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Brandon Roy to announce his retirement

Dec 9, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT

Brandon Roy

UPDATE 6:01 pm: Over the course of the day multiple reports have confirmed that Brandon Roy has been diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his knee and he has decided to walk away from basketball.

The latest confirmation came when media at Blazers training camp spoke to forward Gerald Wallace, who confirmed that coach Nate McMillan had told the team Roy was retiring, reports Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge. Blazers players also said they had no indications this was coming.

10:35 am: It’s probably for the best. But I still feel robbed of what could have been.

Brandon Roy is going to announce his retirement due to medical reasons, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. Multiple reports now suggest he has been diagnosed with a degenerative knee disease that will get worse, not better over time.

Sources say Brandon Roy to announce medical retirement due to degenerative knees, possibly as soon as today

Secondary reports — from Ken Berger at — say that Roy is leaning toward retirement heading into a meeting with Trail Blazers brass today. So maybe this isn’t set in stone.

It cannot be easy for Roy, who loves the game and has had his body betray him.

Roy has missed much of last season due to his knees, which essentially just have no cartilage left. He has tried rest and a variety of treatments, and has shows flashes of being fine — his brilliant Game 4 against Dallas in the playoffs last year reminded us of what he could do.

He was expected to join the Blazers for training camp this season and team officials said they would not use the amnesty on him. He was going to get one more shot.

But if he had a setback, he may have realized it was time.

Which is sad. This is a guy who would have been one of the NBA’s elite guards, the franchise anchor in Portland for years. It would have been a marvelous career.

I feel robbed not getting to see it. Portland fans feel worse.

But this is probably for the best.

  1. ogre2010 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    The good ones always leaves us

  2. leearmon - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Got to feel for Blazers fans. 4 years ago this team looked liked it was going to be what the Thunder have turned out to become. Roy, Aldirdge and a first overall pick (Greg Oden). But injuries have just mauled this franchise. B-Roy was easily the 3rd best SG in the league behind Wade and Kobe, with his best years still ahead of him. Its also tough, because in this day and age, where everyone says “small markets can’t compete. They can’t re-sign their young talent.” Portland re-signed both Roy AND Aldridge setting up their future well. Unfortunately, Roy’s knee issues changed all of that.

  3. boston25rocketman - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Incredibly unfortunate, the man had a wealth of talent but will have to settle for being one of basketball’s “what if?” players.

  4. djanarchy757 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    is this sadder than the greg odom re-sign???

  5. bparmalee - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    This is also a stand up move by B.Roy. I mean he could have tried to fake it and gotten the Blazers to use their amnesty clause on him eventually. That way he would have gotten the bulk of his contract and then he could have retired. I dont think he gets any of his remaining deal this way. So its a pretty selfless move on his part.

    • LPad - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Pretty sure that since he’s retiring due to a medical condition he’s still going to get whatever’s left on his contract.

    • 06mustang - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      It’s been confirmed by The Oregonion newspaper that by retiring Roy will be paid through 2014. It will not count towards the cap, but Paul Allen will still have to shell out all that money to someone who “retired” I live in the Portland area and have enjoyed Brandon Roy, but be realistic. He’s not giving up all that money. If that was the case he would have never retired. Meanwhile the rest of live on 50k a year. Great player, but not a saint.

  6. Nadeem - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    He was never a max player to begin. Hard to feel sorry for a guy who would make an undeserved 82 million over the 5 year period. At least he was better than the other max guys like Rashard Lewis in the past and Nene in the future.

  7. 1historian - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I’m not a TB fan but you have to feel for them. Except for that incredible run in 1977 when they took out filly and were off to an incredible start the next season before injuries just destroyed them, they do seem jinxed.

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  10. rajbais - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Amnesty clause???

  11. goforthanddie - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Thanks and happy trails B.

  12. lookatthefarside - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    You’ll be missed BRoy, but you’ll always be welcome in Rip City!

  13. dysraw1 - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    i love straight b-ballers brandon roy is just that. good luck with your future.

  14. cup0pizza - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Classy guy, great player when healthy. Seattle represent!

  15. max20characters - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    So devestating to see such a young, talented all-star have to go at just 27 due to an injury. You had a great run Roy! Thanks for the excitement you brought to this league!!

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