Grizzlies center Marc Gasol didn't wait for media reports to learn about injured Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio's prognosis. Gasol reached out to his fellow Spaniard on Friday night and told Rubio to contact him as soon as doctors determined the extent of his knee injury. Rubio sent Gasol a text early Saturday with the bad news. The rookie sensation suffered a torn left ACL and will be lost for the season. "It's tough," Gasol said. "He's got to be patient now. It's a different kind of challenge. He knows that. He knows that it's a messed-up thing, but he's positive about it. He's going to be OK." Gasol is close to Rubio. The two have spent several years together playing for Spain's national team. Rubio will miss the upcoming Olympics, but Gasol said he wasn't concerned with that right now. "The main thing is for Ricky to be OK. It's not about any team," Gasol said. "There's nothing more important now than his health. Everything else is secondary." Rubio's knee injury derailed what had been a strong Rookie of the Year campaign. The 21-year-old was averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 assists, and he had helped transform the once struggling Timberwolves into a competitive team. Rubio was the fifth overall pick in 2009, but he stayed in Spain for contractual reasons. His decision to come over for this season is one of the biggest reasons for the franchise's quick turnaround.
Marc Gasol offers support to Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Mar 11