Veteran Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio has made the difficult decision to temporarily pause his basketball career to prioritize his mental health. In a statement released on Saturday, Rubio expressed the need to step away from professional activities and focus on his overall well-being.
Rubio’s decision means that he will be withdrawing from the 2023 FIBA World Cup, where he was expected to represent his home country of Spain. This comes as a surprise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Rubio showcase his skills on the international stage.
The 30-year-old guard joined the Cavaliers in 2022 after recovering from an ACL injury he sustained in 2021. Despite the setback, Rubio played in 33 games for the team this past season, acting as a stabilizing force alongside star player Donovan Mitchell.
Statistically, Rubio provided an average of 5.2 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in just 17.2 minutes per game. While his numbers may not jump off the page, his impact on the court was undeniable, contributing to the team’s overall success.
Basketball has been a significant part of Rubio’s life since he was just 14 years old. He made his debut in the prestigious Spanish ACB League in 2005 before officially joining the NBA in 2011. Throughout his career, Rubio has displayed his talents for several teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and the Indiana Pacers.
Rubio’s decision to prioritize his mental health highlights the growing importance of mental well-being in professional sports. Awareness of mental health issues has been increasing, and athletes are becoming more comfortable speaking out about their struggles. Rubio’s choice to step away serves as a reminder that athletes, just like anyone else, face their own challenges and deserve compassion and support.
During this challenging time, Rubio has requested privacy and will provide more information when he feels it is appropriate. Fans and fellow players alike are sending him messages of support and understanding as he navigates this difficult period. The basketball community stands with Rubio and hopes that he finds the peace and healing he needs.
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