Brandon Roy a stage away from knee replacement
And although it may not come as a big surprise, Brandon acknowledged in a recent interview with The Oregonian that his knees have reached Level III arthritis. There are only four stages to arthritis.
"Level IV is when you get a knee replacement,” Brandon Roy calmly stated.
Brandon Roy came out of unofficial retirement this offseason to give NBA another shot after experiencing chronic knee issues. The Minnesota Timberwolves guard Brandon Roy has been warned by doctors that subjecting his knees to rigorous workouts and further stress (that can occur while playing basketball) will ultimately eliminate the cartilage from his knees.
The three-time All-Star Brandon Roy retired from the Portland Trail Blazers at the end of the 2011 lockout. But Brandon Roy felt restless and unsatisfied with the terms of his premature retirement, especially when he was on the verge of greatness and stardom after years of being the “underdog.” So he set on a for search for his “identity” by signing a signed to a 2-year, 10 million non-guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"I didn't know who I was anymore. It's like I lost my identity…And even to this day, I'm not fully sure I have recovered that,” said Brandon Roy, “to where I know what my identity is. I think I'm still trying to regain it."
The Portland Trail Blazers used the amnesty clause to waive Brandon Roy, while paying the remaining $63 guaranteed on his contract. However, Brandon Roy harbors no hard feelings since he didn’t wish to “handicap” the Portland Trail Blazers in a “one-sided” deal.
"I don't want to speak for Portland, but medically retiring and them using the amnesty, I think it worked for both sides," said Brandon Roy.
Besides, the lockout-shortened season weighed on Brandon Roy’s mind as he feared a setback to the knees in a condensed 66-game schedule.
"I was like: No. Way. I don't think I can get through this. As bad as I wanted to, I just think that would have been the end,” stated Brandon Roy. “People say I could have sat out one game here and there, and I was like, I would need to sit out four. And I didn't want it to end that way in Portland."
But regardless of eventual end awaiting his career, Brandon Roy is satisfied with his efforts and the way things worked out.
"If it ends in three weeks, it ends. It's over. I'm totally satisfied with what I've done. I know the sacrifice and the effort that I put into coming back,” reflected Brandon Roy. “It took a lot of discipline to get to where I am. That's all I care about: how hard I've worked.”
“So I can't say I'm disappointed, that would be selfish,” continued Brandon Roy. “I was just a normal player my junior year in college, and everything since has been a major blessing.”