OAKLAND – Brandon Rush is back for a second stint with the Warriors and once again in what he called “a happy place.”
Rush, 29, is looking forward to contributing off the bench to the Warriors like he did during 2011-12 campaign when he averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for one of the best seasons of his career. This time, it’ll be for new coach Steve Kerr.
“He told me he wanted me to play that role where I could come in and be a spark and just help do anything I can do,” Rush said Monday at the Warriors’ Back to School event at Markham Elementary School.
Things haven’t gone so smoothly since the 6-foot-6 swingman suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee while attempting a dunk on Nov. 2, 2012.
Rush missed the rest of the season while the Warriors went to the playoffs. He was then traded in a salary dump to Utah, where his first season coming off major surgery was a difficult one.
“Playing, not playing, playing little bits, and not being mentally ready, it took a toll,” said Rush, who having lost confidence played sparingly only 38 games.
Rush noted that when he tore his other ACL in 2007, it took a year and a half to get back to his old self. He indicated he was in a better place mentally now that he’s attacking the rim more often in workouts.
He chose to sign with the Warriors in July shortly after working out for them among other NBA scouts in Las Vegas.
“I’ve played with the guys before, so it was a no-brainer,” Rush said.
Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were named Friday to the 12-player roster that will represent USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The USA’s quest for the gold medal begins Aug. 30 with a game against Finland. The tournament runs through Sept. 14.
Curry has said he remained committed to USA Basketball after evaluating his participation in the days following Paul George suffering a gruesome compound fracture in preparation for the tournament.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who said Thursday he texted with Curry and Thompson after George’s injury, downplayed the risk and noted, “You can get hurt in a pickup game.”
“I think in the end this is a great experience for Steph and Klay, especially at their age,” Kerr said. “They’re young players.
“What I wouldn’t want is for both of them to play seven years for Team USA…It’s such a huge commitment to go along what they face during the regular season that I would hope over time there’s going to be sort of a recognition for all players – not just Steph and Klay – hey maybe this is best served as a two- or three-year commitment and then you move on because it’s just not worth wearing guys down over six or seven years. That’s something we’ll address as we go.”
Warriors forward David Lee withdrew from participating in USA Basketball training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and as expected, he recovered from the procedure by early this month.
That meant Lee being able to get back out on the court, as this week he was in action in New York City pickup games alongside other NBA players.
Here’s a glimpse of how Lee has looked since getting back out on the floor:
Bonus footage of Lee at his youth basketball camp last week in New York:
Jerry West, a Warriors executive board member and Hall of Famer, did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with his video being posted the day after being challenged by Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob.
Among the people the 76-year-old West challenged was Warriors co-owner Peter Guber.
“Be sure to write the check,” West said.
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, joining in on the effort to raise awareness for ALS as he screamed after having ice water poured on him.
Lacob proceeded to challenge president Rick Welts, general manager Bob Myers and executive board member Jerry West.
The Warriors co-owner was originally challenged by forward Harrison Barnes, one of a number of players who have posted videos of themselves doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Warriors will play an eight-game preseason schedule, and for the two games at Oracle Arena, they’re giving away bobbleheads.
Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night is Oct. 21 in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, as Iguodala will get to see if this doll looks more like him compared to the one last season. Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night is Oct. 24 against Denver.
Here’s the Warriors’ full preseason schedule:
Tuesday, October 7 Los Angeles Clippers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 9 Los Angeles Lakers Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 12 Los Angeles Lakers Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA 6:30 PM
Thursday, October 16 Denver Nuggets Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, IA 5:00 PM
Friday, October 17 Miami Heat Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO 5:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 Houston Rockets State Farm Arena – Hidalgo, TX 5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 21 Los Angeles Clippers Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 7:30 PM
Friday, October 24 Denver Nuggets Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA 7:30 PM
Warriors guard Nemanja Nedovic fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, Serbian national team doctor Dragan Radovanovic said in a statement Wednesday.
The Warriors had previously been informed that there was a stress fracture in the foot that sidelined Nedovic, who went down Aug. 3 while playing in an exhibition game in Italy and now appears to be out for the FIBA World Cup.
Radovanovic delivered the news based on what he said was new information after previously announcing Aug. 8 that tests could not confirm the fifth metatarsal fracture.
“After last medical check, there is no doubt,” agent Misko Raznatovic tweeted. “Nemanja Nedovic, unfortunately, will miss World Cup in Spain. He needs to travel to Usa, on Sat.”
The Warriors said Friday that Nedovic was suffering from right foot inflammation as they looked to make a further review of the guard’s condition. Serbia coach Aleksandar Dordevic told reporters on the same day that the injury was a “delicate” one.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said earlier this month surgery was being discussed for the foot injury.