Brandon Roy’s thinking retirement… again.
December 29, 2012
During the prime of his career in 2010, Brandon Roy’s bad knee forced him to retire. Many believed during that time that next to Kobe Bryant, Roy was the best shooting guard in the NBA. This year Roy returned to the NBA and signed a 2 year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, his knee problems flared up again, limiting him to only 5 games this year. Last month Brandon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to help ease the pain, but little to no progress has been made. NBA sources say that Roy has exhausted all options and is mulling retirement for a 2nd time.
You hate to see a player of his caliber forced to leave the game he loves, due to inopportune circumstances. Roy is now placed in the “what if” category (a la Grant Hill) of players that have tremendous talent but were unable to fulfill their potential due to devastating and/or nagging injuries.
In 2008, Roy enjoyed his best season as a pro. He averaged 22 points, 5 assists pg, and carried the Trail Blazers to 54 wins and a playoff birth. Above is a clip of Roy erupting for a 52 point explosion against the Phoenix Suns. Roy scored from all over the court, and relentlessly attacked the basket looking to create for himself and his teammates.
Hopefully the 3 time all star, can find a way to get back on the court. The Timberwolves have been forced to start rookie Alexey Shved in Roy’s absence. While Shved has shown flashes of potential, Minnesota could use a veteran presence in the midst of their current slump. The Timberwolves have lost 4 of their last 5 and slipped to a .500 record.