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Is Ricky Rubio a better passer than Pistol Pete?

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01:15 PM ET 03.10 | In his second NBA season, to compare Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio to one of basketball's most iconic playmakers would appear to be a bit bold. Yet, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl did that and more when discussing the Spanish point guard. Before the Timberwolves faced the Nuggets on Sunday, Karl even said Rubio, only 22 years old, was already more advanced than the great Pistol Pete Maravich in some respects. "I actually think Rubio's a better passer (than Maravich)," Karl, who played against Maravich, told the Denver Post. "I think Pistol Pete was a flamboyant passer but more of a scorer, where I see Rubio as a true point guard, a true playmaker. His length, his flash, there's no question that there are situations that he actually looks like him on film."

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March 10, 2013  01:19 PM ET

Child, PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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March 10, 2013  01:20 PM ET

George Karl................Put down the crack pipe and back slowly away...............

March 10, 2013  01:24 PM ET

Pete Maravich was definitely a better scorer.

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March 10, 2013  01:54 PM ET

I watched Pete in high school, college, and the pros...........Rubio is nowhere near the passer or ballplayer that Pete Maravich was..........And he never will be.....

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March 10, 2013  01:58 PM ET
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LOL !! Mick the Celts homer.... Guarding the legacy as always.

Peter "Pistol Pete" Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 ??? January 5, 1988) was an American professional basketball player. Born and raised in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Maravich starred in college at Louisiana State University (LSU) and played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. All of his accomplishments were achieved before the three-point line was introduced to NCAA basketball and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules.[1] Maravich died suddenly at age 40 during a pick-up game as a consequence of a previously undetected congenital heart defect. One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history".[2] In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said "the best ball-handler of all time was (Pete) Maravich."









And Pete played less than half a season for the Celtics so homerism has nothing to do with it.

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March 10, 2013  02:02 PM ET
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C'mon man. You may be right to assert that Rubio is nowhere near Pete right NOW... but to say that he will NEVER be ? Do you have a crystal ball or something ? :)

Don't need one............Common sense dictates my assessment..........




And I will trust the Hall of Fame and Hondo Havlicek on this........They know more about basketball than I do..







One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history".[2] In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said "the best ball-handler of all time was (Pete) Maravich."

March 10, 2013  02:05 PM ET






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March 10, 2013  02:23 PM ET
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He didn't say anything crazy to me. Maravich was a good scorer and flashy passer, but Rubio is also a very good and flashy passer.

DJ-Stiches here with a correction on a poorly worded sentence;

Should be " Maravich was a good scorer and flashy passer, but Rubio is equally good at scoring and flashy at passing."


;)

 
March 10, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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Mick - someone talking about "greatest [passer / ballhandler / whatever] of all time" in 1970 or so, means that they are using the time period from 1950 (or whenever the league started) to 1970 as a reference.It has now been *50* years since then. Obviously we're looking at a much larger time frame now. Nothing against Pistol Pete - I've also followed basketball history and am well aware of his legendary status. Just that by now, other players have learned to replicate what he did.

In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Fame player John Havlicek said "the best ball-handler of all time was (Pete) Maravich."




April of 2010 is not 1970...............Less than 3 years ago...........Once again ......Havlicek has forgotten more about basketball than we will ever know..........He has played with and against the greatest guards of all time and has scouted the ones following his retirement and induction into the Hall of Fame.........



I will defer to his knowledge, experience, and expertise....

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