|Rubio should be slinging passes Saturday night. (Getty Images)|
Rubio has missed nine months with tears of his ACL and LCL, and the Wolves have badly missed his spectacular playmaking and defense. In a statment, Rubio said:
"I'm excited to get back on the floor with my teammates and play in front of the best fans in the NBA at Target Center. After a long recovery, this is the first step in me getting back on the court and helping my teammates. Thank you to the fans for their support over the last nine months."
Rubio averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 assists in his rookie season, but his impact on the floor was much greater. After his injury, the Wolves lost all momentum, eventually slipping back into the lottery. Getting Rubio back is a huge boost in both talent and morale. As the second-best player on the team, he is known for making his team better overall with his savvy and creativity.
We'll have to see what kind of conditon Rubio is in after that kind of knee trauma, but there's no denying the excitement around the return of the kid.