Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on March 9, roughly seven weeks before Derrick Rose’s injury.
But listening to Rubio and coach Rick Adelman talk about the recovery, it sounds as though Rose is farther along in his rehab.
“I’m able to jump a little bit, but only moving forward, no lateral yet,” Rubio said Friday at the United Center. “I’m hoping two weeks, something like that. I’ll start running harder and longer. If I don’t have swelling at all, I can start doing more things.”
Rose has been shooting jump shots for a few weeks, at least. On media day, Rose said he’d try to make cuts on the floor in two weeks. That would have happened this week, if he stayed on schedule, but there haven’t been many specific updates about Rose’s workouts.
One possible difference between the two point guards is Rubio tore both the ACL and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) in his left knee. Rose tore the ACL only and had some minor repair work done on the cartilage.
Rose isn’t expected back until at least February, but there is no exact timetable for either player.
“It’s a tough injury. You’re six to eight months without playing your favorite sport,” Rubio said. “I just wish (Rose) as healthy a recovery as he can.”
Wolves, Bulls share tough luck:
The Timberwolves received more bad news on the injury front this week. All-star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with two broken bones in his right hand.
Love said in a statement the injury occurred while he was doing “knuckle push ups” before Wednesday’s practice.
Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said he didn’t bother to commiserate with Tom Thibodeau about surviving without injured all-stars.
“I think the difference is they (the Bulls) still have some really good veterans who have been through the war,” Adelman said. “(Thibodeau’s) done a great job of getting them to understand what they have to do to win. We’re still trying to learn that with all the new people we have.
“That’s why losing Kevin right now is really tough, because we’ve got to start all over. We don’t really have an identity yet of how we’re going to win.”
Rubio talks recovery:
During his chat with reporters, injured Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio gave some insight toward his recovery from knee surgery.
“In the beginning it was physical, because you were in so much pain,” he said. “You had to fight every day and you had to bend the knee and every day was like painful.
“Then when that pain goes away and you just have to work out and see your teammates or all your friends — not only playing basketball games, but basketball in the street. This summer, (when) I was sitting on the side, it was too hard mentally. It’s hard because you want to play.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.