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Updated: March 21st, 2012 8:54pm
Wolves' Ricky Rubio has two knee ligaments repaired during surgery

Wolves' Ricky Rubio has two knee ligaments repaired during surgery

by Judd Zulgad
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Ricky Rubio's left knee required more repairs than first expected.

The Minnesota Timberwolves released a statement Wednesday night that the rookie point guard had reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament and also on a torn lateral collateral ligament at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Dr. Richard Steadman performed the procedure, which, as is almost always the case, was declared a success.

Rubio's injury occurred with 16 seconds remaining in the Timberwolves' loss March 9 against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center.

It was known that Rubio had torn the ACL, but not the LCL.

The fifth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Rubio appeared in 41 games (31 starts) for the Wolves this season, averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.22 steals. The rookie compiled 12 point/assist double-doubles and had 10-plus assists on 15 occasions.

When he was injured, Rubio ranked third in the NBA in steals and fifth in assists.

The injury ended Rubio's season and he will begin rehab now that the surgery is completed. There has been no specific timetable set for Rubio's return but it likely will be a six-to-nine month process.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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