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The wide smile still flashed on Ricky Rubio’s face, quicker than one of his slick no-look passes in the lane. NFL spreads

Yes, the extraordinary Minnesota Timberwolves point guard sighed a couple of times during his 1st public comments about the torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee that cut short his promising rookie year. He recognized feeling “sad, crazy” immediately after the injury.

The crutches he used to reach the podium will be at his side for another month. He announced he’s unsure if he is going to be recovered in time to take part in training camp or the beginning of next season. NFL betting lines

But Rubio, who had reconstructive surgery on March 21, remained his typical optimistic self, displaying once again the optimistic approach that fits nicely with the boyish looks that only augmented the soaring recognition founded by his basketball abilities.

“I was thrilled to see all the folk helping me and just giving shout-outs,” Rubio related at Target Center, referring to well wishes he’s received from fellow NBA stars like Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade, along with support from “people on the street.”

The Wolves were in 8th place in the Western Conference and in line for a playoff spot right before Rubio was hurt in the closing seconds of a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9. They are 4-13 since his injury, falling to 25-33.

After rehabilitating for more than 2 weeks in Vail, Colorado, where Doctor. Richard Steadman performed the process Rubio returned to Minnesota and attended his team’s game on Monday for the 1st time since he was hurt.

Rubio has a follow-up exam in a month with Steadman. Until then, it’s worthless to place a register on his return. The Timberwolves have asserted they expect he will be ready for the start of the 2012-13 regular season, which could be about 7½ months from the injury, but recovery can take so long as 9 months.

“I don’t know when I’m going to come back. The 1st thing that I’d like to make sure is when I return, I’m one hundred percent,” recounted Rubio. “I don’t want to put a date on it, because it depends on how my knee feels.”

Rubio stated that he failed to believe the injury was bad when it occurred – perhaps he’d miss “one or 2 games, not the entire season” — but he soon found out how heavy it was. His protected left leg – which he will not bend very far, yet — takes up too much space for him to drive.

In his 1st season after arriving from Spain, the 21-year-old — the 5th overall draft pick by the Wolves in 2009 — was averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game. His effect was much larger than that, helping revitalize an organization and a follower base that’s been stuck in a lottery rut for the previous seven years.

“You just need to be strong and try your best to try to come back even harder. I like basketball. I adore playing basketball and I’m going to do my utmost to play soon,” Rubio said.

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