MINNEAPOLIS The state of Minnesota just let out a massive sigh. After an eight-month absence, Ricky Rubio is back well, almost.
The Timberwolves announced Wednesday that Rubio has been cleared to participate in full-contact practices with no limitations. He visited with Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., early this week, and this was the outcome the team expected going into the final consultation.
Rubio tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee March 9 during the Timberwolves' home loss to the Lakers. He had surgery to repair the torn ligaments nearly two weeks later, on March 21, and now, just eight months and a week later, he's been cleared to play. It's a quick recovery from an injury that usually takes a minimum of nine months of rehab, and now Rubio will work to integrate himself into the Timberwolves' system.
After spending the beginning of this season on the bench and getting very involved with the team's game plans, Rubio began participating in no-contact 5-on-0 drills ea...