OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Rush’s season is over after two games.
The Golden State Warriors announced Saturday that an MRI exam on the team’s top reserve revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Rush’s left knee. He will have season-ending surgery in the coming days. The typical rehabilitation time is at least nine months.
“He’s not doing great. He’s devastated as you can imagine,” said Rush’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. “It’s a traumatic thing to go through for anybody. We’re going to figure it out and work with the Warriors and come up with a great plan to get him back. But for the moment, it’s devastating with surgery and rehab ahead of you.”
All the good vibes entering Golden State’s home opener fizzled in an instant.
Rush leaped in the air for a dunk when Zach Randolph fouled him from behind with 4:09 left in the first quarter of the Warriors’ 104-94 loss to Memphis on Friday night. Rush landed awkwardly, and his knee bent badly as he tumbled to the court.
Hornets’ Williams rips
NBA’s concussion policy
CHICAGO — New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the NBA’s protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion, a day after No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis suffered a mild one.
Williams unloaded before Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, saying, “Now, they treat everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers, and it’s getting old. It’s just the way the league is now.”
His comments came on the heels of Davis leaving Friday’s win over Utah after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from teammate Austin Rivers in the first half. A Chicago product, Davis stayed back in New Orleans to be examined and did not accompany the team on the trip.
He cannot return until he completes a series of tests to determine if he’s fit to play.
Nash has small left leg
fracture, out another week
LOS ANGELES — Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup for at least another week.
The Lakers announced the results of their point guard’s MRI exam Saturday, throwing yet another complication into their dismaying start to the season.
Nash got hurt in a collision with Damian Lillard on Wednesday, bumping legs with the Portland rookie in the second quarter.