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Rush regrets going public about Heard

Brandon Rush said he "kind of" regrets going public about participating in an illegal pre-draft workout in 2007, which was allegedly organized by the Knicks' East Coast scouting director, Rodney Heard. Rush told Yahoo! Sports in October that he injured his knee in that workout, which caused him to withdraw from the draft that year and return to college. He was a first round pick by the Pacers in 2008.

"I didn't want it to get blown up the way it did, and out of proportion, either," Rush said on Friday when asked by a reporter from the Indianapolis Star. Rush and the Pacers will be at the Garden for a matinee game Sunday.

The story prompted the NBA to open an investigation into Heard's scouting practices -- the story also said the Knicks had exclusive, illegal workouts with Wilson Chandler -- and there is major concern within the franchise that it could cost the Knicks not only a hefty fine, but a future draft pick.

Rush said he hasn't been contacted by the league about the situation.

"Everybody pretty much let it go," he said. "I haven't heard too much about it since then."

Rush hasn't talked to Heard, who remains employed by the Knicks nor does he place any fault on the team or Heard for his injury in that workout.

"I don't think about the workout and what happened at all," Rush said. "It was a freak accident. You can get injured playing anywhere. I moved forward and everybody else has moved forward."

The Knicks haven't quite moved forward yet. Not until the league complete's its investigation and announces a ruling. Perhaps the league could use the situation as an excuse to keep Isiah Thomas from returning to the organization, since it was Thomas who employed Heard at the time of the alleged illegal workouts.

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* - Amar'e Stoudemire's agent, Happy Walters, confirmed that a formal request will be made to the NBA on Monday to review and rescind the technical foul called against Stoudemire in the second quarter of Thursday's loss in Orlando. Meanwhile, the league fined Stan Van Gundy $35,000 for public criticism of the officials after that game, in which Howard also was slapped with a technical.

Van Gundy argued that Howard merely said "damn" when he was called for a tech, but later in the game -- and notably after his first tech -- Stoudemire's audible "Bull----!" went unpunished.

"Let me get this straight," Van Gundy said, "'Damn' is a technical but 'Bull----' is OK.''

Van Gundy also took it a step further when he suggested that referees are targeting Howard, who leads the NBA with 12 technical fouls (Stoudemire is second with 10).

"They are looking for him, no question," he said. "They make a call on him and they are looking for his reaction. Other guys get away with stuff. He's going to have to accept that, they are looking for him. Every one of them. For other guys, they look away. He's not going to be treated like everyone else in the league.''

Meanwhile, Mike D'Antoni took a much more diplomatic -- read: avoiding a fine -- approach when asked about the fouls called against Howard and Stoudemire, who similarly doesn't get nearly as much respect by referees as, say, Dwyane Wade, despite the amount of contact he draws when going to the basket.

"It's always going to be tough, to referee big guys is tough," D'Antoni said. "When they go, who causes the contact? It's tough. It can go either way."


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