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Nate McMillan isn’t as sold on Roy’s speedy return

Feb 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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Brandon Roy is ready to come back and play this weekend. He has been cleared to practice and if there is one thing we know from Brandon Roy’s history it’s that he wants back on the court. Yesterday.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a more patient man. And he may force Roy (and Marcus Camby) to be as well, as reported at Blazers Edge.

“Brandon and Camby have decided when they are coming back, so as far as talking with Jay and the doctors we have these couple of days where we are going to practice. I’ll see if these guys show up for practice and we’ll go from there. As far as them playing this weekend, that hasn’t been decided by us.”

McMillan would be wise to slow this train down. Just as a reminder, Roy had surgery on both knees three weeks ago. Three. I appreciate Roy’s competitive nature. But what is the rush — to make sure they hang on to that eighth seed? We’ve been on the “sit him for the season” bandwagon around here, thinking it’s best for the Blazers long term to let Roy’s knees really have a break. Maybe a few more weeks at least, say after the All-Star break, makes some sense?

But he’ll be back and apparently McMillan can only slow that for so long.

  1. xxxtreeem - Feb 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Nice article… I am also on that bandwagon… PLEASE JUST SIT ROY FOR A LITTLE LONGER!!!!!!

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    So Roy’s been talking about “I’m playing” for days, and someone else is just now pointing out it isn’t his decision to make?

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