Brandon Roy out for one month following knee surgery
The Minnesota Timberwolves confirmed that Brandon Roy underwent right knee arthroscopic surgery on Monday, which will keep him out for around one month.
“We fully support Brandon’s decision to have today’s arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play,” Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Khan issued in a statement.
Although the latest setback hasn’t crushed Brandon Roy’s hopes of returning this season, such circumstances are always a worrying sign for players coming out of retirement with a history of chronic knee issues.
“From the very start you knew it was going to be up and down. It’s too bad it’s (surgery),” stated Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman. “I think he feels like it’s worth doing and making sure everything is all right.”
The former Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after struggling with arthritic and degenerative knees before retiring last season. It was supposedly a sad end to a creative offensive playmaker’s career, who boasted an explosive first step key in blocking shots and grabbing rebounds on the defense
However, Brandon Roy shifted gears during the offseason, contemplating a comeback and undertaking several workouts before signing a two-year, $10 million non-guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in July.
Brandon Roy took preemptive non-surgical treatment to his knee issues during summers, while Rick Adelman worked on managing his minutes all through preseason and training camp. The reports coming out of training camp rooted positive results for Brandon Roy, with no indications of the chronic knee issues.
However, Brandon Roy banged his knees on multiple occasions after that, starting with the final preseason game against Milwaukee Bucks, followed by a couple of incidents during team practices. Brandon Roy’s latest injury came after re-aggravating his knees in the 9th November game against Indiana Pacers. Since Brandon Roy has missed four consecutive games.
The three-time All-Star Brandon Roy, who boasts career averages of 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game, averaged only 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists during five games for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.
“It’s tough, but it’s probably the best thing to do at this point and see where he’s at,” Rick Adelman stated of Brandon Roy’s knee surgery. “We just have to go with it. Hopefully when it’s over with he’ll be able to come back.”
Brandon Roy will also miss his highly anticipated first return to Portland along with the the Minnesota Timberwolves this Friday.