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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: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

With all that is going wrong in the NBA, the negotiations between players and owners, shortened season and the nixed three team trade involving Chris Paul which seams fishy with the league owning the Hornets this is another loss to NBA fans and the Blazers organization.  Roy seamed like a good team player who loved playing in Portland making him a rarity in the NBA. Its a shame his carer is being cut short by injuries but its a smart move considering how most pro athletes are crippled by the time they retire.  I hope he remains with the Blazers as a coach in training or some other capacity with the team.  He has a lot to offer the Blazers, possibly as a assistant coach who can help rookies and young players coming into the league because he is young himself and can relate to the modern NBA.  Best wishes to Roy and the Blazers but someone needs to send a memo to the Blazers front office....Stop drafting players who are injury prone.  its not that hard to do some research on possible draft choices and their medical records from college.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

With all that is going wrong in the NBA, the negotiations between players and owners, shortened season and the nixed three team trade involving Chris Paul which seams fishy with the league owning the Hornets this is another loss to NBA fans and the Blazers organization.  Roy seamed like a good team player who loved playing in Portland making him a rarity in the NBA. Its a shame his carer is being cut short by injuries but its a smart move considering how most pro athletes are crippled by the time they retire.  I hope he remains with the Blazers as a coach in training or some other capacity with the team.  He has a lot to offer the Blazers, possibly as a assistant coach who can help rookies and young players coming into the league because he is young himself and can relate to the modern NBA.  Best wishes to Roy and the Blazers but someone needs to send a memo to the Blazers front office....Stop drafting players who are injury prone.  its not that hard to do some research on possible draft choices and their medical records from college.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

This is so sad, Brandon Roy was one of my favorite players, its sad that his knees are going to force him to retire, because he could easily have been a superstar, best wishes to whatever you decide BRoy



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

This is so sad, Brandon Roy was one of my favorite players, its sad that his knees are going to force him to retire, because he could easily have been a superstar, best wishes to whatever you decide BRoy



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

This is so sad, Brandon Roy was one of my favorite players, its sad that his knees are going to force him to retire, because he could easily have been a superstar, best wishes to whatever you decide BRoy



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Very sad story. Roy could havbe been a superstar if he stayed healthy.



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Roy: Good luck whatever you decide. Health comes first unless you want to ride in a wheel chair the rest of your life.

Blazers: Quit drafting fragile people. Dummies. 


mzracing76
Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:31 pm
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Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

If this guy writing offend you that much, why do you subjective yourself to reading it.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Gr8 Riting, Matt

"If he were to return for retirement for ten games..."

"Roy had said as recently as July, Roy said he was healthy..."

No need to proof-read what you wrote, Matt. The writing on CBSsports.com continues to go downhill. Good thing I'm not here for the writing. Oh well, hey - this is more like a casual blog than a real sports article anyway, right?

3 cheers 4 da gr8 riting!



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