With everyone going crazy with Jeremy Lin mania, it’s kind of easy to forget that there was another point guard who was getting all the press in the world earlier this season. Yes, once upon a time in January, Ricky Rubio was the guy we all got tattooed on our bodies, the true savior of pure point guard play that the NBA has been searching for since the tragic deaths of John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Now it’s all “Lin this” and “Lin that” and “Did you hear Jeremy Lin figured out the fourth panel of the Kryptos puzzle?

Thankfully, Rick Carlisle is keeping the Rubio hype alive and well, mostly by comparing him to three of the best point guards of all time. From the Star-Telegram:

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was serious Thursday when he said: “There are similarities to a lot of the all-time great players with Rubio. I see [Pete] Maravich, I see [Jason] Kidd, I see some [Steve] Nash.”

If you’re a point guard, that’s a pretty nice set of guys to be compared to. All it means is that you remind a guy who has won NBA titles as a player and coach that you play similarly to one of the best scorers ever and two guys who led the NBA in assists multiple times. No big deal.

While he’s at it, Rick Carlisle might as well throw a little Magic Johnson in there too, just to make things that much loftier. Perhaps some Gary Payton to account for Rubio’s defensive prowess and B.J. Armstrong because he’s such a cutie? There are a lot of comparisons Carlisle somehow missed out on. Feel free to carry on in the comments. Someone better mention Brevin Knight.

Comments (18)

  1. He’s got the rugged olive skin tone of a young John Crotty.

  2. He’s got the fashion sense of a young Walt Frazier.

  3. He’s got the body weight of Raymond Felton’s lower torso. He’s got the “I just had a threesome with your girlfriend AND your mother” of a pre-Longoria Tony Parker. He’s got the hair of a homeless person who is not a point guard.

    He has absolutely nothing in common with Stephon Marbury. He reminds me more of Eva Longoria than he does of Stephon Marbury.

    • He may well be overhyped? Wasn’t Marbury supposed to be the next big thing too when debuiting in the NBA?

  4. He has the eyelashes of Nestor Carbonell.

  5. he’s got the uniform of a stephon marbury

  6. He wears the number of one Danny Ainge. Or John Starks for that matter.

  7. Btw: Jinxed. Thanks for nothing, Rick Carlisle.

  8. Yeah, Carlisle’s comment is crap. But this article by Mr. Kerby is even more crap.

  9. His ball-stealing ability reminds me of Derek Harper. He also dribbles like Rod Strickland and has the coolest point guard name since Mookie Blaylock.

  10. hes the most interesting man in the world

  11. Yada yada, Trajon Langdon.

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