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Brandon Roy says he won't ever be 100 percent

Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:31 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Brandon Roy is making a little bit of progress. Not necessarily with his health and knee problems, but with his mental state.

A couple months ago, Roy appeared to be having issues accepting his lingering knee problems that are going to affect his career from here on out. He didn't understand why he couldn't just keep playing.

But in speaking with  95.5 The Game in Portland, Roy admitted what we all really already know.
“Well I don’t think medically I will ever be able to get back to 100%.  The doctors do feel confident that I can get back to a high level of basketball.  I don’t want to say to an all-star level because coaches boast those things every year and different guys deserve them but they do feel like I can get to that level where I can continue to help this team and produce at a high level.  Now we are just trying to figure some things out to try to calm the knees down. 

They feel good now and the biggest thing now is going to be once I start playing basketball day-in and day-out how they feel, but I am confident that I can get back to a high level but the biggest thing is that I don’t get a ahead of myself right now and continue to take it slow and really listen to the doctors.  I think in the past there was times I maybe had stepped on their toes a little bit and try to rush back but this time I am trying to be patient and really listen to them.”
Roy still has visions of getting back to a really productive level and why shouldn't he? His career isn't over yet. He's still young. He's going to have to overcome some pretty serious adversity, but nothing says he can't reinvent himself as a new player that does new things. He might not be the Brandon Roy that I fell in love with over his first few years, but he can still play.

Roy has missed the past few weeks because of the knee issues. He's been sitting resting the knee following another arthroscopic procedure, hopefully giving him the chance to get back and play for the Blazers during their stretch run. However, there was an option of season-ending surgery on the table, but Roy continues to remain optimistic.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 7:05 pm

Brandon Roy says he won't ever be 100 percent

"Clutch game winners"? What he's had like one maybe two in his career? Kobe Bryant had seven last year! I live in portland and while Brandon Roy is a really good player he is far from clutch! But being a Laker fan who lives in Portland all you here is he's a top 5 guard in this league. News flash no he's not he wasn't before the injury and he definetly won't be now. Role player get used to saying it because that's all that guy will ever be. I doubt he will ever reach 20.0 PPG ever again probably more like 16.5 PPG with his assist numbers going up a little bit.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:42 pm

Brandon Roy chooses the low-key

Brandon is that amazingly rare creature - a humble superstar. Sure, he has some serious knee issues. He is acknowledging the changes needed to come. But Brandon has always relied on his smarts and subtle moves to dominate. He has rarely used his 40' vertical leap to its fullest. If that now is 36' it still is plenty for his purposes. He just wants to low-key the prognisis to avoid creating expectations.  

The example that comes to mind is Julius Erving (Dr J). He did not win a championship of the NBA as an amazing high-flyer. He won much later after he had reinvented his game to match his body's decline. But he was still a HOF player. For Brandon that means honing his deep shot (already good). It means becoming even more of a distributor. It means picking his spots to drive on the basket. Maybe it means averaging 22 instead of 26. But it does not mean he is a bust. It does not mean his contract is an albatross for the Blazers. Not yet. Not until we see what evolves. For Brandon's sake I hope that is still excellence. For the Blazers' sake I hope he is highly productive. For us, the NBA fans, I hope we are still thrilled with his clutch game winners.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2011 2:44 am

Brandon Roy says he won't ever be 100 percent

I'd wonder what season ending knee surgery could do for him. Also, "re-inventing himself" is something he's resisted. He's used to having the offense revolve around him. If he can accept being just another player out there- and possibly only playing every other game or so to avoid the constant flare-ups in his knees and give them a chance to rest- he may be able to be able to be a valuable asset to the team. Tracy McGrady might be a good example of what he'll be able to give a team. though maybe not as often. The question is how willing will he be to make the necessary adjustments to keep playing? Can his ego make the adjustment from being the 3rd best off guard in the league to just another player.

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