Eleven months ago, Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio converged on Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant late in a game at Target Center, planted his left foot to impede Bryant's path and ... tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a twist of fate that changed everything.
The Lakers came to Target Center for the first time since then Friday night, this time to open the month of February.
After such a long recovery road back from knee surgery that repaired two ligaments, Rubio was asked if he felt any trepidation about seeing Kobe and the Lakers again.
"No, that's long time ago," he said. "I don't want to think about, I don't think about it. That's the past."
Replays showed Rubio plant his leg and the knee flexed an instant before Bryant brushed by him.
"I don't remember touching him," Bryant said. "I just remember him going down and turning around and him being on the floor. I don't think anybody really realized the extent of the injury, but it became concerning when he couldn't get up. It's always the ones that don't seem to be like much are the ones that are really [serious]."
Enough time has passed that Wolves coach Rick Adelman no longer has to deal with Rubio's playing-time limit.
"They say he can play 32 and that's about what he's going to play anyway," Adelman said, "so I don't really think about it."
Rubio puts last meeting with Kobe out of mind
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 2