Roy back practicing after surgery, retirement out of question

12/13/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Brandon Roy was back practicing on Thursday, just a month after his seventh-career knee surgery.
The former NBA Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy revived his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer after retiring with the Portland Trail Blazers last season due to chronic knee issues. And when his latest injury struck so that he had to undergo right knee arthroscopic surgery on 19th November, Brandon Roy still didn’t contemplate retirement.
No… I don’t really read that stuff. But I don’t know where that could have come from” Brandon Roy refuted reports that leaving the game through retirement had again crossed his mind this season. “I never thought about walking away. It was, for me, just do I want to go through another procedure or do I want to play through it.”
Brandon Roy said he’d been going strong through training camp banging-up his knees against another player during the Minnesota Timberwolves exhibition game against the Milwaukee on 26th October. The All-star Brandon Roy re-aggravated his knees in a collision during a 9th November game against the Indiana Pacers.
While committing to light workout on a limited non-contact basis during practice on Thursday, Brandon Roy participated in team warm-ups, shooting drills and was able to do some running as well. Brandon Roy has also been spending considerable time in the weight room to get his right leg back to full strength, and expects to practice without restriction next week.
But despite all this activity, Brandon Roy still has no timetable for his return to the lineup. Its likely Brandon Roy won’t be able to fully test his knee for some time given the Minnesota Timberwolves busy schedule. The team had four games in the upcoming five days, putting-off the Minnesota Timberwolves next full-contact practice until 21st December.
"The goal was to try to come in and help this team out, so I still have a lot of time left to try to do that. You can't prepare for something like that, but now I've gone through it,” said Brandon Roy. “About a month later, I'm happy we got it done, and I feel better.”
So far, Brandon Roy has played five games for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.
Brandon Roy’s return will only prove to be a boost to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ game if he is counted for regular minutes and reasonable production. But the 28-year-old Brandon Roy already put that prospect into doubts by acknowledging “that small concern” at the back of his mind that he’ll never be able to regain 100 percent strength in his knees. Still, there have been no glaring signs for losing all hope to return as Brandon Roy has always supported his imminent recovery to full-health with reports of the “nagging” pain being lifted and typically feeling good through practices.
However, whenever Brandon Roy returns, he’ll be overshadowed in the backcourt by other Minnesota Timberwolves standouts coming off knee surgery. Point guard Ricky Rubio has been practicing on complete basis and is only awaiting clearance from the team. The 22-year-old Ricky Rubio could make his season debut when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.
"I really have no idea. Every day they're testing,” said coach Rick Adelman, adding so far the Spaniard hasn’t suffered any setbacks. “They're doing work on him, to see where he's at. I'm sure we'll make that decision come Saturday.”
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