard. Like I said, there's nothing I can do to be there right now."

Rubio said he was unsure whether he would rehab in Minnesota or in Spain during the summer and also mentioned that he couldn't say whether or not he would return for the start of training camp.

"I don’t if it will be training camp, don’t know when I’ll come back," he said. "The most important thing is to make sure when I come back it's 100 percent. I don’t know if it's training camp, I don’t know if it's first week, second week (of regular season). I don’t want to put a date. It depends how my knee feels."

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