|Brandon Rush's final play of the season. (Getty Images)|
In May 2007, Rush was a part of a secret pre-draft workout run by a scout of the New York Knicks when he tore his ACL in his right knee. After recovering from the injury, he returned to Kansas to play one more season before re-entering the NBA draft.
Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, Rush went up for a dunk, was fouled from behind by Zach Randolph (who made a play on the ball) and landed awkwardly on his left leg. The bottom portion of his leg bent in a pretty gruesome manner, leaving the rest of Rush's season in doubt. His reaction after the play seems like so much pain and frustration.
After the injury happened, there was that eerie sense from his teammates and the members of the Grizzlies that something horrible had happened. Not just because of the way that he landed, but his reaction just had a feeling of doom. This really sucks. There's just no other way to describe it.
After an MRI on Saturday, Rush's agent announced Brandon is out for the season with an ACL tear in his left knee. He will have season-ending surgery and begin a path of recovery like Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, and Iman Shumpert are currently experiencing. This takes away the first season from a two-year, $8 million deal Rush signed with the team this offseason.
Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area tweeted after the injur occurred:
Brandon Rush injured while attempting dunk. Doesn't look good. Being helped off and he's very angry -- like he knows it's trouble.— Matt Steinmetz (@MSteinmetzCSN) November 3, 2012
Brandon Rush received X-rays in locker room & Warriors then announced "left knee injury." Said they'd know more Saturday after MRI.— Matt Steinmetz (@MSteinmetzCSN) November 3, 2012
No real surprise but inside #Warriors locker room there's sense Brandon Rush's injury is pretty serious.— Matt Steinmetz (@MSteinmetzCSN) November 3, 2012
(WARNING: We have the video below, and it's really nothing you probably want to watch. Just as a warning, it's pretty disgusting. So if you don't like seeing a Baron Davis, Shaun Livingston type of knee injury, just pretend you saw it when your friends bring it up this weekend.)
Rush struggled finding his role in the league until last year, when he became one of the best role players around the NBA. His perimeter defense was phenomenal last year, and he shot a career-high 45.2 percent from 3-point range. To have this happen to him at all, let alone when he has finally found his niche in the NBA, just sucks.