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Brandon Roy says he could return to Minnesota Saturday

Dec 27, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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We’re not sure how long it will last, but Brandon Roy is close to making his return to the Timberwolves following rehab from the seventh knee surgery of his career.

It could happen this weekend, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

We will see how much Roy can contribute. Before shutting it down he was playing just more than 24 minutes a night, shooting just 31.4 percent, not moving well and he had a PER of 8.6. He was not good. Look for coach Rick Adelman to really control how much run he gets.

Roy’s knees may just not be able to play NBA basketball any more, but he needed to give it one more shot he felt. This may well be that shot.

  1. observingii - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Willie Mays. . . John Unitas. . . Larry Bird. . . the list of people who didn’t know when to quit is full of superstars. Roy, unfortunately, will be the next.

  2. cmehustle - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    What do you mean he’s not good, he’s rated a 80 overall in 2k13!!

  3. dko83 - Dec 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Can’t help but root for this guy. Just hope he still has knees when he decides to hang it up…

  4. mikeincmn - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    I doubt it will last long, but I hope he makes it back.

    With the emergence of Shved it would be a big boost if Roy could give them just a few decent minutes a night.

  5. joshvanklomp - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    No one expects him to be the old Brandon Roy. Yet people don’t give him a chance to compete as a role player like Grant Hill has. Why the double standard?

    • observingii - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      Hill has played less than Roy so far.

      • fm31970 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Hill came back from major knee surgery and played very well for at least four years. Roy is done, period. His knees have zero cushioning left. Call it quits, this is getting silly.

        Roy’s gonna end up looking like Cool Hand Luke when Dragline kept knocking him down. “Stay down, Luke!” Maybe Roy needs to watch that to realize there’s a time to call it quits, and that time was two years ago for him.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Not a double standard.
      Everybody I know is rooting for Roy, but there’s no positive spin to the fact that he took a lot of time off from basketball to rest his knees and pursued experimental treatments before coming back, yet required surgery soon after the season started despite playing limited minutes.

      Does anybody think he’ll do better after mid-season knee surgery than he did after a prolonged break from basketball?

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