There are parts of Ricky Rubio's game that haven't changed.
During a pause in games, for instance, the second-year point guard still will go to the Timberwolves bench and recommend a play to acting head coach Terry Porter. He barks out orders reminding teammates where they need to be on court.
But while it's clear he hasn't lost his instincts to lead, Rubio still lacks a few of his game's essentials: conditioning, his jump shot and, most important, comfort with his surgically repaired left knee.
Rubio acknowleged Tuesday, Jan. 22, his knee still hurts occasionally and that his legs are not yet strong enough to regain the proper mechanics in his shooting.
Heading into the Wolves' game Wednesday night against Brooklyn at Target Center, Rubio is shooting just 23 percent (12 of 52), including 0 for 10 on three-pointers.
"I feel good, but I still have pain in the knee," Rubio said. "They say it's normal and that it will take a year or year and a half to get where you don't think about it. I don't want to think about next season. I'm living in the present. I want to get healthy this season. I don't want to think about anything else."
Though Rubio is determined to make a full recovery from surgery last March, the process reminds him to be patient. Besides his shooting difficulties, Rubio has been hesitant about driving to the basket -- a trait that helped him become one of the NBA's flashiest and most efficient point guards as a rookie last season.
Pain in Ricky Rubio's knee still hurting his ability to shoot, drive
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 23