If you think the average Timberwolves fan can't wait until Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio returns try being Ricky. He has gone through rehab every day since his surgery to repair his ACL that he tore March 9th against Los Angeles.
"You can see the end of the tunnel but it's been a long time since I've been hurt," said Rubio. "I've been working rehabbing every single day since I got hurt. It's just a lot of pain. It's no pain in the knee, it's pain on your brain."
It is the mental part of the rehab that has Rubio antsy. His knee feels better, but rushing back is not an option and the agony of watching the team play the game he loves isn't easy. Rubio captured the imagination of Wolves fans with his dazzling play on the court. Knowing there is a little over a month until he makes his debut is exciting for he and his teammates.
"You want to do a lot of things, but know you can't because it's bad for your knee," said Rubio. "Now that we are getting to the end it's even more exciting but I know I need to be even more patient now than before because we're at a point where if we rush too much I can get hurt again."
He has played basketball since he was four years old and this is the first real injury that he has sustained. With that comes the time away from the game. Eight months to be exact which has left Rubio feeling like he is missing something.
"When I used to have a bad day, I'd just come here and shoot around, forget about everything and enjoy. I can't do that now," said Rubio.
As he crosses days off the calendar, Ricky is noticing what his teammates are doing on the floor which gives him hope when both he and Kevin Love return next month.
"It's amazing what we're doing missing two players," said Rubio. "You never know how we're going to go, but I think when everybody gets healthy again we will be a tough team to beat."