Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 10:07 am  |  74 responses

Report: Brandon Roy to Announce Retirement

Sad news. Brandon Roy will reportedly announce that he’s hanging up his sneakers for good today. Per ESPN: “Sources say Brandon Roy to announce medical retirement due to degenerative knees, possibly as soon as today.”

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  • The Truth

    Too young, too soon!

  • Monkeyfntstc

    NOOOOOO!! I loved seeing him play.. sad to see him stop :(

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  • http://www.streetbasket.lv Krisjanis

    awww naw, hell naw!!!

  • LP

    This cant be true, very sad…an all-star a few years ago…

  • Lew alcindor

    dammit man, I solely blame the blazers medical and management staff for letting him come back to soon TWICE. They shouldve shown tough love and told him to shut up and stay on the bench for his own well being, but instead they let him play because he forced them to.

  • thor

    Man this sucks, knee injuries really is a B****.

  • Bravo

    Damn glad rapts didn’t draft u !!!!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Damn.. didn’t expect that. Good luck in the future Roy.

  • Trout

    That was always coming but I thought at least a year or two in the future. I wish him well.



  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Sad, if he would be healthy he would be in the conversation for to 2 guard for sure..

  • lbj6mj23

    no acls no playing i saw this caming

  • http://officialblogfamily.tumblr.com KG

    Stay up Brandon!

  • ab40

    they tried this with darius miles. now they’ll try to keep roy out of the nba the next two to three years which sucks.

  • AD

    portand is cursed

  • underdog

    Damn, no. Hell no.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    Not just an all-star. Kid was All-NBA and my 2nd favorite player in the L. Feel bad for him. I thought he was on a resurgence after dropping like 45 points in 10 minutes against the Mavericks.

  • marc

    Bravo if the raptors drafted they would have prolly been on tv more. I thought he had at least 2 more years.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Wow. I am shocked by this. I mean we all know his knees are shot but to straight up retire? Damn. Assistant Coach maybe?

  • BlackStar

    Dang man … That’s so freaking sad. B Roy was the truth. And the Blazers really must be cursed.

  • projectphantom

    That should have been Oden, not you bradon noooo

  • mike

    Very sad. Will always be a great player. Hope Brandon stays involved with the game in some way.

  • JEr dawg

    He was fearless, clutch, and great all around player. It will suck not watching him light teams up anymore. As a rival fan I hated it and it’s a sign of respect. Hope he finds peace and a way to stay involved in basketball.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign ab40.

  • Partfoop

    This is a real shame. He seemed like a great guy, a hard worker, a clutch player … He wasn’t my favorite player, but the league’s worse without him.

    And as a Toronto guy, I don’t take any pleasure in anything like this. Respect the game, Bravo.

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  • Nick

    One of the humblest players the league has ever seen.

  • KSupreme

    I wonder if he ever massaged his knees in whirlpool that has high powered jets? Doin that got rid of my knee strain/tendinitis from playing basketball..it’s works incredibly imo..if he had been doing that thruout his whole career, his knees might be in great shape.

  • KSupreme

    The natural…..toughest player to guard, sad day for basketball…..im in absolute shock :(

  • feez_22

    WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT? for christ sakes… Get roy to germany NOW. Get roy some illegal knee surgery w/ stem cells or something. damn it.

  • feez_22

    This retirement was clearly not only for med reasons. I think the fear of getting the amnesty also messed with roy. All that $ he signed for… man Hopefully roy can go to germany or somewhere in europe and get something done. Sad, sad day for basketball indeed. ksupreme hit it right on the head. man… im legit saddened by this. Hopefully he just sits out for a couple yrs, gets the illegal surgery done and makes a comeback like others have.

  • Louis

    Noooooooooo! F**k that!

  • Zack

    Let the Suns fix him up. Way too good of a player to be gone this soon.

  • DP Will

    Another sad day in the sports world because an injury was too much to overcome… Brandon Roy was another special all-star thats gonna make me wonder ‘what if’ for the rest of my life…he was a GREAT 4th quarter player and crafty finisher that you could not say his team was beat until the buzzer sounded… he’s another player on the ‘what if’ list with guys like Penny Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, Magic (if he played longer), MJ (no first retirement) and many more…

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    almost feel like shedding a tear….sad day, sad day, sad past few days for basketball really. One of the absolute most fierce competitors the game has ever seen PERIOD. What he did last year in that final quarter of Game 4 vs. the Mavs shouldn’t be forgotten…A healthy Brandon Roy is just about as good as it gets at the 2-guard position. Competitor, leader, fighter…. SHOTS!!…CLUTCH!!!!!…Special young man. Wish him and his family all the best. *pounds chest one time* will miss you B Roy

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …bro, anybody else kinda feel a general sadness beeing an NBA fan

  • Flight

    One of my favorite players in the L. Sad day.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Incredible. He pulled off that fantastic comeback win against the Mavs with shot knees. All heart, so glad he got that extension when he did, wonder how much of the money he gets to keep?
    Goes to show how quickly these player’s careers can end.
    Get some other medical opinions, Brandon. Bayern Munichs main surgeon, Dr. Müller Wohlfahrt is a genius in repairing joints etc. look him up.

  • Hart

    damn! i thought he could still ball.

  • Go to Europe and get better B Roy maybe you can find your way back into the league one day. Humble player and class act I wish him the best.

