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Adelman admits what we all know: He doesn’t expect Brandon Roy back

Feb 21, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

Brandon Roy

I was rooting for Brandon Roy to make it work. I was hoping he could come back, play in a limited role and still get to compete. It was clear his knees were not going to allow him to be Brandon Roy, three-time All-Star again, but I was rooting for his comeback.

But he has played in just five games for the Timberwolves this season and those were the first five games. He’s been out with knee pain since.

Rick Adelman said he doesn’t expect Roy to come walking through that door this season, he told the Pioneer Press.

Adelman said Roy “hasn’t worked out with us” and doesn’t know “where he stands.”

“If he does play, it will be a pleasant surprise,” Adelman said before the Wolves’ game Wednesday night, Feb. 20, against Philadelphia at Target Center. “I don’t expect him at this point.”

The Timberwolves and Roy’s people have talked about a contract buyout, but they wanted to keep his salary on the rolls until after the trade deadline, in case they needed him to balance out a trade. Once the deadline passes a buyout likely will be announced and Roy will retire. Again.

  1. ajek23 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    I really wanted to see him make it back. Its truly a sad story… On the other hand how may years have to come and go for the blazers medical staff get it right. Three names Bowie, Roy, and Oden….

    • hannsta - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      3 names over what, 20 years? Oden has one leg 2 inches taller than the other, Roy had this first surgery in highschool. There is only so much modern technology can do. You can name a few players on EVERY other team over the course of 20 years that have had career ending injuries, the Blazers just had it happen to their stars. Oden is the only one who blamed the medical staff, though he also blamed himself for being drunk, partying all the time, and not taking his rehab seriously in the next sentence. Somehow its the staff that’s remembered.

  2. rj2323 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Sad man I loved Roy in his prime the game I will never forgot is when he came in an torched the mavs in the playoffs what a performance

  3. adoombray - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    From everyone who played NBA2k13 this year as the Timberwolves, thanks at least for trying Brandon. in my franchise mode he still drops a 20-10 every night with the highlight reel dimes for Rubio. We as NBA fans have been robbed by not getting this in the real world. :(

  4. thestudiokida - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Brandon Roy’s comeback seemed like a ruse at the time and now I know for sure. He just wanted a little extra salary for his retirement and Minnesota took the bait. No credible source seriously thought there was any play left in those knees.

  5. kb2408 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Enjoy the rest of your post NBA life, you had a great career.

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