Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio is hoping to return to action on Saturday according to numerous reports.
If that happens, he’ll be back on the court roughly nine months and one week after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Rubio would be the second Twin Cities pro athlete to make such a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back on the football field nine months after the injury occurred and if you see any flaws in his game, please contact Lovie Smith immediately.
So what does this mean for Derrick Rose?
First of all, it’s not a perfect comparison because Rose did not tear his MCL. He had a less severe knee injury than Rubio and Peterson.
Rose’s ACL tear happened on April 28. Rubio’s injury was on Mar. 9.
Every case is different, but this news seems to provide optimism that Rose could be playing again for the Bulls by the end of January. The nine-month anniversary features a Jan. 28 home date against Charlotte.
The Bulls have stayed away from timetables, so we probably won’t have a solid idea anytime soon. But Rubio may provide a clue.