Nov 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT
Well, good news Blazers fans — Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery on his sore knees.
The bad news is, well, the reason he doesn’t need surgery, as reported by Jason Quick at the Oregonian.
There’s no meniscus left to operate on in Roy’s left knee.
“Nah. None. Not in my right, either,” Roy said Friday.
The reason Roy’s knee has been swelling up regularly, to the point where it has already been drained twice by Blazers’ doctor Don Roberts this season, is because there is no cartilage to absorb the pounding associated with running and jumping.
“The problem is bone-on-bone there,” Roy said. “Dr. Roberts calls it ‘arthritic knee.’ It’s just something I’m going to have to deal with for the rest of my career.”
That’s just sad news, because when healthy Roy is one of the most dynamic, athletic, exciting players in the league. And he is never going to be quite right. We should all feel a little robbed by that.
There are things Portland’s medical staff can do to keep him on the floor — anti-inflammatory medications, rest — but he will not be the same old guy. The current one is still a good player, one who can take the Blazers a long way. But it will not be the same.
- Sad news: Craig Sager announces his cancer has returned 7
- NBA players’ union head believes new labor deal can be reached without a work stoppage 7
- Kendrick Perkins says you’re blowing the LeBron James/Kevin Love thing way out of proportion 19
- Mark Cuban rips officials, NBA: ‘It’s criminal’ how Monta Ellis doesn’t get calls 25
- Shaquille O’Neal says he regrets leaving Magic for Lakers 43
- Cavaliers coach David Blatt: ‘LeBron James is our MVP’ 22
- No Durant, what does that mean for Thunder in these playoffs? Trouble. 15
- Kevin Durant to have third foot surgery; is done for season, playoffs 39