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Ricky Rubio is behind Derrick Rose in his recovery

Oct 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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Ricky Rubio tore his ACL in March. Derrick Rose tore his in April. Both players are point guards who their teams desperately need back on the floor, both face an excruciating journey back to the court. It’s not a race between the two, as the two teams aren’t in the same division, the two aren’t in direct competition for anything, and the two teams aren’t fighting for the same things. But it is notable that, via the Chicago Tribune, Rose is ahead of Rubio’s recovery schedule.

“It’s a tough injury,” Rubio said. “You are like six, eight, nine months without playing your favorite sport. Sometimes it’s just playing basketball where you forget about everything and just enjoy it. I just wish him a healthy recovery.”

Like Rose, Rubio has yet to start cutting. Unlike Rose, who started shooting jumpers weeks ago, Rubio is just progressing from set shots.

“Nobody had the same injury,” Rubio said. “I mean, a little more meniscus or two ligaments or just one. Every player is different. Every recovery is different.”

via Ricky Rubio: Ricky Rubio commiserates with Derrick Rose – chicagotribune.com.

It’s nice that Rubio has so much empathy for Rose and that they can talk about what they’re going through.

It’s not a huge warning sign or even necessarily a warning sign that Rose is ahead of Rubio despite being a month behind chronologically. The body heals differently, and if it takes longer for Rubio, it takes longer. The focus is on his career, not this season, and Rubio’s still expected to be back in December, along with Kevin Love when his hand heals. It should be noted that Rubio’s expected back before Rose. If that doesn’t make sense, then consider Rubio’s statement above. His jump from jumpshots to playing time is likely shorter than it is for Rose. Rose isn’t expected back until after the first of the year.

But if you’re factoring in conditioning time to get back up to speed and the curve for getting back to 85 or 90 percent once he’s back playing regularly, might want to pump the brakes a bit. And if not, at least give Rose props for his work to get this far.

  1. lblock07 - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    You see it as Ricky being “behind” Rose, but maybe Rose and the Bulls trainers really should be showing a little more restraint like Ricky and the Wolves.These guys careers are at stack. Personally, I’d hate to see Rose’s and Ricky’s careers OR Chicago and Minnesota futures altered because all parties did not allow their athletes’ knees enough time to properly heal. I’d rather they proceed slowly and cautiously than come back too soon.

    • pudgalvin - Oct 21, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      I agree, but from what virtually everyone has said, the Bulls are being as cautious as you could possibly be in his rehab. I’m not worried at all that anyone, Rose included, is rushing his recovery. That is, as long as Thibs isn’t involved in it. Keep him far, far away.

    • swensonjessepuck34 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Why do you guys at probasketball talk always have to talk trash about the t-wolves. Did you come up with article just for some thing to write or what? Also why can’t you guys write about things that happen in games like profootball talk?

  2. btwicey - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Lol what a stupid story…. Slow news day

  3. rodge1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Derrick Rose refusing to dance paid off.

  4. fnc111 - Oct 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    If Rose plays one game this year it is muy stupido…. No good FA wants to sign with the Bulls so they should suck on purpose and get a stud Kentucky recruit early in the lottery. Bulls are going nowhere this year so just let DRose have the year off and come back the safe way for his hopefully long career.

  5. mcjon22 - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Maybe Chicago is just a better run organization? If you watch the D-Rose will rise videos through Addidas he talks about all the research the Bulls did about the injury, what rehab places were the best, what trainers had the most success, and eventually sent him to this place in California. From what I’ve gathered with Rubio, he’s just rehabbing in Minny. So isn’t it fair to assume if the T-Wolves did the same research they would have found a better rehab facility for their star point guard?

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Oct 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    If Ricky and Love can recover fully, that’s a helluva exciting team in Minny.

  7. abchome - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    How about Iman Shumpert? He’s already dunking… iphone5 though :p

  8. midwaymonster161 - Oct 22, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    The reason D. – Rose is progressing faster is because in addition to the Bulls helping with his rehab, Adidas is pumping huge money into his rehab after that 100 million dollar contract. They have been researching and paying for all sorts of doctors and new rehab techniques. That said as a Bull fan I’m bummed that Rubio is not progressing as well. I stop and make watching Dos Lobos appointment television. Great duo and up and coming team. Get well Rubio & K-Love.

  9. tommyshih - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    To be fair, Rubio pretty much only shoots a set shot rather than a jumper. That Rose is ahead of Rubio in rehab is like, just the Chicago Tribune’s opinion, man.

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