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Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:15 pm
 
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Brandon Roy (Getty)On Friday, Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan confirmed that guard Brandon Roy will pursue a medical retirement rather than play during the 2011-2012 season. As recently as Monday, the Blazers had said Roy would pencil in as a starter.

The Associated Press provides additional details.
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy has told the team that he is retiring because of ongoing difficulty with his knees.

Portland players were informed of Roy's decision to seek medical retirement on Friday before the first practice of training camp.
 
Roy, a five-year veteran who helped the team shed its "Jail Blazers" reputation, has been dogged by knee injuries and surgeries. He has said he lacks cartilage between the bones in both knees.
 
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Roy had not yet filed the retirement paperwork with the league.

Roy did not report to the Blazers' practice facility on Friday and his agent did not respond to a request for comment on any retirement plans, first reported by ESPN.com early Friday.

"I couldn't believe it," Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said. "I still can't believe it."

The reports contradicted statements made on Monday during a news conference with Blazers President Larry Miller, coach Nate McMillan and acting general manager Chad Buchanan. Roy had met with team officials earlier that day and said he felt good and was ready to help the team in any way he could.

But during a medical evaluation on Thursday it became apparent that Roy's knees were not going to be able to handle another season.

"It's a tough situation," said Blazers center Marcus Camby. "People will say `Hey, he'll get his money. But Brandon's a competitor."
Earlier Monday, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that Blazers guard Brandon Roy was considering medical retirement in the face of repeated severe knee injuries. The report will come as devastating news to Blazers fans, despite the long road leading to this point. 

Roy has had injury concerns since he was drafted, and earlier this year, a consulting surgeon for Roy said that he only had 1-2 more years left in him. Many questioned the legitimacy of doubts about Roy's health after he exploded in the playoffs in a comeback win over the Mavs, who went on to win their first-round series against the Blazers. Roy had said as recently as July, Roy said he was healthy and ready to play once the lockout endedOn December 5th, the Blazers confirmed they would not be using the amnesty clause on Roy. 

NBA rules stipulate that if doctors clear Roy for medical retirement, his salary would come off the Blazers' cap after one year, though he would still be paid the full amount of his contract. If he were to return for retirement for ten games or more, the full amount would return to the Blazers' cap situation. 

It's an unfortunate ending to what was once thought to be a long and brilliant career. But the Blazers knew of the condition when they signed him to a massive extension, knew of it when he was drafted. It's the sad consequence of being human, that sometimes the body simply cannot give what we want.

Wesley Matthews is expected to take over starting duties at shooting guard for the Blazers.
Comments

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

You're throwing around "unguardable" and first ballot HOF. The BBall HOF lets in some of the kids who mop sweat off the floor and Roy still won't get in! Drexler played 15 years and is top 50. Ron Artest is CRAZY! I might give Roy the ball before LBJ...not a fan.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Brandon Roy had Joel Pryzbilla at Center, Steve Blake at PG, Nico Batum a SF, and Lamarcus Aldridge at PF.....  So how is that a better supporting cast than the team Clyde Drexler had with Terry Porter, Duckworth, Cliff Robinson, Jerome Kersey, and Buck Williams?   Clyde was a great player don't get me wrong but he didn't have ice in his veins like BRoy had, either way his number will be retired at the Rose Garden along with Clyde anyways.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

You don't have to be better than Charles Barkley or Karl Malone to make the HOF bro.  But, I would say Brandon Roy was a better player than both only his knees wouldn't let him play more than 5 years.   If Brandon Roy played 15 years like the Mail man and Sir Charles he would be known as a top 100 player of all time.   Even ask people who played against BRoy at his peak,  Ron Artest said Brandon Roy is the best player he has played against...  period.   When Game is on the line I would rather have the Rock in Brandon Roy's hands than Lebron James any day of the week!



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Count me as an admirer of Brandon Roy. I admired his game. I admired his leadership. I admired his community support and activity. The Blazers have lost a huge piece in this retirement. Can they contend for a championship? Perhaps. But nowhere near as likely as with Roy. There were few players in recent history that had such a complete game. Koby Bryant said only he and Brandon. That is good company (basketball wise.)

It seems like Brandon has done the right thing for the team and for the fans and for himself. Rarely do all those converge. Here they do. Brandon is a class act who deserves to have his jersey in the Rose Garden rafters this year. He is gone but not forgotten. We can mourn but can remember what a great player he was for such a brief time. Blessings on you Brandon. We will miss you.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Robert Horry was clutch. Doesn't make him better than Charles Barkley or Karl Malone. He was a nice player and its a shame, but unguardable is way overstating it. Clyde was the best player on great Blazer teams. Roy stood out on mediocre ones and for all his "clutch",never won anything.



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

I would take Brandon Roy over Clyde Drexler during crunch time any day of the week.   Drexler had a lot better supporting cast with TP, Kersey, Duckworth, Buck and Cliff.   Why Brandon had Steve Blake as his PG and no center and weak small forwards the only decent player was LMA at PF and the rest of the team was scrubs.   He probably wont get into the HOF but he should!



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Clyde wasn't very clutch in crunch time as BRoy.  He will make the HOF as one of the ungardable players like Wilt, Shaq, MJ and others who could score at will.   Knee injuries shouldn't take away from how great he was, if he was with a big market team like the Lakers or NY Knicks he would already be in the HOF, but he is hurt playing for a small market.   Oh, and I watched Clyde and Roy both play and I would take BRoy over Clyde at both their primes any day of the week!



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Are you related to Brandon Roy. He will have to pay admission just like the rest of us to get into the HOF. 3 words for you....Clyde the Glide!!




Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Retirement at age 27 because of bad knees...at least he played 5 more years than Oden will........





The team just announced Oden has suffered a set back and may not start the first game. Time to drop him and spend some of Paul Allens money and get a real center. Work a trade for quality center or the Blazers will find themselves out after the first round if they make the playoffs. Roy will retire according to KGW TV.



Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

All Time Great?


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