INDIANAPOLIS – Sitting in his home, isolated from the cold fall air, all Brandon Rush could do is watch basketball. And pray.

He knew he’d be out of the game for three months, at least. At first glance, the former Indiana Pacer and Kansas Jayhawk star appeared fine. He was nursing a tweaked hamstring, but nothing too serious appeared to be stopping the free agent from going to the gym and training to land another roster spot.

His heart infection said otherwise.

It was November 2017, two weeks after Rush had been waived from the Milwaukee Bucks. Rush moved around quite a bit in his NBA career, playing three years in Indianapolis, going to Golden State for two, Utah for one and back to Golden State for two more before landing in Minnesota for a season. Milwaukee appeared to be the next stop until Rush was one of the last players cut in the preseason.