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Cavs’ Ricky Rubio publicizes NBA retirement after stepping away to handle psychological well being

Cavs’ Ricky Rubio publicizes NBA retirement after stepping away to handle psychological well being


Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio introduced over the summer time that he could be stepping away from basketball to deal with his psychological well being. 

On Thursday, he introduced his retirement after 12 seasons in the NBA. 

Ricky Rubio, #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers, appears to be like on in the course of the third quarter of a NBA recreation in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Middle on Dec. 28, 2021 in New Orleans. (Sean Gardner/Getty Photos)

Rubio, who additionally had a prolific worldwide profession representing his native Spain, penned an open letter to followers on social media to share his determination, including that he’s nonetheless “working” on his psychological well being. 

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“I needed to submit this message for you at the moment as a result of my NBA profession has come to an finish,” the letter, posted to X, learn. 

“It began [in] June 2009, draft evening in New York. What a dream. After taking part in 12 years within the league, with all its ups and downs, I’ve collected numerous good reminiscences and nice relationships. Minnesota, Utah, Phoenix and Cleveland. Wow. Thanks!”

Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw

Ricky Rubio, #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers, shoots a free throw in the course of the recreation in opposition to the Washington Wizards on Dec. 3, 2021 at Capital One Area in Washington, D.C. (Stephen Gosling/NBAE through Getty Photos)

Rubio, who gained a gold medal with Spain within the 2019 World Cup, stepped away from the game citing psychological well being issues in August. 

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“I’ve determined to cease my skilled exercise to deal with my psychological well being,” he mentioned in a press release on the time. “I need to thank all of the assist I’ve acquired from the FEB (Spanish Basketball Federation) to know my determination. At the moment #LaFamilia makes extra sense than ever. Thanks.”

On the time, Cavaliers common supervisor Koby Altman launched a press release in assist of Rubio’s determination. 

“We perceive how tough of a choice this was for him and can stability offering no matter assist we are able to whereas concurrently respecting Ricky’s request for privateness.”

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Rubio’s letter on Thursday didn’t point out any specifics, however he clarified that he’s nonetheless engaged on his psychological well being after his “thoughts went to a darkish place.” 

“In the future, when the time is correct, I might like to share my full expertise with you all so I might help assist others going by way of related conditions. Till then, I want to hold it non-public out of respect for my household and myself, as I am nonetheless engaged on my psychological well being. However I am proud to say I am doing significantly better and getting higher on a regular basis.”

Ricky Rubio dribbles during a Cavaliers game

Ricky Rubio, #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers, brings the ball up courtroom within the fourth quarter throughout their recreation in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Middle on March 12, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Photos)

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Rubio was drafted within the first spherical by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 and spent seven seasons with the crew earlier than going to Utah. He missed nearly all of the previous two seasons whereas recovering from a torn left ACL, and he returned to the Cavs primarily as a reserve for 33 video games on the finish of final season.

“Particular point out to Cleveland. My final house. I know how issues ended have been robust. I may by no means have imagined the yr would develop this fashion, however you will have a tremendous group, with Koby and JB, who’ve been extraordinarily respectful and understanding of my state of affairs and caring for me as an individual. Thanks all for the love and assist!” 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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