Spanish international Ricky Rubio announced this Saturday that he has decided to stop his professional activities in order to take care of his mental health, in a statement released by the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB). “I have made the decision to stop my professional activities in order to take care of my mental health. I want to thank all the support I received from FEB for understanding my decision. Today #LaFamilia makes more sense than ever. Thank you. I would ask that my privacy be respected in order to be able to confront these moments and be able to provide more information when the time comes,” Rubio notes in the text.
FEB also expressed in it “their respect, admiration and affection for Ricky Rubio” and assured that “LaFamilia will always be there for the player.” The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard was one of the players Sergio Scariolo rested in the friendly the Spanish team played against Venezuela in Madrid (87-57) on Friday. One of five World Cup warm-up matches to be played in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from 25 August to 2 September.
Rubio returned to the national team after missing the EuroBasket a year ago with a cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him for 12 months. The point guard, who was China’s 2019 World Cup MVP, returned to play for the Cavaliers last January and was looking to be a big deal for Scariolo following Lorenzo Brown’s injury loss.
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