Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  5 responses

Brandon Roy Practicing Again, Not Thinking of Retirement

Given the gloom and doom that surrounded his last interview, when the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that Brandon Roy would be available for media availability yesterday, some feared the worst. Roy, however, isn’t ready to walk away from the game. He was back on the court a month after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Per the AP: “The former NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Star decided to revive his career in Minnesota this season. Roy said the latest knee trouble didn’t prompt him to consider retirement, like he did a year ago when he was with Portland. ‘I never thought about walking away. It was just, for me, do I want to go through another procedure? Or do I want to play through it?’ Roy said Thursday. Roy said he felt fine in training camp, but he banged knees with another player in an exhibition game against Milwaukee on Oct. 26, and the discomfort worsened after another collision in a game against Indiana on Nov. 9. He had the operation on Nov. 19. Roy has been doing light drills with the team but said there’s no timetable for his return to the lineup. The Wolves have four games in the next five days, so he won’t be back for that. He said he’ll start to practice at full speed next week. ‘The goal was to try to come in and help this team out, so I still have a lot of time left to try to do that. You can’t prepare for something like that, but now I’ve gone through it. About a month later, I’m happy we got it done, and I feel better,’ said Roy, who played in five games before the surgery. Roy acknowledged ‘that small concern’ in the back of his mind that he’ll never reach 100 percent strength in his knees again but said several times in a post-practice interview with reporters that he feels good and the pain is gone.”

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  • LLC#12

    This guy is making a serious run at the 2016 wheelchair basketball, how much more can his legs take? Still I have a lot of respect for his refusal to walk away from his dream, just hope he doesn’t regret it in the future.

  • spit hot fiyah

    for real, from an outside perspective it seems kind of insane considering most of would like to able to walk when we are 50

  • Mike From Spain

    Roy isn’t ready to walk away from the game. It’s obvious, with those knees of his he probably can’t walk at all, tsk tsk.

  • danpowers

    i dont rlly like that. he is risking his health. its a shame but its obvious that he should retire. nobody wants him to end up in a wheel chair

  • knowledgable man

    you have to admire his desire to play basketball