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Jan 22, 2013 1:57am
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MINNEAPOLIS —At one point in his first real practice in nine months,
Ricky Rubio zipped a pass through defender Josh Howards legs to an open
teammate. Youth Terrell Suggs Jersey . It may take some
time for his surgically repaired left knee to get back up to speed. The
instincts and court vision that made him such a crucial part of the resurgent
Minnesota Timberwolves havent gone anywhere as far as Rick Adelman is concerned.
Rubio practiced on Sunday for the first time this season and said his knee
responded well. 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, Im on the
court again,” Rubio said. “It felt pretty good to start knowing my teammates
again.” The Timberwolves have been banged up all season and Kevin Love
(illness), Malcom Lee (groin) and Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) all missed
practice on Sunday. Getting Rubio back sometime soon would be a huge lift to a
team that has managed to hang around .500 even with all the absences. Rubio
participated in five-on-five work in practice on Sunday, 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. “It will feel weird for a while. Until Im feeling great and nothing
at all about my knee, Im not going to play,” he said. “Actually, Im happy about
today.” The mental recovery may be nearly as important as the physical for
Rubio. He said he wants to get to the point where hes not wondering what will
happen every time he makes a cut or plants on it on a drive to the basket. That
will just take some time, and he knows it. “I felt pretty good, but I want to be
perfect,” Rubio said. “I have to work hard. I have to keep working and see where
Im at.” The Timberwolves will practice again Monday before a back-to-back at
Philadelphia and Boston starting on Tuesday. It would seem to be asking a lot
for Rubio to return that quickly. The Wolves are off Thursday and then host
Cleveland on Friday night, but its still far too soon to predict when he will
play. A big indicator could be how his body responds on Monday to the strenuous
workout. Adelman said it was already clear that Rubio still has a good handle on
the offence and his responsibilities running the show. “Thats there. He showed
that today,” Adelman said. “He passed the ball very well, got to spots. Thats
always going to be there. Its just going to be his conditioning and his legs and
how long can he go? Thats going to be the biggest thing.” And it didnt hurt to
see a few of those flashy passes hes known for, either. “Today we didnt have any
alley-oops,” Rubio said, with a smile. “But I hope soon we have some of those.”
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just yet. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. —Tim Tebow stood on the sideline with a cap on
and his hands in his pockets as Jets fans chanted his name. They wanted to see
the backup quarterback in a 49-19 blowout loss to New England on Thursday night.
Turns out, there was little chance Tebow would see a snap. Tebow, who didnt play
at all, revealed after the game that he broke two ribs in the Jets loss at
Seattle two weeks ago. “They need a little time to get better,” Tebow said,
adding that his breathing has been affected by the injury. He was listed as
questionable for the game with a rib ailment, but fully practiced Wednesday.
Coach Rex Ryan had reservations about making Tebow active, deciding to use him
only “if we absolutely had to have him,” and leaving third-stringer Greg McElroy
inactive. “I appreciate his concern,” Tebow said. “I had to do a little bit of
talking just to dress, but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they
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occurred on an offensive play against the Seahawks. “I didnt really know,” he
said. “I just kept playing and started to feel it later on.” He played in the
Jets win at St. Louis on Sunday, but had an MRI exam Monday that revealed the
extent of the injury. Tebow has been practicing, but isnt certain how long he
will be hindered by the injury. He hopes to be healthy enough to play in the
Jets next game against Arizona on Dec. 2. “I was ready to go if they needed me,”
he said. “Obviously, it wasnt ideal. I just wanted to be there for my teammates
and do whatever I can to help.” Ryan said the injury appeared to get
“progressively worse” as the week went on and noticed his breathing sounded
different. “I was standing there and I was like, Im not going to play this kid,”
Ryan said. “I wouldnt play my son in that kind of situation. To Tims credit, he
wanted to be there for his team.” ’ ’ ’ 

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