Brandon Roy decides against retiring again
Once, an All-Star and included amongst the league’s elite guards in his five-year stint with the Portland Trail Blazers, Brandon Roy has been plagued by knee injuries through his career. Brandon Roy underwent a blood-spinning treatment in the knees to boost his health during the summers. But Brandon Roy’s early returns were not so impressive. The 28-year-old Brandon Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season before undergoing right knee arthroscopic surgery on 19th November. It was Brandon Roy’s seventh knee surgery since high-school.
Brandon Roy participated in “full” practice for the first time down the stretch on Thursday, in hopes of a return from knee surgery in Minnesota Timberwolves’ home game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. But Brandon Roy had to immediately pull-back due to a series of setbacks, which again sparked the retirement rumors.
In truth, Brandon Roy had been mulling over the question himself over the past two days, as he missed Friday’s practice and wasn’t even present for Saturday morning shootarounds ahead of the Phoenix Suns game. It was the second-time Brandon Roy has considered retirement in nearly three years. Doctors have continued to question whether Brandon Roy’s knees can with stand the grind of playing in NBA. While Brandon Roy’s toughness and persistence is admirable, the Minnesota Timberwolves do need a healthy player
That’s why the player who found his way back from retirement this summer despite chronic knee issues will again attempt to take control of his body and destiny by undergoing further treatment to continue playing in the NBA. Brandon Roy offered further clarity over his decision to continue playing in an official statement released later on Saturday.
“Last week while practicing, I suffered a setback in my recovery. I’ve felt better since the recent surgery, but I am not all the way better,” the statement cited Brandon Roy. “The past two days I have been weighing all of my options as I try to continue my basketball career.”
“I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan,” continued the statement. “My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team. “
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operation David Khan revealed that it will likely take 3-4 weeks before it can be determined if the unspecified treatment worked on Brandon Roy’s knee. David Khan added that while the Minnesota Timberwolves are “hoping for the best” new regarding Brandon Roy and his troublesome knees, it is also “preparing for the worst.”