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What Happened To: Ep.3 Kareem Rush

May 2, 2013

You don’t know Kareem Rush? Ask a Minnesota Timberwolves fan!

In the ’03-’04 season, the Lakers assembled a Hall of Fame team that included Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Gary Payton. Because of this stacked starting five, the rest of their roster wasn’t that jaw-dropping. During the regular season Rush made a name for himself mainly because of his outside shooting. Even during his college career, his automatic jumper and ability to create of the dribble was his greatest strength.

The highlight of his career, happened during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Garnett-led Minnesota Timberwolves. Rush hit 6 of 7 threepointers and sealed the Lakers’ trip to the NBA Finals.

As everybody knows, the Detroit Pistons won that year, putting an end to the Kobe-Shaq era. Shaq was traded to Miami and the Lakers went from a dynasty to a borderline playoff team.

Kareem Rush was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats and got a bigger role. Adapting to his increased minutes and bigger defensive attention from opposing teams, he looked like a great NBA player with an ability to create off the dribble. He managed to improve as the season went on, but his season was cut short because of a MCL strain.

Injuries kept him off the court in later years and he failed to get major attention from NBA GM’s. He went overseas to play in Lithuania and won everything there. Confident about his latest performances, he managed to sign with the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers. An ACL tear, caused him to pursue a R&B career.

He planned on making an NBA comeback. Signing with the Lakers’ D-League team, the D-Fenders. I guess it didn’t pan out, because I can’t find him on any roster in the D-League. I’ll always remember Rush for his Game 6 performance and the overall smoothness on his jumper. He’s currently working out to attempt another NBA comeback, I’ll certainly root for him because his jumper’s a thing of beauty.

The Lakers could’ve used him in the Play-Offs with their crippled backcourt…

 

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