i just read this great ricky interview (there is a link on rubio's tweet feed), and i thought i share it with you guys, it's pretty good and i always enjoy practicing my english, so here it goes:
Q - no olympic games, daily rehab.... a very different kind of summer from what you wished for. how are you taking it?
A - it was the summer when i had the most time for myself, but at the same time, it has been my most difficult summer because i miss everything. playing, going with the national team, being in the olympics. At least i'm back home, and that's the good part. staying at home is good for you, because you forget about the injury a little.
it's only half a summer holidays though, because the other half i'm rehabbing.
Q - it has been 5 months since the surgery, what phase of rehab are you in right now?
A - i need two more weeks of muscle training and then i start running. it's the last step, and you start feeling like a player, because until now i barely touched a basketball. i will start running first, to improve my agility, and then training and after that playing.
Q - when do you think you can get back on the court?
A - the most important thing is coming back 100%, without risk of further injuries and being the same player i was physically. i hope to be back in december, but it could be later or sooner. i don't have a set date, our only purpose is getting to september the 10th right now. that's when i visit with my doctor in colorado.
Q - are you still afraid of not being the same player you were?
A - i'm not as scared as i was, but the first couple of months when you can barely walk, the way you see yourself as a player, is something that's far away. for example, my first month, i couldn't see myself being that guy again, because of the pain, and because i couldn't flex as much as i used to, everything was hard and that hurts you, both physically and mentally.
Q - what has changed about ricky in this past 5 months?
A - i matured. life makes you face this little obstacles, and i had quite a few already, like the time when i wasn't at my highest level, or now, when my body prevents me from playing at all
Q - what's your secret for staying positive?
A - one of the things i think about is karma, when you see the positive side of things, and do good things yourself, those come back to you. i always try to be a glass half-full kind of person, although sometimes it's very tough to see it that way.
Q - do you imagine your comeback?
A - lots of times! i start thinking about it, and then dreaming about not being injured anymore, and playing, and even playing great! (laughs). just thinking about coming back... i get goosebumps. there are times when you think you can do more than you're doing, and if it were up to me, i would've started running already, but you have to stop yourself.
Q - you should think about the t-wolves waiting for you, with k-love and new faces like kirilenko and shved. do your objectives as a team become more ambitious?
A - they even put candies (more great players would be what he is referring to with that) out there, so i feel envious because i can't be with them from the beginning (laughs). it's an exciting team and we have a clear goal, being in the playoffs. the owner spent the money, the gm has tried to get veterans and young players at the same time, and the key to all is the coach, ricky adelman.
Q - what's life like in cold minnesota?
A - i got to know it better when i got injured, and it's a city i have adapted to easily. people are really nice, and there is no pressure like in ny or LA. fans live the games and even 10 degrees below 0 (celsius), people wait for you in the parking lot for an autograph. i always stopped and used to see the same people, i even thought the probably had their houses plastered with my signature by now, but they told me they sold them!
Q - pau gasol's lakers have gotten better with quality signings like nash and howard, how do you see them?
A - i think they will try to steal our ring (laughs). nash is a piece that they needed, he will bring order, and howard is one of the most dominant centers in the nba. along with kobe and pau, they have 4 key pieces and are favourites to win the title.
Q - nash is one of the nba players that seemed closer to you...
A - yes, he congratulated me for the season i was having, when it should have been me who got on my knees in front of him due to his career. he is an idol to me.
Q - when you were in europe, you used to say the nba was a dream. is it?
A - it still is. everytime i think about it, and talk to my friends about playing a season in the nba... it's something i couldn't imagine, and playing at the end of important games, or the rookie challenge at all-star game. it's a fullfiled dream. i expected a lot about the nba, and it has been even better.
Q - better, how?
A - everthing in general. they make it really easy for players, and the level of play and spectacle is great, it's increidibly fun to play.
Q - is it better than in europe?
A - yes, but it's different. personally i find it more fun to play in the nba, there isn't as much focus on tactics, defense or even attack, but there is a level of talent and athletic ability that's very high, that makes it much more spectacular. it's a different way to play basketball, to the fan it's more exciting to see an nba game than a european game.
Q - talking about europe, what do you think about barsa?
A - they changed their interior game, except for lorbek. it's one of the most talented players i ever played with and i think it's their best "signing". we will have to see how navarro responds physically, but they have a team to compete for every title.
Q - chaning the subjetc. you were in london to cheer for spain, what did we need to beat usa?
A - durant not being there? (laughs). the fourth foul on marc gasol in the second quarter hurt us because we could have pushed the ball inside. we made it difficult for them, i was behind the bench of usa and i saw they were afraid. spain played an even better final than beijing. we are making history and there will be a day when we will beat them.
Q - will we see ricky rubio back in rio?
A - i hope to be healed in 4 years (laughs). both the national basketball federation and the teams are working very well with our young players, and maybe physically we are not at their level (i guess usa's level), but in terms of talent and technique, there are times when we are better.
Q - to end this interview, this year you have realized that...
A - you have to enjoy what you're doing, because maybe tomorrow you can't do it anymore. you play everyday, but you can't see how fortunate you are of doing it. after being in the nba, and playing at such a high level, you get injured all of a sudden and everything just stops...
this makes you appreciate the good times you had even more, and helps you see that sometimes you worry about things that aren't really that bad. you have to be happy evertime you can.
(i apologize for any mistakes or typos).