Pregame buzz: Kevin Love becoming household name

DALLAS – Rick Carlisle said Wednesday morning that Minnesota rookie Ricky Rubio had attributes that reminded him of Steve Nash.

Carlisle had even higher praise for Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, comparing him to a monster-rebounding version

“There will be comparisons to Dirk because he’s become a great shooter,” Carlisle said, “but his tenacity going after the ball is just something that’s unique in a player that’s that skilled.”

Love, who signed a four-year extension worth a reported $62 million Wednesday, ranks second in the NBA in rebounding (13.9 per game) after leading the league last season. He’s also averaging 24.9 points and shooting .391 from 3-point range.

The Mavs found out firsthand how dominant Love can be during the New Year’s Day loss in Minnesota, when he had 25 points and 17 rebounds, hitting five of six 3-point attempts.

“He’s quickly becoming a household name,” Carlisle said. “He’s also quickly becoming a guy that you put in the category of guys that are great.”