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Ricky Rubio says he expects to be back in December

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Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball player Ricky Rubio watches during the second half of a WNBA exhibition basketball game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Chicago Sky at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Kyndell Harkness) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT

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It’s always smart to agree with the guy who owns the business.

In the case of the Minnesota Timberwolves, owner Glen Taylor said recently he expects star point guard Ricky Rubio to return in December from surgery to repair a torn ACL. So, what did Rubio tell Spanish sports publication sport.es (via Hoopshype)?

“I’m eager to start running, and I think in December I would be ready to play,” Rubio said.

Minnesota should be a team taking a step forward this season with the additions of Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy, but Rubio is the glue at the point who can bring it all together. They need him if they are going to make the playoffs.

In the short term, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea and Alexey Shved will divide up the minutes at the point. Watch for Shved to keep getting more and more minutes until Rubio returns. Just a guess, but I like what he brings.