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Consulting surgeon on Brandon Roy says he has 1-2 years left

Feb 15, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

Brandon Roy

It’s that bad.

Brandon Roy wants back in — he’s had both knees operated on one month ago and now gotten the go ahead to practice with the team. Because he is as competitive as anyone in the league he wants to play and push the Trail Blazers into the playoffs.

But the Blazers have some serious questions to ask themselves about how and when to use Roy.  Because his time with them is limited.

His knees are that bad. John Canzano at the Oregonian spoke to one of the surgeons who consulted on Roy, and the picture is bleak.

Consulting surgeon said that the Blazers had already operated twice before on Roy’s knee, and the surgeon said, “Either the original doctor who did those procedures wasn’t forthcoming with the Blazers… or the team was in complete denial about what was going on with his knees…”

The “consulting surgeon” whispers that he believes the best-case strategy for handling Roy is this: A) Limit Roy’s practice reps to almost nothing; B) Play him off the bench in 65-75 or so games a season, choosing rest in key spots; C) pray.

Surgeon suspects the Blazers might get 1-2 years out of Roy employing this strategy. Right now, I think they’d take that, and hope for the best. Roy is a fierce competitor and I won’t count him out.

That is depressing. We knew Roy had no meniscus left in his knees, but still this just hits home somehow. Roy is a competitor but that will not grow cartilage in his knee. And that is the only way he becomes the Roy of a couple years ago again.

The real question becomes this: If the Blazers knew his knees were this bad — and you can bet the surgeons from before told them the facts about Roy’s knees — why did they sign him to a five-year max extension? Roy is in the first year of a five-year deal, $83 million right now and that deal is going to hold back the Blazers rebuilding efforts down the line. In light of the medical evidence, it’s hard to see why this deal was struck.

  1. sknut - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    This is horrible news. His knees are the reason the T-Wolves traded him on draft night they felt he was going to have these issues. Obviously the Wolves didn’t get the right guy in Foye, but still sad news for roy and the Blazers. He was such a beast in college.

  2. jesuscakes - Feb 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    He’s a millionaire in the NBA! Why can’t he use this new technology?

    • zackd2 - Feb 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Is that new technology suitable for elite athletes? Or is it just for 40-60 year olds to lessen the pain? Big difference.

  3. maf97 - Feb 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    If true this is bad bad news for the Blazers (and for Roy obviously.) Only time will tell with regard to this injury.

    However, what time has already told us is that John Canzano of the Oregonian is a hack journalist who more often than not takes a contrarian view in hopes of getting some press.

    If the Blazers knew of the extent of the damage prior to presenting him with the contract extension, they would not have offered it. That would make no sense. So I’m inclined to think that the medical evidence cited either did not exist prior to signing OR the Blazer doctors missed it completely. Or just misdiagnosed it in terms of longevity.

    Regardless, Roy’s ongoing health issues mean he’s only available for intermittent use which is already hurting the team.

    • rtheda - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      You’re an idiot. Canzano is the only journalist willing to challenge the corporate lies. (Remember WMD, or did you believe that one too?)

      Why do you think Blazers management fired Pritchard anyway? Obviously this extension was the reason. People’s job’s are on the line with a journalist finally breaking the news embargo on this issue by interviewing a real surgeon. The job on the line right now has to be Blazer’s President who knew (or should have known) about Roy’s knees and signed him to a 5 year max extension (total idiot).

  4. zackd2 - Feb 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Just as Darius Miles comes off the books, they have another 5 year max contract to sit on.

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