Brandon Rush landed badly. At impact, he was facing to the side, over toward the Golden State Warriors’ bench. His left knee was facing toward the basket.
A bunch of onlookers in Oracle Arena, and viewing from home, turned their heads too.
Gruesome injuries occasionally happen in the NBA. They usually wind up on YouTube for those folks who can stomach witnessing the bad news that comes from the human body meeting forces beyond its capabilities. Think former Clippers guard Shaun Livingston‘s devastating leg injury in 2007 or current Warriors center Andrew Bogut‘s arm-crumping fall from the rim in 2010.
These days, cringing occurs in real time. Social media lit up after Rush, soaring high for a one-handed dunk, got fouled in the air by Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph. Rush grabbed his knee after the awkward landing and clearly was in such pain that he couldn’t stick around to shoot his free throws.
Randolph, still working his way back from knee surgery himself, was rattled by the mishap. During a break, he ran to the Golden State locker room to check on Rush. Later the Memphis big man put out a Tweet:
— Zach Randolph (@MacBo50) November 3, 2012
That’s how it goes in the NBA these days. Players can cut directly to the chase. Warriors forward Carl Landry also let Rush and his followers know what he was thinking about his fallen teammate:
Rush was to be examined further on Saturday. The injury certainly looked serious enough that coach Mark Jackson‘s expected reliance on the fifth-year swingman will be scuttled for some period of time.
Rush’s work is only beginning, though he did what he could – all fingers, no knees – to put followers and fans at ease.
Thanks for all the prayers. I’ll be alright
— Brandon Rush (@KCsFinest4) November 3, 2012
Easier Tweeted, of course, than done.
Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980.