Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio returned to the practice floor Sunday for the first time since tearing the ACL in his left knee on March 9.
“After a long time, I’m on the court again,” Rubio said. “It felt pretty good to start knowing my teammates again.”
Rubio has been pleased with the progress his knee has made and said it responded well to Sunday’s full-contact practice. While there was some natural discomfort in his knee at times, Rubio participated in five-on-five scrimmages in practice and then stayed after for almost an hour for extra work.
The Timberwolves will bring Rubio along cautiously and there has been no set date for his return.
“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.
“I felt pretty good, but I want to be perfect. I have to work hard. I have to keep working and see where I’m at.”
“He passed the ball very well, got to spots,” coach Rick Adelman said. “That’s always going to be there. It’s just going to be his conditioning and his legs and how long can he go? That’s going to be the biggest thing.”