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Brandon Roy has another knee setback, still hopes to play this season

Jan 31, 2013, 4:19 PM EST

Brandon Roy AP

Ugh.

Brandon Roy’s attempted comeback from knee problems with the Minnesota Timberwolves lasted all of five games before he needed another knee surgery. Recovery from said surgery has not gone quickly or smoothly but the former All-Star guard isn’t ready to give up on his dream of returning to the NBA.

Then today comes this tweet from Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

Ugh.

It is possible the Timberwolves use his salary in a trade (if they make one) but nobody expects to see him back on the court this season.

There will be no snark or “doesn’t he realize” comments from me because I can’t imagine what it really would be like to be in his shoes — to achieve a dream of NBA stardom only to have your body betray you and take the dream away while you are in your 20s. Roy will come to whatever decisions he comes to when he is ready to do so.

I just know I miss watching vintage Brandon Roy play the game. He was a joy.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Too bad to hear. I don’t think he will be able to play any more, but I applaud him for trying. He shows a love of the game we don’t always see.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    It’s a shame to hear, but the writing is on the wall.

    After retiring from Portland due to injury, he had a long period of rest supplemented by rehab and the Orthokine (“Kobe Treatment”) in Germany before coming back with Minnesota.

    After coming back, he almost immediately was injured, and he’s spent months struggling to recover from the surgery he required early in the season. And all this bad health came after that long period of rest and treatments to prepare himself for a season.

    I’d be shocked to see him playing next year after all this

  3. diabloryno - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    He’s been having set backs with his knee(s) for a few years now!

  4. qpoiu1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    I would love to see this guy playing at a high level again, but it just seems like he won’t…..very sad

  5. paleihe - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Roy was a stud. I remember watching his game vs Dallas in the playoffs, where he put the team on his shoulders and carried them to victory in Portland. That was amazing.

    Wish you the best, Brandon. But, do your knees and future health a favor, stop trying to come back. Be a coach. Pursue another passion. Just please stop hurting yourself.

  6. badintent - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    DEER Antler extract, plus some stem cells, the Kobe blood treatment, Shark fin pills , a liter of teequlia, blend with lime juice and inject twice a day.

    This message has been brougth to you by Ray Lewis, Arodless, Vijay Singh and every pro jock out there.

  7. fanofevilempire - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    as long as he is willing to keep trying, I’ll keep on wishing him the best.
    Oden too.

  8. observingii - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    As long as you’re getting $5M per year plus the buyout from Portland, why wouldn’t you “keep trying” and court the sympathy of those who don’t understand when it’s time to take the money and run.

  9. shanelsweet - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    There’s lots of guys getting paid very well in the NBA who won’t play. There’s no good reason to have 15 players on a team when you play mostly no more than 10. But, that’s what a union will always do for you. Look at the Teamsters. They’ve been getting folks paid for doing nothing for years!

  10. cjispro - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Time for Roy to play Murderball. No knees required.

  11. fm31970 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Dr. Rudy Wells couldn’t fix Roy’s knees.

    Retire. You had a good NBA run, but it’s over, Brandon.

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