Cavaliers Star Ricky Rubio Shares an Inspirational Message From Kobe Bryant Upon Getting Sidelined With an ACL Injury

Published 12/30/2021, 8:25 AM EST
Dec 18, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ricky Rubio (3) gets a pass away from Milwaukee Bucks guard Javonte Smart (6) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Even after his unfortunate demise, the NBA still shows the impact of what Kobe Bryant brought to the league. Therefore, even today, NBA stars live and play with principles that were arguably first coined and propagated by Kobe Bryant. Most recently, a Cleveland Cavaliers star showed how even today, he learns from Kobe.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have struck the league by storm this season. A team that merely had 22 wins last season already has 20 wins while we are barely at the halfway point. However, their woes might just be at their beginning as they lost their prime point guard for the season to an ACL injury.

Following the confirmation of his injury, he shared this message from Kobe Bryant on Twitter.

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Cavaliers’ Star shares a motivational message from Kobe Bryant after suffering an ACL injury

Near the end of his career, Kobe Bryant also faced a career-threatening Achilles injury. However, Kobe hustled and came back to the NBA even after having already spent 15+ years in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant directs his teammates during a game against the Timberwolves on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Staples Center. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

If it was the right thing to do, even Kobe could’ve retired after that Achilles injury. However, he worked hard and he made it back to the NBA. Because that is how much he loved basketball. Similarly, Rubio is probably trying to send the same message that he will make it back to the NBA.

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What does this mean for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Ever since LeBron James left the Cavaliers in 2018, they were rebuilding their entire roster. Since then, they struggled every season even with the strong core talent of Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, and Darius Garland. However, with multiple additions to this roster this season like Lauri Markannen and Ricky Rubio, we expected them to at least worry the championship contenders. With the incredible performance of Rubio so far this season, they are currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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However, this unfortunate news comes as a shock, especially to Cleveland fans. They finally must have felt that the aftershock of losing LeBron James has subsided. However, with Ricky Rubio confirmed to be out for the remainder of the season, that does not seem like the case. Do you think that Sexton and Garland could pick up from where Rubio left off? Will the Cavaliers maintain their playoff spot or is this the beginning of a tank in their season? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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