Brandon Rush suffered a horrific knee injury on Friday night that will put him out of commission for the rest of the season, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.
The Warriors sixth man, Rush, tore the ACL in his left knee and an MRI he underwent on Saturday revealed the extent of the damage, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
The gruesome injury happened with 4:09 remaining in the first quarter. Rush attempted a transition dunk and was hit from behind by Memphis’ Zach Randolph. He was in agony when he was taken off the court. He was unable to put any weight on his leg. Bartelstein explained:
“It’s devastating, but we’ll put a plan together with the Warriors’ medical team, and we’ll get him back to 100 percent. He’s crushed, as you would expect, but he’s a hard worker, and we’re going to get this right.”
Yahoo! News notes that Randolph headed to the Warriors locker room following the game to apologize for the unintended injury. He stated:
”Man, that really threw me off. I had shook it off in the second half but that really kind of bothered me the first half. It really bothered me.”
The foul against Randolph after Brandon Rush’s awful injury put a damper on the season’s first game at Golden State’s Oracle Arena. Rush previously tor the ACL in his right knee in 2007 while playing at Kansas.
Stephen Curry, a team mate of the injured player, stated after the game, “When you see one of your brothers go down like that, emotionally, it was pretty tough.”
The Warriors were visibly shaken by Brandon Rush’s horrific knee injury, finishing the game behind Memphis.