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Timberwolves say Brandon Roy’s injury issues this season were to be expected

Nov 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

Brandon Roy AP

The Timberwolves have been completely ravaged by injuries recently, perhaps more than any other team can claim less than three weeks into the season. But for at least one of their players, some missed time was to be expected.

That’s the word from David Kahn and Rick Adelman, at least as far as Brandon Roy goes. Roy has missed the team’s last three games, and will also be out for Friday night’s contest against the Warriors. But the organization says this doesn’t come as a bit of a surprise.

From Dana Wessel of

Roy is an optimist and said he tried not to think about whether or not there would be any setbacks on his road to returning to the NBA after sitting out last season because of his degenerative knees. But both general manager David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman were both more realistic about the comeback attempt.

“Absolutely (we expected bumps in the road),” Kahn said. “We were very clear last summer that we didn’t expect everything to be issue-free. We didn’t expect the opposite. We went into it not knowing what to expect. So, I don’t think that anything that has occurred up to this point could be considered surprising.”

Added Adelman, “I always thought there would be times like this. You didn’t know what was going to come. He was doing pretty well until he got his knee bumped in that exhibition game and that kind of has given him some problems.”

Roy was a gamble worth taking for this Wolves team, particularly before so many of its other players became unavailable due to a variety of injuries. But his production hasn’t exactly been stellar in the time he has seen the court, where Roy has managed to post averages of just 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in 24.4 minutes of action.

Now that the team needs a healthy body that can produce with so many of its players sidelined, that roster spot given to Roy doesn’t seem like the best decision.

  1. eugenesaxe - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Nice that they can admit to the obvious.

  2. hgulkkcaj - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    ” that roster spot given to Roy doesn’t seem like the best decision.” Who would you have given that roster spot to? We’re 8 games into the season. Let’s just see how this goes. Roy doesn’t need to be the guy that scores 20ppg; and this is a pretty deep team (hence the 5-3 record with 4 out of 5 starts hurt right now), so if he misses some time here and there it isn’t the end of the world. I guess if we hadn’t signed Roy, Will Conroy wouldn’t have lost his spot when Josh Howard was signed…

    • eugenesaxe - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      “Who would you have given that roster spot to?”

      Someone who had a chance of being available for every game?
      You’re talking about SG, those aren’t that hard to find. And many of them have functional knees, and don’t have to learn a whole new way to play because their bodies won’t let them perform in the manner they’re used to.

  3. patfic15 - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    If they do end up signing someone, I hope the player is not white. That is an issue apparently among locals.

  4. rocirius - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I hope they hire the player who fits their needs best regardless of race or skin color.

    • patfic15 - Nov 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

      Yep. It would be great if the same “leaders” within the community felt the same.

  5. kirschmania - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    are there any good Asian shooting guards available?

  6. southpaw77 - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Cant believe they gave him a 2 year deal, well played Brandon, you got another payday and the Wolves ate up their cap space on someone with bone on bone in his knees, heck I’m not a doctor or stayed at a holiday inn and knew this was the worst signing of the summer. Hey, Eric Snow has no knee cartilage left either, go sign him Minnesota!

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