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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  25 responses

Brandon Roy Planning a Comeback to the NBA


Brandon Roy sadly had to retire from the NBA prior to the season due to ongoing problems with his knees, but now he says that a comeback isn’t out of the question (news that was a total surprise to the Portland Trailblazers.) From Eurobasket: “It’s hard being away from the game. Don’t be surprised if you see Brandon Roy make his way back to the court.’ The five-year veteran, who was selected sixth in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, retired on December 10, 2011, after suffering from ongoing trouble with his knees. Lately, Roy has been working out in his hometown gym, preparing for a life changing possibility. ‘It burns being away from the game and watching the entire season from the outside,’ a frustrated Roy said as he followed the shortened 2011-12 NBA season from his living room couch. According to sources close to the player, regardless of his knee problems, Roy’s decision to retire wasn’t all health related. ‘There’s something to it, but it’s not the right time for me to get into it right now,’ Roy said. ‘I’ve been doing some treatment and I’m trying to leave the window open to returning to basketball.’ When met with skepticism regarding his comeback, Roy explained, ‘It’s the truth. It’s really hard being so far away from the game. I spend time watching Jamal (Crawford) and following all of his games; Will (Conroy) and Tre (Simmons) are both doing their thing, so it’s driving me to wanna come back out there. If the treatment I’ve been looking into can work, I believe there’s a good chance you will see Brandon Roy back hoopin’.'”

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  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    I really hope he can make it back, I have a sneaky suspicion that he was somehow forced into retirement by Portland.

  • Mansonovic

    And where’s the best place for injured veterans to rejuvenate their careers? Phoenix, of course!

  • Nick

    Now that’s good news! I’ve really been looking forward to see the guy play again. All my best wishes to Brandon.

  • Jetfuel

    Best of luck, would be awesome if he could

  • http://nba.com KJ

    He would be awesome in OKC. Then again, it would already be super awesome just seeing him play again.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Brandon Roy. my fav Player. Get Healthy, Second best Shooting Gaurd in his Prime.

  • AD

    @dfrance i disagree because if they forced broy to retire, why not force greg oden…. but i hope he does come back. even if he’s not the same he’s still better then most of the bums in the lg.. plus the blazers do not look right without him

  • phillygirl109

    I hope it works out for him. His retirement came too soon. Pulling for you, ROY.

  • Sean B

    I agree he should go to Phoenix look how they have revitalized Grant Hill. He and Greg Oden should both hop on the first private jet to Phoenix and play for minimum contracts.

  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    I think they were still holding out hope that Oden can bounce back. Roy has an actual disease in his knees, they know its not going away. Oden has just had a series of bad breaks. But it’s just a theory. The fact that he says there is ore to his retirement than bad knees makes it sound fishy.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Idc bring him to the Bulls this dude is a great guy, a great player, and deserves greatness.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    I would love for Brandon Roy to make a comeback. But only if he can play all out. Watching him play his last two years was painful.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    PHX. That is all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    A Brandon Roy comeback is the LAST thing the Trailblazers want.

  • Kadavour

    first stop Germany. you’re welcome. THEN Phoenix

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    So does this mean he’s gonna get that Kobe blood-spinning treatment thing? Will it work on him? One thing for sure…if he comes back — stay away from Portland and it’s medical staff.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he can’t return to Portland until his current contract (which was amnestied) runs its corse (2014-15).

  • Rainman

    i said before he retired, PHX wud be a good fit. We need a good back up guard, he needs a good medical team…lets get talkin!

  • wjl

    brandon roy was cold!! it sucks he had knee problems he def. made the blazers a better team. some people can drop 30 and dont affect the game he reminds me of billups when he scores it affects the game big time. i know what he is going threw to an extent i couldnt play my senior season cuz i broke my finger(kudos to kobe for playing with finger problems hes cold to)and it was so hard to just sit there and watch. good luck roy

  • clay

    seriously guys? He was amazing in his prime, but he literally has no cartilage left in his knees. He was absolutely horrible in Portland last year and it was sad to watch such a great player suck so terribly bad because of injuries. I hope Portland has the sense to pass on this one, we don’t need more dead weight.

  • Hart26

    I really hope he can. He has a great passion for this game.

  • BlazrFan

    Love B-Roy, but is he trying to f*ck us? This is the Darius Miles situation all over again. He will come back, and we will lose out on millions of dollars, and have to cut key players for cap space. More drama for P-Town.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    This is great news. Just hope it happens..

  • IamYou

    He’s my favorite player man! Very humble, very down to earth! He’s really good of a player. I really do hope that he comes back to blazerz or whichever team he plays for in the future!

  • michaelHbballboy

    masonovic your’e an idiot. he’s not an injured veteran. although he has had bad knees, he was rarely injured in college and did very well with UW, and his early years at Portland. Roy is definetly not a veteran or OLD by any means. The man is 27 years old. get your facts straight buddy and stop being a moron. When an NBA player is 26-30 they’re in there “primes” so if he could come back healthy don’t count him out for a successful second run at things. It’s been done by many players and I think Roy has a good shot at it. He’s very athletic and talented and just has to get healthy and make sure he has enough rest in between games and treats his knees the right way. He may not get 35-40 min like he used to but a good 25-30 I could see happening. Peace and GOOD LUCK ROY!!!!

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