Ricky Rubio has made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Despite the serious injury he suffered on Tuesday, which will prevent him from playing the rest of the season, wants to continue being part of the team and help his colleagues.
Rubio broke his anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee on Tuesday when he starred one of the best games of his NBA career against the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to several US media published this Thursday, Rubio's injury has forced the Cavaliers to start talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to gain the services of Rajon Rondo.
Rondo, 35 years old of age, could join the Cavs discipline this Friday.
East Thursday, Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff revealed during a press conference that he spoke with Rubio on Wednesday night, after knowing the severity of the injury, and the Spanish player told him that “still wants to be part of the team.”
The Cavs coach, who since Rubio arrived at the start of this season has designated the Spanish point guard as one of the main reasons for the good game of the Cleveland team, added that his Interest in staying linked is very important.
Bickerstaff explained that “This was the last year of his contract and he could easily have said goodbye for the injury. “
“But in our conversation he told me that it was not over and that he wanted to continue being part of the team. That's the kind of person “he continued.
Bickerstaff added that the Cavaliers also want Rubio to remain involved with the team while he recovers.
“We want him around us. His personality is contagious. His spirit is contagious . Your knowledge of the equipment is helpful. His level of competitiveness and his ability to activate players is a help, “he said.
“When you can, we want you around the team as much as possible “ concluded.
Rubio's loss joins that of the Cavs' starting point guard, Darius Garland , temporarily absent due to covid protocols , and Collin Sexton. Sexton has also undergone knee surgery and will not be able to play during the rest of the season.