  • ClydeSays

    Sad. He showed some flashes of being a great player. Incidently, isn’t CP3 missing cartilage in one of his knees too? Just sayin…

  • http://www.kittywildeonline.com/ RunNGun

    Sad news… I guess no one won that TIMBERWOLVES/BLAZERS trade aka the famous ROY/FOYE trade.

  • jadams12

    good player right here. I dont see why this is a surprise to anyone. Didnt you guys know he was playing a professional sport “Bone on Bone”? -And yes, the Portland Trailblazers are cursed.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Penny 2.0. He’s a good kid and I remember SLAM ran an article on him back in 08-09 that made me fall in love with his game and demeanor. I still remember the anecdote, where the writer (sorry Slam, I forget who) asked BRoy for an interview, but Brandon had no time. Later, Roy looked at the writer and said “I’ll get you later.” Then, right after the game, Roy gave the writer all the time and attention in the world. Sorry Brandon, but thank you for the good times.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    @The Black Rick Kamla I honestly feel more sad now that the season has started. CP3 trade cancelled, Roy retired. First the fat boys break-up…………

  • Bwill22

    Sucks… he was one of the top 3 SG’s.
    Does he still get paid?

  • SwaGG_SeaN

    Damn man sorry to hear about his retirement….I knew this was coming when I used him in 2K12 and was getting my ass bust, and no i don’t suck, I’m a big Roy fan he is my second favorite player in the league after kobe…..maybe 2k knew something that we didn’t know?

  • rav

    shame this, but he’s had one good run despite such a short career when you think of it. seems like a good bloke too, hope he does well in whatever he does

  • Kilo

    Don’t retire! He needs to go to the Suns! No! No! No!

  • sheedfan

    Even yesterday here in Portland the media said Brandon was feeling good, his knees were doing great. No swelling over the off-season. He has been working out and he was happy with the results. Roy was at the practice facility yesterday. Now this? What? I’m confused. He’s still got some left in the tank. Dude has mad heart.

  • T-Money

    he chose to retire because he doesn’t want to be a role player. he could have still played with shot knees – pain wasn’t an issue, it’s just that he was not athletic anymore. i can respect that but on the other hand, he b-tched A LOT in the last year for someone that couldn’t bring it on the reg.


    Penny Hardaway V2.0 :o (

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR6ULRp3Uqk Overtime

    Nasty. A true pro, and one of the actual respectable guys in the league. Feel for the Blazers, they were the Thunder of a couple of years back.

  • jayrose

    Wow this sucks. I enjoyed watching him play. I wish the best for roy and hope to see him hoop again

  • Kinetik

    too young. knee injury is a b*tch. hope he gets treatment and then make come out of retirement.

  • Lew alcindor

    @SwaGG_SeaN: or maybe you do actually suck?, just saying.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Thanks for the years, Brandon.

  • iannyb

    So sad man, he will always be remembered especially that comeback game against Dallas in last years playoffs. But doesn’t Kobe have that same condition??? Its about to be an interesting yr

  • snasty10

    damn man, i used to kill it with Roy in 2k11 he was beast in that game and real life, best of luck to him

  • irondan21

    Paul Allen don’t jumped of that ledge yet. You’ll be back in the lottery in no time.

  • roybot

    @RunNGun That’s where you’re wrong man. The Trail Blazers clearly won the Roy/ Foye trade and there isn’t even an argument. We were the JAIL BLAZERS before this man came into our team and stepped up as a leader immediately. Brandon Roy changed the culture of the Trail Blazers from a struggling organization into a perennial playoff team. Brandon will always be my favorite player. Fellow parents, this is the type of athlete that you can be proud of as a role model for your children. He’s not just an amazing talent, but humble, passionate, stays out of the spotlight, and puts his heart on the court. Here’s hoping to a successful comeback down the line, Brandon, because you don’t deserve this.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Man… I hope he’ll make a come back somewhere down the line. It was a real joy watching him play. Best of luck in retirement, Brandon. One of the greatest Blazers to ever play the game–and would have been a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Thanks for the memories.

  • nbaNw8

    Dont retire B-Roy. Its not time

  • Chukaz

    Don’t worry people, Stern won’t allow this to happen. He’ll veto his retirement. Stern will be damned if he’s gonna let players decide when, where AND why they’re gonna retire. If CP3 got shot in the streets of LA, stern personally would take Paul’s corpse, clad in an Adidas Hornets uniform, back to NO and force them to put Chris Paul in the starting line up. He’d then stop the game to fine CP3 for staining the arena floors with his blood. Then he’d give D12 a technical because f*ck you that’s why

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ LMAO.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    NOOOO PULL A MJ AND COME BACK IN A YEAR OR TWO!!! the league will miss u, there will NEVER be another Brandon Roy, on and off the court :,(

  • Fay

    He is one of my favourites, this sucks…….

  • david

    if the blazers had a medical and training staff as good as the suns would we be reading this depressing story?

  • dan

    nnnoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this has to be a joke!

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    This is sad to hear a young penny i thought he was gonna eventually get a slam cover.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    this is a shame… I’m so sorry man.

  • D lion

    Portland won’t be the same without Roy….at least our last memory of him is that killer comeback against the Mavs (ranked like 8th best comeback in NBA history). I hope Blazers can go all the way this year in honor of Brandon