Indiana Pacer Sitting Out to Watch Brother

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 7, 2008

As if things couldn't get any worse for the Indiana Pacers, the team was told that shooting guard Kareem Rush would rather watch his younger brother, Brandon Rush of Kansas, play in the NCAA finals Monday night than be with the team.

Kareem Rush, now a reserve on the Pacers, was once a rising star after playing his college basketball career at the University of Missouri.  He was drafted in the first round, number 20 overall, by the Toronto Raptors. He also made it clear to the team that he is willing to pay any fine handed down.

The crazy part of all this is that other players have missed the birth of their children to be with their teams, but Rush thought it would be more important to live vicariously through his younger brother.

I guess this is similar to when Pittsburgh Steelers safety Tyrone Carter's brother skipped reporting to jail on time to see his brother play in the Super Bowl.  Maybe Rush thinks playing for the Pacers is like a jail sentence.