Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am  |  27 responses

Brandon Roy Says His Career is at a ‘Crossroad’

Brandon Roy’s knee has slowed his attempt at a comeback this season, and while it’s clear the T-Wolves guard is attempting to remain positive, he seems have come to the realization that he’ll be back on an NBA court this year—or never again. Via CSNNW: “For a brief moment, former Portland Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy nearly called it a career after suffering yet another setback in his rehabilitation from knee surgery last Saturday in an individual workout. The plan for the Minnesota Timberwolves guard was to make his return to action Feb. 1 against the Los Angles Lakers at Target Center, after having two successful workout days. After that, he would join the team for practices leading up to the game. Friday’s session went as planned. Saturday’s didn’t. While performing a move in the first 20 minutes of the workout, he felt something in his right knee that he has felt far too often. He tweaked it, eliminating any possibility of him returning to action before the All-Star break. ‘As soon as it happened, in my head, I said ‘I quit. I just quit,’ an emotional Roy told CSNNW.com. ‘That was my first thought, that I couldn’t do this anymore. I’m at a crossroad in my career.’ He’s certain that if he can’t get right this season, it will be the end of his career. And he’s fine with that. I look at it like this has got to be the last season,’ he said. ‘I don’t have any regrets because I know I tried to give it another season. So me saying this has to be the last season, it’s not as difficult as it was last year. I tried. I gave it that last effort and it’s time to move on. I’m at that range to whereI’m at peace with things.’”

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  • Max

    Damn, retire allready before you can’t walk anymore.

  • Fat Lever

    And as a Sixer fan, this is what I fear Bynum has and what his issue will be. I just get the feeling that anyone that offers him a long term deal will destroy their cap. Unless the team still has their amnesty rights(which Philly used on Brand, who ironically, we could use in the worst way right now).

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    feel bad for brandon roy but he made plenty of money but some just cant stay healthy and some are iron men..not sure how it works out!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    his career was at a crossroads 2 years ago. there is just an off-ramp now.

  • Caboose

    Just a heads up SLAM, proof reading would have helped on this one.

  • eugene

    Just sad


    I applaud the effort and hard work from B-Roy, but he needs to take a page out of TJ Ford’s book….I’m sure he can land a gig that keeps him close to the game. People respect him and I’m sure he could be an impact behind the scenes the way a lot of former players are.

  • spit hot fiyah

    bone thugs n harmony

  • The Philosopher

    He’s had a good career.
    Has made good money, and has carried himself like a professional throughout the entire deal. In my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    respect for b roy.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne


  • hillbilly

    Yeah, exactly what I was thinking. Don’t you need two roads for that whole crossing thing to happen?

  • i_ball

    I loved the guy! It’s really sad. Keep your head up BRoy, you did what you could!

  • JP

    Go away B Roy. Lots of people can’t work in their dream job, and I feel nothing for this millionaire, who got to live his dream for years. Go be with your family and not end up in a wheelchair at age 35. Just go away, Im sick of hearing about Brandon Roy. He’s selfish, Portland was a great team with Andre Miller throwing lobs to Aldridge. Then B Roy busted knees
    wants to keep coming back early, not let himself heal, so he can start and “help his team” – more like be a selfish baby and disrupt his team.
    Perhaps if he had let himself heal up properly years ago, he may have had a little more longevity. The guy could barely run earlier this season with the T-wolves. I mean really, let it go dude, let it go. Im not impressed that he won’t “quit” because its not quitting, it facing reality. He cant play anymore, he will never be that guy. Suck it up be a man and let it go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HolyBaller Dillan Leu

    You’re a real dick bro.

  • Redd

    I would’ve been honored if he’d have retired with my Chicago Bulls, but great guy & amazing player.

    He did everything he could & despite failing, he’s one of the best to me.

  • i_ball

    I little to much hate!

  • Caboose

    Did Brandon take your gf from you man? Jeez…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    B-Roy stole my girl Base god, lmao

  • LakeShow

    I was looking down the comments just to see if someone had a BTIH reference on here lol.
    I immediately started singing it when I read the title haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Had his knees held up really think he could have been one of the top 3 shooting guards in NBA history. Had a complete game, defense was maybe a little suspect (lateral quickness would be an issue with his knees.) but other than that he could do it all shoot, attack, excellent passer, ultra smooth game I loved watching him play, even when bounced my Illini in the 06 March Madness tourney.

  • mike

    that sucks so bad. you think about all the great careers that are derailed by injuries- its often staying healthy that is the difference. i mean look at someone like fisher or nash- who wouldve thought theyd have better careers than marbury, kittles, etc in 97?
    ming, mcgrady, penny, hill, grandmama, so many of my favourite players growing up were robbed of their primes due to injuries. who s to say that the 2000′s wouldn’t have been the hill/ mcgrady era or now the ming/mcgrady era- instead of the kobe lebron years?
    is it me- or are athletes MORE prone to injuries than they were in the 80s? maybe its selective perception. but despite athletic advances, and extended careers , players are also dropping like flies. in the 80s and early 90s it seemed the best players all were lucky to stay healthy. barkley, malone, stockton, robinson, hakeem, on and on- all the prime time players stayed healthy and playeed 12 years plus- whereas starting with around 91 92 draft classes – we ve seen almost it seems 40 percent of the star players get cut their careers at some point, normally just short of prime. interested to hear theories on this or whether it is just my own selective perception.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Fisher had a better career than Marbury? I mean i know Marbury fell out of favour in the public eye…but really? Unless you meant “Who knew Fisher would have a LONGER career”…

  • lex

    penny Hardaway

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    This is sad. He did have a pretty good career in a short amount of time tho

  • http://twitter.com/DPisWill DePaul Williams

    Man this hurts, this guy was trying soooooo hard to make a come back, even after he announced his retirement he was still training at the Trailblazers’ practice facility just testing the waters, thank you for the memories…so many to choose from but I’ll never forget that game winner a couple years back against the Houston Rockets when you pulled up from 30…or how you took over games in the playoffs against Dallas your last year with Portland…thank you BRoy…God Bless bro


    Youre an idiot!! Really, selfish? He could just as easily not came back after living his dream and having it cut short not by his choice, but because of his knees. I magine being him, living his dream, young, talented , and huge dreams of winning a championship and boom! It all comes to an abrupt stop, this guy loves the game!! Not just the money! He’s not one of these knucklehead players making millions of dollars and could care less about winnni g, or acting like a professional and being a great role model to young kids. The guy simply has the desire in his heart to play the game!! How can you not respect the guy for that?? He didnt come baxk for the money, he came back only because he believed he could play and could contribute in a positive way. He brought our portland trail blazers from being the laughing stock of the nba to a competitive, respectable and proud team. He is a stud and was one of the best when he was healthy..cur the guy some slack,if someone told you hay”youll never walk again” I guaranteed if you had any heart and pride, you would not just sit back and accept that, he wanted to prove he could still play, so it didnt work out for hil, NOT BECAUSE HE SIMPLY QUIT, HIS KNEES DID! SHOW THE GUY THE RESPECT HE DESERVES! MILLIONAIRE OR NOT!! He’s still a man!