You probably don’t think about Rudy Fernandez that often. He’s not a starter, he was pretty bad in the dunk contest, he plays for a Western Conference team that plays a lot of late games, and he’s not even the league’s Spanish heartthrob now that Ricky Rubio hopped the Atlantic. When the season started, did you even remember he was a Nugget? Don’t feel bad if you forgot, because he was a Maverick for about eight seconds over the summer, so that could have thrown you off. It’s OK to not think of Rudy Fernandez all that often. None of us can keep track of everything.

George Karl, however, thinks about Rudy Fernandez quite a bit, since he’s Rudy’s coach. That’s probably why he came up with the greatest Rudy Fernandez description possible. From Fox Deportes:

Nuggets coach George Karl did admit his doubts in the Portland version of Fernandez.

“I saw some cuteness,” Karl said, “but I didn’t know he kind of understands the game of basketball a little bit like a point guard. He sees the game as a playmaker. I saw his cuteness, but I didn’t know his habits were pretty first-class.”

Choose your favorite adjective there, but “cuteness” and “first-class” are just great ways to describe someone. And when you consider that Rudy Fernandez is one of those players who often follows an unthinkably brilliant play with a way-too-fancy whoops maneuver, it fits even better.

If you ever find yourself in a conversation about Rudy Fernandez — probably with a Nuggets fan or someone who just really loves tapas — just remember this little bit of knowledge from George Karl. Drop “cuteness” and “first class” and you’ll be saying all you need to say.

Comments (5)

  1. If by “whoops maneuver” you mean “completely forgetting how to shoot 3 pointers in the playoffs” then ok.

    We also thought in Portland that it was pretty cute when he wanted to go back to Spain, threatening to not show up to camp.

    And then there was this from Rudy’s agent:


    This morning I was at the radio 95.5 to address some of the issues that has been lately talked about Rudy Fernandez.

    First of all, I don’t think anybody has the right to make fun or joking about a human being wishes and desires, and nobody can evaluate how fine or how sad a human being is being far from home, friends and culture. Nobody can blame any little thing about Rudy practice and attitude. He has been playing in every practice that he could.

    He apologize to the staff and to the owner if anything he said hurted them during the summer. He said what he desire clearly in media day and he cannot say it again and louder because the NBA already fined him, but is clear which are his sensations. Also, as he said, is not getting used to the NBA system, he likes the European style of game better.

    In my personal opinion, NBA and the Union have to find new rules that adjust the relationships between NBA franchise and the rest of the world. Some situations like what Rudy is living, or some specific cases like the Draft for International players has no sense anymore.

    Thank you,

    Gerard Darnes

  2. Its been a while so maybe you should rewatch the dunk contest. Fernandez wasnt bad in the dunk contest…he actually probably should’ve been in the finals.

  3. i bet George Karl also used the word cuteness to describe Kenyon Martin

  4. I thought Rudy was pretty badass in the dunk contest. Pau just kinda screwed him over with those bad passes.

  5. i will probably never shut up about how some euro players (rudy and jcn anyone?) should actually be a lot better than they are / were in the nba. haven’t watched him alot lately but in portland it was pretty obvious that rudy for one was never used right for some reason.. he’s a good athlete and a terriffic shooter for god’s sake, just give him minutes and a dynamic system – should be interesting to see how things work in denver in the long run. if it doesn’t improve there then maybe he’s just not suited for the nba game for some reason. until then i’ll continue to be kind of a fan

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