Steve Nash is a Ricky Rubio fan, and is feeling bummed out that the exciting Spanish point guard had his promising rookie season cut short by a knee injury. From the Star Tribune: “Like just about everybody around the league, Steve Nash remembers being disappointed when Ricky Rubio went down because of a knee injury March 9 against the Lakers. ‘It hurt them, obviously, in a number of ways,’ Nash, in the Twin Cities with the Suns for Monday’s game, said. ‘One, it took away their main playmaker. And two, it hurt their depth. It’s not something anyone wants to see happen. And it’s a shame for the team. You never want to see that happen to anybody.’ Rubio is back in town after an extended stay in Colorado following surgery to repair two ligaments in his left knee. Nash, meanwhile, was in town for a nationally-televised game that would have featured two of the best pass-first point guards in the game. [...] ‘I was very disappointed for Ricky,’ Nash said. ‘He was having a very good rookie year, and he was an exciting player for our league, so it’s a shame. But he’s young. He’ll recover well, and he’ll be back this time next year and nobody will remember what happened.’ [...] ‘He gets a ton of respect for his ability, and what he brings to the game, and rightfully so,’ he said. ‘I think people around the country — and around the world — are excited for what he brings to the game.’”