Rubio says he's on track but won't rush return

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Ricky Rubio says he hopes to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves sometime in December but insists he's "not going to rush it" to be sure he's ready.

Rubio's rehabilitation from reconstructive left knee surgery is on schedule. He spoke to reporters Thursday about his progress.

Rubio was hurt at the end of Minnesota's game against the Los Angeles Lakers last March 9, when he tried to plant his leg while defending Kobe Bryant. With one awkward bend of the point guard's most important joint, Rubio's impressive rookie season was over.

And so was that realistic chance the Timberwolves had of making the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They went 5-20 after Rubio was hurt.