It's official, Kareem Rush is not retired.
Reportedly, according to the NBA Development League transactions page, the former Lakers & Clippers guard retired last month.
However, that's not the ultimate truth regarding Rush's situation, as he confirmed in a recent interview he conducted with the LA Times.
"I've retired from the D-League," he said. "[I'm] not retired from basketball completely."
33-year-old Rush last played in the NBA for the Clippers on November 17, 2009, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Since then he has worked hard to get back into the NBA, and he joined the Lakers' D-League affiliate D-Fenders for the second time in his career.
Even though he's left the D-league, he is still considering his next move as a basketball player. "The door is still open," he said.
Rush was originally the 20th overall pick in the Draft by the Lakers in 2002 from the Toronto Raptors in a deal on draft-day.
He spent three seasons with the Lakers before he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, but he still has a soft spot for the Lakers even now.
"I had the most success there, made the Finals, hit those threes, all those years ago," said Rush. "I definitely have a soft spot for the Lakers organization.
"I had a great career," said Rush. "Hopefully it's not done. You have to start thinking about your life after basketball, and that's what I'm doing now."
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