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Carlisle: Rubio in mold of game's greats

Timberwolves rookie sensation Ricky Rubio received a very high compliment from Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. The Dallas coach believes he sees similarities between Rubio and Pete Maravich and other legends.
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Timberwolves rookie sensation Ricky Rubio received a very high compliment from Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. The Dallas coach believes he sees similarities between Rubio and Pete Maravich and some other legendary players.

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