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McMillan pumps brakes on Brandon Roy's return

Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:46 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:04 am
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan says he "doesn't foresee" guard Brandon Roy playing this weekend. Posted by Ben Golliver. nate-brandon

On Monday, we noted that Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy told The Oregonian that he planned to return to the court this weekend. Roy, of course, is a little more than three weeks removed from dual arthroscopic knee surgeries.

A few hours after Roy made his declaration, Blazers coach Nate McMillan was noncommittal regarding Roy's timeline, saying post-game: "I'll see if these guys show up for practice and we'll go from there. As far as them playing this weekend, that hasn't been decided by us."

On Tuesday, McMillan went further than that, telling Blazers broadcasters Mike Barrett and Mike Rice that he "doesn't foresee" Roy playing this weekend. "We have to [take a cautious approach] ... Brandon has been cleared to practice, he has been doing some running on his own, shooting when the team has been out of town. He has been cleared to practice, there is no set date or game for him to return."

McMillan said Roy would start practicing with his teammates this week. "The plan right now is to limit his time in practice, slowly work him back. he's been off for two months. He will be allowed to go live in practice for about 30 minutes. After a day or so that will increase a bit and we'll see how he feels."

McMillan then stated twice that he didn't see Roy's comeback taking place this weekend, when the Blazers travel to Toronto to face the Raptors on Feb. 11 and to Detroit to face the Pistons on Feb. 13. "I don't foresee Brandon playing this weekend. We need to get him some time on the practice court and see how he responds to that," McMillan said.

Asked if he might be swayed by a strong performance during practice this week, McMillan just laughed and repeated, "I don't foresee him playing this weekend."

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:16 am

McMillan pumps brakes on Brandon Roy's return

There is no point in Roy returning this year at all. In factI could care less if he does. The Blazers have been playing a lot better team ball and Aldridge had a chance to develop into a monster! I hope the new CBA will let teams cancel a contract because I know who's I would cancel.

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:17 am

McMillan pumps brakes on Brandon Roy's return

What exactly would be the point of Roy returning now?  This is the same thing he did with his last knee injury, rushing back so Portland could not do anything in the playoffs.  The all-star break is right around the corner, the Blazers aren't going to win the West, so sit out for awhile and rehab until you are as close to 100% as you'll ever be.

Everyone questioned the Blazers' medical staff, saying they don't know what they're doing.  Maybe they do but are allowing players to dictate too much of the timetable on a return to the court.  It's better to get right and have a long career than rush back so your team can maybe be #6 in the conference by season's end.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:11 am

McMillan pumps brakes on Brandon Roy's return

What a great competitor this guy is, first playing through significant pain for weeks and now wanting to rush back from surgery on both knees to help his team.  It's probably wise of the coach to err on the side of caution and keep him out a bit longer. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:24 am

McMillan pumps brakes on Brandon Roy's return

Smart move.  I actually thought at first that Roy would never be the same player after I heard how bad his knees were.  If he feels like he can go, that's good news, but it doesn't mean he should actually play.  I really hope for the Blazers/Roy/and fans that this surgery did what it was supposed to do and fix his knees.  God knows that blazer fans need something to go their way this year.  This team has so much potential.  Best case scenario: Roy returns to normal, Aldridge stays healthy (knock on wood), and the blazers sign CP3. :D  Nah, I'd probably be asking for too much in one way or another

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