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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Brandon Rush an NBA champ

Golden State Warriors players laugh on the bench in the second half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies Friday, May 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Warriors won 108-95 to win the series 4-2. From left are Justin Holiday, Brandon Rush, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Golden State Warriors players laugh on the bench in the second half of Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies Friday, May 15, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The Warriors won 108-95 to win the series 4-2. From left are Justin Holiday, Brandon Rush, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Brandon Rush of the Golden State Warriors joins Clyde Lovellette and Mario Chalmers as former Kansas University basketball players to win both an NCAA title and NBA title. Chalmers, who started with Rush on KU’s 2008 NCAA title team, won crowns with Miami in 2012 and 2014. Lovellete, a 1952 champ at KU, won three NBA crowns with Minneapolis (1954) and Boston (1963, 64).

Rush is the 11th Jayhawk to win an NBA title. Others: Chalmers, Lovellette, Maurice King, Wilt Chamberlain, Jo Jo White, Bill Bridges, Wayne Simien, Jacque Vaughn, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard. Rush scored 30 points and had 12 assists total in 33 games for Golden State this past season. He hit 11 of 54 shots for 20.4 percent. He played seven minutes total in three playoff games this postseason, scoring three points off 1-of-6 shooting.

Comments

Brianna Zaleski 6 years, 11 months ago

Chalmers won back to back titles w Miami in 2012 and 2013. They lost to the Spurs last year (2014).

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

Always nice to get a ring no matter how you got it.

Dan Burns 6 years, 11 months ago

If I have to go through 10 questions again to read your article... I WON'T

Kurt Eskilson 6 years, 11 months ago

My experience has been that after the first answer, you're in. The rest of the questions are optional. They just don't tell you that.

Micky Baker 6 years, 11 months ago

When they ask what kind of beers you like, say "cold ones".

Keith Gellar 6 years, 11 months ago

KU players to win titles- pierce, simien, vaughn, chalmers, rush.. Self needs to make sure he advertises it to all the recruits! come to KU and increase your odds to win an NBA championship

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

I am pretty sure there are few more variables then where you matriculate at to determine if you will win a NBA title. Like maybe if Seth, or LeBron or Garnett are also on the team you are on. Pierce, Vaughn and Rush only won when they played with one of these non KU guys.

Only playing in 33 out of 82 games this season, Brandon played 271 minutes (8 mpg) and scored 30 total points (.9 ppg). So like I said nice to get a ring no matter how you got it.

I know the water in the KAW is super special but come back to Earth Keith. Mercy.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

Pierce was the best player on the team when they beat the Lakers. Without Pierce or Garnett or Ray Allen for that matter - no championship.

I agree with your other examples but if you're in the starting line-up or a key reserve, you've earned it. Chalmers may not have been as valuable as some of the other starters but LeBron can't win it by himself as we just saw. LeBron is 2-3 in NBA finals.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 11 months ago

Good for Rush! I'd love to know if he enjoyed his NBA title or his NCAA title more?

On the flip-side, any Jayhawk alumni playing for C-Town that were denied last night?

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

I would guess the NCAA championship. Rush was a key player for KU but barely saw the court for the GSW.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 11 months ago

Well at least he played more in winning the NCAA title.

David Lara 6 years, 11 months ago

Here's the million dollar question that I wish the national "experts" would discuss. Had the Cavs not made the Wiggins-Love trade, how does that change the finals outcome?

Glen Miller 6 years, 11 months ago

Hard to say what kind of impact it would have had, because it is just guessing..... but the defense would have been better and Wiggins could have helped guard their wings with his length. He also could have provided another scoring option and with him and LeBron driving to the basket there would have been many free throws to slow down the game and get points without clock movement. I think the biggest thing is that they would have had more athleticism and more of a chance to stick with their "small ball" approach. WHen they went small, Cleveland just gassed out.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 11 months ago

Certainly Wiggins is better off where he is because he gets to dominate the ball on offense and was able to learn and improve a bunch during the season last year. In Cleveland he wouldn't have had that opportunity and therefore his growth would have been slower (though learning how to have that win at all costs mentality from LeBron would have been beneficial).

Simply because of injuries, they would have been better off with Wiggins and long term they would have been better off, hard to say which way they would be better off in the next couple years. That depends on how much better Wiggins gets and if Love stays in Cleveland or not.

David Lara 6 years, 11 months ago

Not so fast Shannon. Starting a legacy by being put through the crucible of a playoff run to the NBA title and being a player undoubtedly called upon to carry the load on both sides of the ball would be about as good a situation I can think of for a rookie of Wiggins' skill level. The things you are pointing out as the benefits of his current situation are things he can find with 20 different teams any given season.

I think the shortsightedness of the Cavs (even if it is only following the suggestion of their new franchise player Lebron such as the evidence has indicated) did them a huge disservice this season and having mortgaged their future for a year when they were not going to win a title anyway, according to Mr. James himself, was a seriously questionable decision that I thought wasn't going to bear itself out in its very infancy. Blunder city. I'm not saying that had they had all their players healthy they still would not have won, but they would be have been a better team without the trade. To me that's pretty clear.

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm not completely sure. I agree that Wiggins had more offensive opportunities but playing w/LeBron would be a valuable experience for any player. I'm not a LeBron fan but his work ethic is unquestionable and he does make those around him better players.

Shannon Gustafson 6 years, 11 months ago

To be fair, the two guys he picked to make up his big 3 were both hurt and Kyrie is VERY athletic so his GM abilities weren't really being shown in this series since the team he put together was in street clothes.

Jonathan Allison 6 years, 11 months ago

the problem that Cleveland faces due to the big 3 salaries on the roster is that they have to field a team. With Kevin Love and Kyrie both sidelined after season ending surgeries James Jones gave them some really good minutes in the finals, after being a non-rotation player for most of the season. They clearly maximized Matthew Dellavedova. He had nothing left to give. If JR Smith had shown up in more than one out of 6 games, then they would have actually had a chance against the best team in the league. Very impressive in a series that I thought would go to the Warriors in 5 games even before Kyrie got hurt.

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