Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio takes mental health break – rezal404
Spain’s Ricky Rubio of the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Saturday that he was taking a break from his NBA career to “take care of my mental health.”
His decision comes a few weeks before the Basketball World Cup, which Rubio won with Spain four years ago.
“I have decided to suspend my professional activity to take care of my mental health,” Rubio said.
The 32-year-old, playing in the NBA since 2011, has had repeated cruciate ligament injuries.
On Saturday he thanked the Spanish Basketball Federation for their support in his decision to step back.
All love from the basketball community, @rickyrubio9 ❤️
Ricky Rubio has decided to halt his 18-year professional career to take care of his mental health. Wishing you all the best. pic.twitter.com/g3Q7MVatja
— FIBA EuroBasket (@EuroBasket) August 5, 2023
Rubio signed a new three-year deal with the Cleveland team in July 2022 with a contract reportedly worth over $18 million.
In 2019, La Roja won the World Cup in Beijing and Rubio was crowned MVP (best player) of the competition.
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