Ricky Rubio tore his ACL Friday night, ending his season and ending the Timberwolves hopes at a playoff spot. Rubio, who was in the middle of a spectacular rookie season, had become half of one of the league's most dynamic duos with Kevin Love and had given Minnesota fans some hope after the team missed the playoffs the last seven seasons. That hope has all but disapearred now as Rubio will miss the rest of the season after running into Kobe Bryant late in the Timberwolves 105-102 loss against LA.
This is sad news for NBA fans as Rubio had quickly become one of the more exciting young players to watch due to his spectacular passing and all-around flashiness. The Wolves will now have to rely on Luke Ridnour and JJ Barea, who are more than serviceable players but will undoubtedly struggle to replace what Ricky provided.
This injury normally puts a player in a suit for 6-9 months, but that is best case scenario. ACL injuries have become more and more common but are no less devestating. Wolves fans, Rubio fans and basketball fans in general need to hold their breath and pray that Rubio can come back at full strength, whenever that may be. Until then, Kevin Love has his work cut out for him just to keep the Wolves heads above water.