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Video: Brandon Roy takes another step towards return with Seattle Pro-Am appearance

Jul 22, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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Brandon Roy‘s trip back to basketball relevance is a process. It won’t come over night and its apex is somewhere dramatically short of the career ceiling he had as an NBA star, which would have included the Hall of Fame. Now it’s more “capable role player who can contribute,” but there are still steps to take. And Saturday night, Roy took one.

Roy appeared in the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am in Seattle and Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus wrote about it for Blazers Edge:

Again, the setting makes it difficult to offer definitive conclusions. I would have liked to see more of Roy and Webster matched up against one another to get a sense for a matchup Roy might actually see in the NBA. This being the summer, defense is optional, and both teams poured in better than 110 points as Roy’s Bulls pulled away with a 14-1 run midway through the fourth quarter. I’d estimate Roy probably finished with somewhere around 25 points, 10 boards and five assists; Thomas might have scored 35 points.

As limited as Saturday may have been from a scouting perspective, it was great to see Roy on the court again. His apparent early retirement was painful both because of the joy the game brought him and the joy his game brought all of us. On Saturday, we saw just a little bit of it again.

via Recap: Brandon Roy Returns To Court In Seattle Pro-Am – Blazer’s Edge.

And here’s video of the game including some of Roy’s ability to dart inside and finish at the rim.

He’s got a long ways to go, obviously. The legs are going to take time getting back to game-condition and even then, you have to hope they can structurally maintain for a full season with the Wolves. But Roy can still cook. That’s good to see.

That’s really good to see.

  1. Mr. Jones - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    maybe just a step or two slower, but looks like the same ole B.Roy

  3. reptar24 - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Just kinda looks like a bunch of old guys playing a pick up game. No one going close to full speed, bad shooting, lazy d. Didn’t show me much, but as a Wolves fan, can’t wait to see him in black and blue.

  4. ss3walkman - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I’m #7 on the blue team. This was both our third games that day. 10min a quarter. This is all from the last game of the day. I think it’s a good showing of how Brandon’s knee is holding up. He hit the floor a couple of times and got right up. He had a couple dunks too earlier.

    And of course they didn’t show my buckets haha.

  5. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Yeah Buddy

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