Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 10:45 am  |  9 responses

Brandon Roy: ‘I’m Happy Playing Basketball Again’

It wasn’t that long ago that Brandon Roy‘s outlook on his NBA career was less than encouraging, but these days, with him feeling good physically and the Blazers winning, things are starting to look up. From The Oregonian: “This,’ Roy said, ‘is exciting for me.’ In truth, Roy is borderline giddy. His knees are not swelling. His body feels great. And above all, he has moved out of the dark place he was in for much of January, when he fretted that his season, and his career, could be ending. During that dark time, he dwelled on certain numbers: The $82 million contract he had just signed. The fact that he was 26 and facing the end of his career. Now, he is fixated on a different number: 16. As in April 16 –the start of the NBA playoffs. ‘Personally, I’m happy playing basketball again,’ said Roy, who missed 30 games from Dec. 16 through Feb. 23. ‘I’m not at a disadvantage. Physically, I felt like I was at a disadvantage. I couldn’t attack because I was hurt. But now, I’m starting to build and build. And knowing that I can be even stronger come April 16 from where I’m at now … I think we can be pretty good.’ He is cautious to say he will ever return to his All-Star form. He has heard too many doctors explain the bone-on-bone condition of his knees to think he will return to the slashing, explosive, game-changing player he was in his first five seasons. But he has embraced the notion of changing his game –’adapting’ he calls it – which includes a different role (off the bench), a different style (more jump shots, less drives) and a different approach (fewer, if any, practices).”

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  • J.C.

    Damn, so sad to see such a talent burn out this quickly. Don’t give up yet homie.

  • Riggs

    im sorry but the medical staff in portland are horrible. This dude should not be playing until next season, and this wouldnt have happened if he didnt come back early before.

  • dsleepy

    but how does he stay in playing shape if he does not practice and doesn’t have the physical capability to condition himself?

  • http://bashmo_4@hotmail.com bashmo

    Knee injuries are always pretty bad. CP3 is currently more or less experiencing that same lack of explosiveness and first step to the cup, but both guys are playing through it, toughing it out for their squads. Don’t push it though, BRoy. One of the smoovest players inthe game right here

  • Detroit Dave

    B Roy is such a cerebral player that even without being athletic he will be a very good player for years to come. Kinda reminds me of Grant Hill and Antonio McDysse even T-Mac. These are guys who were once WORLD CLASS athletes and had to adjust to being human, but look at how effective they are now!!!!!

  • Coney Islander

    He needs to go to the SUNS some how, get some of those stem cells they import from Mexico.

  • Red Star

    Glad to see him back!

  • TSmoove

    Maybe this wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t come back for the playoffs last year smh…still a great player tho

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    we all hope for the best. he deserves a chance to play, even if its a smaller role. dont push it thought captain, sit yo a$$ down if you need.