Rush with the Clippers in October 2009
October 30, 1980|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
The Pembroke Hill School|
(Kansas City, Missouri)
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|2002–2004||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009–2010||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2012||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2012–2013||Los Angeles Slam|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kareem Lamar Rush (born October 30, 1980) is a retired American professional basketball player. Rush's younger brother, Brandon, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves, while older brother JaRon played college basketball for UCLA.
After graduating from Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Rush attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where he was a standout guard on the basketball team. Rush averaged 19.8 points per game as a junior, leading the Tigers to the Western Regional finals in the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Oklahoma. As a sophomore in 2000–01, he led the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per game. During this time, Rush worked with world-renowned conditioning coach Istvan Javorek.
Los Angeles Lakers (2002–2004)
Rush entered the 2002 NBA draft after his junior season and was selected with the 20th pick overall by the Toronto Raptors, who immediately traded his rights to the Los Angeles Lakers. Rush was projected to be a top 10 pick, but much like what happened to Kareem's elder brother JaRon—a former UCLA star—Kareem slipped down much further than anticipated. At the 2000 draft, JaRon, who left the Bruins after his sophomore season, was not selected. "No one wants to see something like that happen to his brother", JaRon said, weeping. "I mean, I knew he was going to get drafted eventually, but it was still hard."
Over his first two seasons, he played a limited, back-up role on the Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant-led club. However, due to his three-point shooting accuracy, he would become a more frequently used reserve player in the 2003–2004 playoffs for coach Phil Jackson. Although the Lakers would lose to the Pistons in the NBA Finals, Rush was able to make somewhat of a name for himself as a sharpshooter, averaging 14 minutes per game and hitting 40% of his three-point shots in the playoffs. He was a major contributor in helping the Lakers clinch the Western Conference Finals against Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he scored 18 points in the sixth and final game, all from 3-point range, where he was 6 for 7.
Charlotte Bobcats (2004–2006)
Fourteen games into the 2004–05 season, the Lakers traded Rush to the Charlotte Bobcats for two future second-round draft picks. In Charlotte, Rush found a larger role, often starting and averaging more than 25 minutes and 11.5 points per game. He set a then-Bobcats franchise record by scoring 35 points against the Indiana Pacers. His season ended March 2 when he strained his MCL during a game in New Orleans.
Seattle SuperSonics (2006)
During the 2006–07 offseason, Rush signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, but recovered slowly from a groin injury. In November 2006, the club waived him to make room for a replacement for two frontcourt players who had sustained injuries.
Rush spent the next season playing in Lithuania. On December 21, 2006, he signed with ULEB Cup participant Lietuvos rytas from Vilnius. He was chosen by the Slovenian coach Zmago Sagadin and led his team to the cup final. On February 24, 2007, Rush was named the MVP of the 2007 LKL All-Star Game. On April 21, Rush's team became the champion of the Baltic Basketball League; he was named the Final Four MVP.
Indiana Pacers (2007–2008)
On July 3, 2007, Rush signed with the Indiana Pacers, who cited their need for a shooter.
Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2009)
Los Angeles Clippers (2009–2010)
Rush eventually signed for the Los Angeles Clippers, because of injuries to other players on the roster. However, Rush himself suffered an ACL tear in his right knee on November 18, 2009. Rush was waived by the Clippers on January 22, 2010.
Los Angeles D-Fenders (2012)
Los Angeles Slam (2012–2013)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (2013–2014)
On January 22, 2014, Rush left the D-Fenders, citing his desire to formally retire from basketball.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Where Brothers Faltered, Rush Hopes to Carry On
- Kareem Rush Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com
- NBA Player File
- KUsports.com - Sonics add ex-Tiger Rush
- "Sonics sign Glyniadakis, adding depth to thin frontcourt". Associated Press. November 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
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- 2013-14 Training Camp Roster
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