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Healthy, hopeful Roy sits out charity game

Posted on: July 24, 2011 3:20 am
Edited on: July 24, 2011 3:44 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy-seatle

SEATTLE -- Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy was listed Saturday as the headliner in the H206 charity game at KeyArena, but the only time he spent on the court was to don a pointy hat -- it was his 27th birthday -- and to proudly hold up an oversized novelty check.  

For fans and observers, seeing Roy in street clothes has become a familiar sight. Roy, the University of Washington product, played just 47 games during the 2010-2011 season, sitting out a portion of it to assess the options on his surgically repaired knees before undergoing an arthroscopic surgery and PRP injection on both of his knees in January. 

It wasn't an injury Saturday that sidelined Roy, though. It was simply the threat of injury. 

"I'm disappointed [that I didn't get to play]," Roy said after the exhibition, in which a team comprised of NBA players from Seattle soundly defeated a team representing the rest of the NBA. "But at the same time I knew I wasn't going to get an 'OK' to play. It's kind of an 'at your own risk' thing. My situation was different, especially coming off of the knee injury from last year. Even though I wanted to play, I just had to make the smart decision."

Roy, a native of Seattle, brought his family to the event, sitting on the home team's bench while his wife and children sat courtside. The exhibition was played in front of thousands of vocal fans, many of whom wore the jerseys of the former Seattle SuperSonics. With the help of his son and daughter, Roy presented the oversized check to A Plus Youth Program, an organization that focuses on developing basketball and academic skills among area children. After the game, Philadelphia 76ers big man Spencer Hawes led a group chant of "Come Home, Sonics." 

"I think it was great for the city," Roy said. "I think it was fun to sit down on the bench again, hearing the fans yell and scream. I remember my first couple of years here, Ray Allen made shots, it was really loud here. I miss the Sonics, I know the fans do, we all want to see a team back here."

Just as fans want to see professional basketball back in Seattle, they want to see Roy back playing at his All-Star level. He flashed streaks of brilliance during a first-round playoff series loss to the Dallas Mavericks, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Game 4, in which he scored 24 points. But those exhilarating highs were met with lots of painful lows. Hampered by the knee injuries, Roy lost his starting spot and wound up playing a career-low in minutes. His 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists were all well off his career numbers.

It's unclear whether Roy will be able to fully return to form, but he said Saturday that his offseason workout routine has progressed without a setback.

"I'm doing good, I'm doing great," Roy said. "Working out, keeping my weight down. And starting to play a little basketball this week. Enjoying the summer, really trying to take my time and keep improving. I'm healthy. I'm in a position where I'm not battling any soreness or anything, so I feel like I can start improving, getting better with my game. I'm excited."

Roy said he is lifting weights, getting shots up and playing in some light games, with plans to increase that workload like usual as the summer progresses.

"I'll start turning it up more, playing more competitively, as we get into August," Roy said. "Really no room for it now. Really just trying to fine-tune some things and just get better. I'm excited that I'm not in any pain and I can just play and not have any pressure in having to deal with the knees, just go out there and hoop."

He noted that his workouts are taking place in Seattle rather than Portland because of the ongoing NBA lockout, which bans players from team facilities.

"I have gyms here that I go to," he said. "In Portland, I go into the facility, but we can't do that now, so I'm spending most of my time up here right now."

While fans and analysts have speculated that a shortened schedule could play to Roy's advantage by limiting the wear and tear on his knees, Roy said his preference is that the season starts on time.

"I've been watching the football lockout more than anything," Roy said. "Now that they are kind of wrapping up, we'll see where ours is at. Hopefully there's no [work stoppage], guys want to play basketball, guys want to get back out on the court. Personally I can't wait to get back out there and play again. Hopefully [the] lockout doesn't go until we miss any games or any preseason, hopefully we can get back on track. I thought the season ended really well this year with what Dallas did and [the league is] in a good position. So hopefully we don't have to miss any games."

But will that happen?

"Honestly, I have no idea," Roy said.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:52 am

Healthy, hopeful Roy sits out charity game

it may not be ROYs team now, but buddy when he was fully health he was dropping point and was all in the top five guards in the league behind wade kobe.....sad to say but he may never be the same

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:51 am

Healthy, hopeful Roy sits out charity game

Stop it!

1. This cannot, and is not, Roy's team anymore. You can't come off the bench, play 12 minutes and have it be "your team." Even Nate McMillan has acknowledged the team has to figure out how Brandon fits in; and if there is an amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement, Brandon likely will get cut.

2. Roy was a very good player, an All-Star, but don't say there were only "one or two shooting guards anywhere near Roy's All-Star form in the League." To name two: Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade; and then I would argue Monte Ellis, Eric Gordon and  Mano Ganobli are / were the equivalent of Brandon, when Brandon was healthy.

3. Both Pendergrpah and Pryzbilla are coming off severe knee injuries - seriously - is that what you want for the Blazers? Pryzbilla moved like Frankenstein when he finally got on the court last year. It's very likely he retires this off season.

4. And your whole premise is that Roy and Oden will be healthy: Roy can't even play in a charity game in July (several months after his last NBA game). So why would one believe that he can go back-to-back for even 20 minutes in an NBA game and be effective? The team even has moved one without him: while you say Miller did not play Roy's style, Raymond Felton certainly does not, as he prefers to run the court, which is not Roy's style. And Wallace wants to play the three, so as McMillan has said, Mathews and Battum will get minutes at the two. That leaves little time for Roy.

I don't write this to bang on Brandon Roy, but you seem like his lover; and your views are incredibly fan-based and not logical. Even Brandon would agree with me.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:40 pm

Healthy, hopeful Roy sits out charity game

A class interview from a class guy. Lots of writers have tried to dump on Roy, proclaiming him signed to one of the worst contracts in the NBA. But last year Roy was injured and recovering from surgery. With amazing fortitude (that's guts for those who prefer this language) Roy played at the end of last year, showing signs that he is returning to his former old All-Star form. Those writers who have cavalierly written him off are going to have to eat crow.

Portland without Roy and Oden is a good team. It is not a great team but has progressed without those two to growing and developing their young players. In addition Portland, this spring, have acquired Raymond Felton for the cost of Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez. A better trade for Portland is difficult to imagine. Miller's style did not mesh with Roy's style and they were better off without him. Felton brings a fresh look but make no mistake, this is still Roy's team.

Pairing with Greg Oden, who similarly has been called washed up, Roy brings to the team an essential boost to greatness. There are only one or two shooting guards anywhere near Roy's All-Star form in the league. Essentially Roy is Portland's closer. Oden, joining LaMarcus Aldridge (surely an All-Star in his own right), Marcus Camby and perhaps Jeff Pendergraph or Joel Pryzbilla, will bring defensive brilliance and rebounding boost to the team and even post-up offensive skills and threat to the offense along with offensive rebounding. Portland fans must wait and watch and not judge because these two player will take a couple of months to shake the rust and become tuned to their games.

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:35 pm

Healthy, hopeful Roy sits out charity game

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