By Marcus Thompson II
LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Rush is out for the rest of the 2012-13 season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the Warriors announced. Saturday's MRI confirmed what many already suspected after Rush injured his left knee in the first quarter of Friday's 104-94 loss to Memphis.
Members of the organization described Rush as devastated and distraught. But it seems the fifth-year swingman is resolved to make a return.
"Been thru this before. Just gonna make me an all-around better player," Rush posted on Twitter.
Surgery is not yet scheduled but a Warriors official said Rush is expected to make a full recovery. He tore his right ACL in 2007 while playing for the University
Rush is due to make $4 million this season and next season as part of the two-year deal he signed with the Warriors this offseason. He was hoping to play well enough to opt out and sign a more lucrative deal next offseason. The way he was playing, it appeared as if he was on the path to do just that.
Rush's absence for the remainder of the season means the Warriors are without their best perimeter defender and their primary offensive weapon off the bench. Rush posted career highs last season in scoring (9.8), field goal percentage (50.1) and 3-point field goal percentage (45.2). Jackson was relying on him for similar production this season, especially since Golden State is starting a rookie at small forward in Harrison
"You just feel helpless at that point," said point guard Jarrett Jack, who played with Rush in Indiana during the 2008-09 season. "Obviously none of us can predict, control injuries. They're a part of the game -- it's the worst part of the game. For it to happen to him, he's worked so hard to get to where he's at now in his NBA career. You never want to see it happen to one of your teammates but he's one of my better friends as well. Two games into the season. It just sucks, point blank."