Ricky Rubio, whose season is done after 22 games because of recurring left ankle pain, spoke briefly with the media today after practice.
He talked about his immediate plans for the off-season, his goals heading into training camp next fall and was asked about whether or not he’ll play for the Spanish National Team at the European Championships in September.
Here is what he had to say:
--On his truncated season: “It’s been a tough season,” he said. “I’m trying to get healthy. Finally I was kind of healthy and I was playing with a little pain. But, at one point, I couldn’t do any more. It’s tough because I want to be out there on the court. I did everything I could, but I couldn’t.’’
--Does he consider this a lost year?: “I’m trying to be positive, even if it’s tough in these moments. When you play only 22 games, I try to take good things. I learned a lot. New coaches, learned with my teammates. I grew up as a player. Every injury you gotta be stronger, especially mentally. This one made me smarter.’’
--On the upcoming off-season: “I have time. I want to get ready. I want to be healthy and I want to improve. The main thing this summer is going to be to get healthy, get 100 percent and be ready.”
--Will he play for the Spanish National Team?: “Of course I have thoughts. But right now I can’t think about it until the season is over. Of course the priority this summer is my health. I haven’t been healthy and I how this team a lot. In four years, I have one good season, an 82-game season. I owe this team a lot.’’
Meanwhile, coach Flip Saunders said Kevin Garnett is going on the upcoming road trip. But Gorgui Dieng (concussion-like symptoms), Anthony Bennett (ankle) and Gary Neal (ankle) are not traveling.