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Brandon Roy back practicing with Timberwolves

Dec 13, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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A month after his seventh knee surgery, Brandon Roy is back on the practice court with the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune.

It was non-contact, but he is back running and working out with teammates, taking steps toward getting back into games. Which would be a boost if he really could come back and be counted on for regular minutes and reasonable production. But that remains a big “if” from a guy who had to leave the game once already due to knee concerns, knees he has admitted are seriously arthritic.

But Roy said he had not entertained the idea of retirement.

“No,” he said when asked about reports that he’d considered leaving the game again. “A few people asked me that, and I don’t pay attention much to the media. I don’t really read that stuff. But I don’t know where that could have come from. But no, I never thought about walking away. It was, for me, just do I want to go through another procedure or do I want to play through it. That was more my question than walking away.”

Roy says he feels good but there is no timeline for his return. Anything they get from him would be a bonus.

The guy they need back is Ricky Rubio, and he could be playing again on Saturday, it appears.

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