Nothing new to us, but fun to read from a national perspective.
2. Nothing in the NBA – absolutely nothing – beats old-school vengeance, and you have to love the Indiana Pacers' Kareem Rush for using a grudge with Charlotte Bobcats GM Bernie Bickerstaff to fuel his fury.
"He maliciously attacked me, and tried to make me look as bad as he could," Rush said. "A lot of teams didn't want to touch me."
Two years ago, Bickerstaff, then the Bobcats coach, declared Rush a locker room problem and released him late in the 2005-2006 season. Even when his old Lakers bosses, Phil Jackson and Mitch Kupchak, came to his defense and insisted that sounded nothing like him, Rush couldn't find a job in the NBA a year ago.
After an MVP season in Lithuania, the Pacers signed him to be a bench player for Jim O'Brien. This is a good fit for him, because he defends and shoots the ball. No coach in the league values the three-pointer like O'Brien, so this time Rush has a chance to stay in the league.
"The NBA's a small fraternity, and once one thing bad is said about you, it doesn't matter if it's true or not," he said. "People tend to believe that. And last summer, a lot of teams didn't want to mess with a guy who got waived with nine games left in the season. They wondered what could I have possibly done to make him do what he did."