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Rick Carlisle compares Shawn Marion to MJ, LeBron

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09:51 AM ET 11.03 | The Mavericks put together their first solid defensive game of the season and because they did, it didn't matter that they shot just 40 percent from the field. Their hard-nosed play on defense led them to a 111-99 victory over Memphis. Shawn Marion, who drew big kudos from coach Rick Carlisle postgame, was a major force, playing tough defense on every Grizzlies player from point guard Mike Conley to power forward Zach Randolph. Carlisle compared Marion to players like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and LeBron James -- all players who can guard virtually any position on the floor, except perhaps centers. "That's cool," Marion said. "Especially Pippen. I always thought he was a great player, a great defender."

Dallas Morning News

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November 3, 2013  09:43 PM ET

got the gayest looking jumper ever

November 3, 2013  10:34 PM ET
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Comparing Marion to MJ or Lebron is far-fetched, but he's definitely in the mold of Pippen - an under-rated, all-around player who can do a little of everything - both on offense and defense........

He's a 'glue' player.....he holds things together in ways that don't always show up in the box score.

November 4, 2013  08:47 AM ET

Let's Not Get Carried Away, Bros.

November 4, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Marion is definitely a versatile defender, which is Carlisle's point. That jump of his is awkward though, that is for sure. Glad to hear Marion is still playing well, always liked him as a well-rounded player.

 
November 4, 2013  10:29 PM ET

Dennis 'the Worm' Rodman & Michael Cooper come to mind as past great defenders.

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