Brandon Roy’s season in jeopardy after latest knee setback

1/31/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Guard Brandon Roy has been having a difficult time executing a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. So far he’s played limited minutes with the team in all but four games while dealing with career-long knee issues.
 
The 28-year-old seemed at a good stage in his recovery last week after he came out of a successful workout with Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, only to aggravate his right knee the following day while again recovering from a November surgery.
 
“I felt I was getting close to being able to play. And (I was) just starting to pick up my workouts,” Brandon Roy said on Thursday. “I didn’t actually bump anybody, just made a move, and kind of tweaked it. Had a setback.”
 
“Mentally, I thought I was in a good place,” continued Brandon Roy. “When that happened, I said, ‘Here we go again.’”"
 
A few weeks earlier, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Khan indicated that the team was considering a new approach to speed up the healing process in Brandon Roy’s knee. As it turned out the new approach relied on a knee brace to help “unload some of the pressure” on Brandon Roy’s joint. But Brandon Roy’s injured knee didn’t adjust well to the new treatment. Soon after taking on the knee brace, Brandon Roy started experiencing discomfort in his hamstring, as doctors predicted. Following the latest setback, Brandon Roy still has to work through that issue on his way to recovery.
 
“I still don’t have a timetable,” said Brandon Roy. “Just trying to fight through it and get back on the court. … I am able to work out. But we’re trying to get a new schedule where we don’t pound day to day.
 
“Maybe I’ll work hard on Monday, then go lighter on Tuesday,” added Brandon Roy, “to see if that will get me closer to being able to play games, and get into shape to where I can’t practice as much, but I can play some games.”
 
Brandon Roy underwent offseason orthokine procedure and extensive rehab after signing up with the Minnesota Timberwolves following a two-year retirement. But he was sidelined following the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Nov.9 game. After experiencing discomfort in his right knee again, Brandon Roy underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on No.19. But the road to recovery was littered with a series of setbacks.
 
The three-time All-Star Brandon Roy underwent his first setback from knee surgery in late December while being medically cleared for an upgrade in his workout. But since then it’s been a struggle with doubts about his availability with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remaining season.
 
Still Brandon Roy was adamant about returning this season although he too had doubts about a certain return.
 
“There are moments when I don’t know if it will happen again. And then I’ll start working out, building and I get to a place where I have a great workout,” Brandon Roy discussed his prospects of return. “Friday I worked out great, and Saturday there was a setback. So I’m disappointed right now. But if it settles down, mentally I think I can start building my confidence to hopefully get back out there.”
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