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Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week

Feb 7, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

Brandon Roy

So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest.

Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

“For sure against Detroit (Sunday), and maybe for Toronto (Friday),’’ Roy said Monday. “I’m excited. I feel pretty good.’’

Roy wants to come off the bench to start.

“I haven’t played since Dec. 15, so I want to play with some guys and get a feel,’’ Roy said. “I need to get my legs back and my rhythm back.’’

Roy had both knees scoped Jan. 17. The surgery was deemed successful but the man has virtually no cartilage left in his knees so there is only so much the doctors can do anymore. His knees are never going to be 100 percent again.

There was talk of him taking the entire season off to rest them — why rush back to battle for one of the last playoff spots in the West when what they really need is him to get right again? He might not be the same old guy next season but he’d be closer.

But that’s not Roy’s personality. He is a competitor. He wants to be back. The Blazers were the eighth seed heading into Monday night by just half a game ahead of Memphis. He wants to win and get this team to the playoffs.

 

  1. leearmon - Feb 7, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Brandon Roy is one of my favorite players- plus he’s on my fantasy team. So it hurts me to say this, but someone in the Blazers organization needs to stop this. At his peak Roy was one of the best players in the league, and was only getting better. Now his future is as cloudy as the skies in Portland. With the play of Matthews and the development of Batum the Blazers should force Roy to continue rehabbing, and build strength in his knees. What’s the rush? Portland is not a title contender this year, but with a 100% Roy (or however close he can get to it) plus the depth for Portland, they could make some noise next season, or whenever the NBA resumes. Roy is a competitor, but the inmates cannot run the asylum.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Indeed. I live in Portland, and I see nothing but bad news if he comes back. If his situation is as bad as advertised, he needs to adjust that “me-first” attitude he was growing, especially since it’s likely no longer “his” team.

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