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Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery because his knees have no cartilage

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.

  1. passerby23 - Nov 13, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    This is really unfortunate for such a great guy and player. This is a major blow to the Blazers. You’ve got to question how long he can sustain this for. Having such an injury at this point in his career is not a good sign. I could see an early retirement happening.

  2. zackd22 - Nov 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    That means he’s going to need microfracture at some point no?

  3. mashoaf - Nov 14, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    He could go the Randy Johnson route and get SUPARTZ injections in his knee to ease the pain.

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