MADISON, Wis. -- Josh Gasser and Ben Brust have spent enough time playing against each other in pickup basketball games that they've developed a fiercely competitive yet healthy rivalry over the years. Yet when Gasser recently stepped on the court for a five-on-five game for the first time in more than nine months, Brust had no idea how to handle the situation.
He had watched Gasser struggle through a grueling rehabilitation of a torn left ACL, and now he was supposed to guard his good friend and roommate as though everything was fine. But was it?
"The first day Ben was covering me, he kind of whispered to me, 'What should I do?'" Gasser recalled. "I'm like, 'Do what you want, but I wouldn't mind scoring a bucket.' He gave me a post up and I scored. After that I was like, 'All right we can play now.' I just had to get that first one under my belt."
The strides to reach this point have been exhausting, but Gasser is back and ...