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Garcia: Karl Says Rudy Fernandez More Than "Cuteness" After All

Art Garcia of FoxSports.com has a quick feature on former Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez and the impression he's leaving on his new coach, George Karl of the Denver Nuggets. ----------------------------- 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." "He has the knack to find the open man," Karl said. "In American basketball, they read the defense after they catch it. In European basketball, they have a tendency to make the read before they catch it. I like the read before you catch it." ----------------------------- Fernandez is averaging 8.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.0 minutes per game off of Denver's bench this season. Fernandez was traded by the Blazers to the Dallas Mavericks on the night of the 2011 NBA Draft. Dallas, in turn, traded him to Denver during the December free agency period. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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