Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  21 responses

Brandon Roy: ‘I Kind of Like to Be Doubted and Counted Out’

Brandon Roy tells the Oregonian that he doesn’t quite know how his body will react once the NBA resumes business, but that he plans on surprising people with how well he plays: “I just don’t even want to put anything out there,’ said Roy, who celebrated his 27th birthday Saturday. ‘I don’t want to get hopes up one way or the other. I’m just trying to work to get better. And if I surprise a million people, that’s better. Hopefully, I can surprise some people.’ At the same time, Roy let it be known he knows what has been said about him. That his knees no longer allow him to move with the surgical precision that made him one of the most crafty and effective players in the NBA. That he can no longer leap high enough to finish drives to the basket. And that the bone-on-bone condition of both his knees has all but ended his career. He has heard all of it, and in a way, it motivates him. ‘I’m definitely fine with how some things are said, and what people are saying about me,’ Roy said. ‘I kind of like to be doubted and counted out. That’s a good place for me. I like this role.’ What exactly that role will be once the Blazers and the NBA reconvene remains to be seen. Roy said he had mixed results recently after resuming basketball drills. The bad news? He says he doesn’t have the same lift on his jumps as he did during his run of three All-Star appearances. The good news is that he has surprised himself with his mobility, and he has been free of pain and swelling. Plus, his knees feel stronger than they did during the season — in part because of the nearly three months since the season ended and in part because the January surgeries are even further in the past. So where does all this leave him and his expectations for next season, when he will make $15 million? Again, no headlines. No expectations.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i hope he is not done, but i think he is

  • Ryan

    I agree. At this point I am hoping for a Grant Hill like second career Brandon Roy is one of the few guys who seems to have the class and brains required to follow in Grant’s footsteps.

    By the way, what would you trade for the chance to see Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Yao Ming, Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton or Larry Johnson have a full and healthy career? I’d start my bidding with Tim Thomas’s life…

  • SIkhWitIt

    B-Roy is not done. He will be back.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @ryan arvidas just came in real late, he was serious like cancer in europe b4 the L, but he did have knee issues

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @ryan arvidas just came in late, he was serious like cancer in europe before the L, he did have knee issues though

    sorry if this is a double post


    Well at least there is nothing wrong with B-Roy’s heart.

  • da Real

    I hate to say it, but this is T-Mac the sequel

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    My third favorite player in the league after Kobe and OJ Mayo. He will be back and he is a killer on NBA2K11.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I like what ryan said lol

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Trade him to Phoenix! So the mirical doctors can do their work!
    Make it happen who ever runs things over there!

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    @Ryan Wow…Tim Thomas’s life…thats funny, messed up, but funny.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Meh. Never been a Brandon Roy fan. I’ll just leave it at that.

  • permaculture james

    just sad seeing potential like that limited.
    NBA2K: love being able to play the Blazers on the 2k9 edition with brandon roy and oden healthy. Roy can score at will and if he misses Oden has a tomahawk put back slam.

  • http://slam.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    I kind of like him kind of liking being doubted and counted out.

  • bike

    I wouldn’t mind being doubted and counted out if I was going to make 15 million no matter how poorly I played.

  • dma

    i wouldn’t even try if i were making $15M a year. send me to the D-League. Make me water boy. I’d be a team’s whooping boy for a cool $1M

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    This dude had ridiculous finishing ability around the cup on 2K10.

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    I would have paid anything to see Larry Johnson fully rest after his surgery!!!!

  • http://hansdeiter33@gmail.com Bmack

    That fourth quarter vs. the mavs still gives me shivers tho. The way he played with both knees hurting bad that night, gives me hope for the future.

  • doyouwantmore

    I’d spend 5 million on robot knees.

  • MikeC.

    I would love to have seen Larry Johnson get a 12-15 year run with a fully healthy body. Explosive hops, powerful finisher, post moves for days, handles for a 4, creative and willing passwer, great teammate and locker room guy. Later in his career he became a reliable 3-pt shooter. All around awesome. Too bad he ripped up his back in a charity game and was never the same.