Rubio feels good after first practice

RICKY RUBIO, the flashy Spanish point guard of the Minnesota Timberwolves, felt good after participating in practice for the first time since tearing his ACL.

He said his knee responded well after practicing on Sunday. There is still no timetable for his first game and Rubio is trying to be patient to make sure that he is completely ready when he does return after the first major injury of his career.

”After a long time, I’m on the court again,” Rubio said. ”It felt pretty good to start knowing my teammates again.”

Rubio participated in five-on-five work in practice, then stayed after for nearly an hour to do some more running and catch-and-shoot work as he tries to get his legs back underneath him. He said he felt some discomfort in the knee on occasion, but team trainers expected that as some scar tissue from the surgery breaks up. Noli Cruz

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