Dec 22, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT
Brandon Roy’s knees are not good. He may well think playing alongside Andre Miller is the issue with his slipping performance but his knees and lack of explosiveness are the bigger problems.
“I don’t think Portland has the slightest of chances to win the championship,” said Webber, a former All-Star and current analyst for NBA TV. “I wish he would take the rest of the year off and get healthy. I think it would be a better investment for the Portland team because there are no guarantees. If you’re not going to win this year, then what are you guaranteeing?
“You’re guaranteeing that you’re still damaging his hurt areas. That’s all you’re guaranteeing.”
That’s not going to sit well with Roy, who is a guy who wants to play and make a difference. Remember how he came back early from injury last season during the playoffs? Roy is built out of the Kobe/KG mold — he does not go for excuses, he is going to play through pain.
But the Blazers need to at least have this conversation. Webber is right in that Portland is going to be fighting for one of the bottom couple playoffs spots in the West. If time off for Roy would help — and we don’t know if it would — then this has to be at least discussed. It may be the best course of action to start thinking about next year and the years after.