His decision comes only a few weeks before the Basketball World Cup, which Ricky Rubio won four years ago with Spain.
“I have decided to suspend my professional activity to take care of my mental health,” Ricky Rubio explained.
The 32-year-old has suffered multiple cruciate ligament injuries in the NBA since 2011. On Saturday, he expressed gratitude to the Spanish Basketball Federation for their support in his choice to retire.
Rubio got a new three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns in July 2022, allegedly valued at over $18 million. La Roja won the World Cup in Beijing in 2019, and he was named the competition’s MVP (most valuable player).
He appeared in 33 games for the Cavaliers this season after signing with the team in 2022 after suffering ACL surgery in 2021. Rubio and Donovan Mitchell proved to be a calming presence for the team, particularly throughout the postseason. This season, he averaged 5.2 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per game.
Ricky Rubio and his Basketball Journey: From Early Beginnings to NBA Stardom
Rubio has been playing professional basketball since he was 14 years old. he made his ACB League debut in 2005, a month before his 15th birthday. Ricky Rubio was picked fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009, but he spent two more seasons in Spain with Barcelona before joining the NBA for the 2011 season.
Before being moved to the Utah Jazz in 2017, he remained with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the last six seasons of his career. After that, he played for the Phoenix Suns for one season before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder and rejoining the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020. His time with the Suns was followed by one season with the Thunder.
Rubio came to play for the Cavaliers in 2021 after leaving the Timberwolves. Still, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in December of that year and was moved to the Indiana Pacers. He was never activated by the Pacers and instead re-signed with the Cavaliers during the following offseason.
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