Ricky Rubio announces retirement from the NBA at 33 after stepping away from basketball in August to focus on his mental health: ‘I’m proud to say I’m getting better every day’

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  • Ricky Rubio said in August he was stepping away to focus on his wellbeing
  • But he has now confirmed that he is leaving the NBA for good at age 33
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Ricky Rubio has announced his retirement from the NBA after stepping away from the basketball to work on his mental health.

Rubio, 33, announced in August that he would step away from the sport indefinitely to address his mental health but it has now emerged that the guard is leaving the game for good.

In a statement posted on X, hours after it emerged he had agreed a contract buyout with his Cleveland Cavaliers team, the Spaniard opened up on difficulties away from the sport and said he would elaborate more when the time felt right.

Rubio wrote: ‘Hello, July 30th was one of the toughest nights of my life. My mind went to a dark place. I kind of knew I was going on that direction, but I’ve never thought I wasn’t under control of the situation.

‘The next day, I decided to stop my professional career. One day, when the time is right, I would love to share my full experience with you all so I can help support others going through similar situations. 

Ricky Rubio, formerly of the Cavaliers, has announced his retirement from the NBA

Ricky Rubio, formerly of the Cavaliers, has announced his retirement from the NBA

The 33-year-old Spaniard stepped away from the game in August to focus on his mental health

The 33-year-old Spaniard stepped away from the game in August to focus on his mental health

‘Until then, I would like to keep it private out of respect for my family and myself, as I’m still working on my mental health. But I’m proud to say I’m doing much better and getting better everyday.

‘I wanted to post this message for you today because my NBA career has come to an end.

It all started on June 2009, draft night in New York. What a dream. After playing 12 years in the league, with all its up and downs, I have collected lots of good memories and great relationships. Minnesota, Utah, Phoenix and Cleveland. Wow. Thank you!

‘Special mention to Cleveland. My last home. I know the way things ended have been tough. 

‘I could never have imagined the year would develop this way, but you have an amazing organization, with Koby and JB, who have been extremely respectful and understanding of my situation and caring for me as a person. Thank you all for the love and support!’

This season would have been Rubio’s 13th season in the NBA.

He also played for the Spanish national team since 2008 and won MVP honors in the 2019 World Cup in China. 

Rubio also shared his statement on his Instagram story with the caption: ‘All love’. 

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