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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 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 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.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:18 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Lots of classy comments directed at Roy, so nice to see with all the negativity that so often permeates these boards.

High five!

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:12 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Aww man Roy..Keep your head up you are still and will be a great Blazer in your short stay...I knew i should of got your jersey instead of Gregs

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:09 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

The last thing we want is for Roy to feel like he has let down Blazer fans.  He already has to suffer the fate of knowing that his career was over before it really started.  Health comes first.  Get well Roy, you seem like a great guy.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:04 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Roy will likely find a spot doing something else for the Blazers, maybe even try coaching.  He's very well known and liked in Portland.

This is a way for the Blazers to dump Roy and still have the amnesty clause available to them.  Unfortunately his salary doesn't come off the books for a year.  If they can afford it though (and they can), this will open up a spot for Jamaal Crawford to come off the bench behind Mathews if they were to sign him.  If Mathews continues to develop he will produce similar to Roy, just not as clutch.

I wonder about the Oden one year contract.

Blazers still need to figure out if they want to change/upgrade their point.

Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:16 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Good luck Roy in your future endeavors.  Much respect for him and his game.

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:50 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

So disappointed for Brandon Roy after hearing he's going to retire at the young age of 27 due to repetitive knee problems. A perennial All-Star and a definite fan favorite. 20 Pts 5 reb and 4 ast per game when healthy.

When he led Portland back from an 18 pt. deficit in the 4th quarter last year against Dallas in the playoffs, scoring 18 points in the 4th.. I thought he might have been on his way back to finish his career healthy, but unfortunately it won't happen.. Thanks for the 5 years of fun you brought to the NBA!

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:45 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

At this point, it's all about holding off the inevitable double knee replacement that he'll need sooner or later.

Specifically, I'm sure he'd like to hold it off long enough that his replacement knees will last him the rest of his life, rather than needing another replacement (which would get progressively riskier) down the road.

Very unfortunate, in any case. Million-dollar body, million-dollar head, ten-cent knees.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:36 pm

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

Sam Bowie, Greg Oden and then this? I feel bad for Blazer fans.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:25 am

Brandon Roy considering medical retirement

As a basketball fan I hate seeing this. But as a human being Roy's health comes first, he is a real standup guy, and he should do what's best for him and his family. Roy is still a young man don't screw up your whole life. Best of luck.

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