NBA suspends Rush five games

By Conrad Brunner | Aug. 27. 2010
Brandon Rush has been suspended five games "for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program," the league announced today.

Rush was one of three players suspended by the league. Sacramento's Tyreke Evans was suspended one game for pleading no contest to reckless driving in California, and Miami's Kenny Hasbrouck has been suspended two games for pleading guilt to driving while intoxicated in New York.

"We have been made aware that Brandon Rush has been suspended for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy," said Larry Bird, the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations. "We will do what we can to provide Brandon help going forward."

A first-round pick in 2008, Rush averaged 8.8 points and 3.7 rebounds, shooting .423 overall and .395 from the 3-point line, in his first two NBA seasons.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, only the league disciplines for violations of the anti-drug program rather than individual teams.

Each player’s suspension will begin with the first game of the NBA regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.