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Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 1:49 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Delvon Roe cried in his 90-meeting meeting with Tom Izzo yesterday morning. Then he bawled when he informed his teammates in the locker room. Then came the news conference to let the local media know his Michigan State career was over.

He shed more tears.

If you're a college basketball fan - whether it be Izzo, a supposed-objective media member or even a diehard Michigan fan - you've got to feel for Roe.

He just couldn't do it again.

Roe was a shell of himself, ever since Dec. 6, 2007 - the day he messed up his knee and was told he'd need microfracture surgery.

"I just couldn't do it any more," Roe said. "I have a daughter now and I want to be able to play with her when I get older."

Roe has done it for the past three years, but this one was different. Usually, the there was some explosiveness at the outset of the season and the pain wasn't quite so bad.

But after a lingering ankle injury turned into the same old knee pain - which resulted having his right knee drained on Saturday - Roe couldn't imagine going through it again.

"It just wasn't fun anymore," he admitted.

Roe had contemplated the decision for much of the past month, but hadn't discussed it with anyone outside of his family and a couple of his closest teammates.

Then he texted Izzo on Thursday night and asked him if he could meet Friday morning.

That's when he delivered the news.

"He had no idea," Roe said. "We broke down and did a lot of crying."

Then Roe kept a scheduled dentist appointment before telling the entire team around 2:30.

"That was the toughest thing I've ever had to do," Roe said. "Most of the players cried with me."

Then Roe went out and did what has been the custom in his career: He watched practice from the sidelines alongside the team trainer.

"It was hard," he said. "A different kind of hard. But it was a spriited practice."

The news conference followed at 4:30 and then it was off to perform in a school play - which has been Roe's newest endeavor. Roe recently made his movie debut in the film AWOL. He didn't want to confirm that he had accepted the lead role of the soon-to-be-filmed movie "Gametime", but he didn't deny it, either. 

"But that isn't why I gave us basketball. It had no bearing," Roe wanted to make clear. "It came down to where I knew I wasn't going to be a pro. The knees just weren't going to get better."

Roe said he has no regrets. He started for a pair of Final Four teams and played in the national title game.

Sure, he would have loved for the nation to see the "old" Delvon Roe, the one that I saw back in the summer that dominated each and every big man due to his athleticism and relentless pursuit of the ball.

But he's at peace with his decision now.

For his sake and for that of his two-month-old daughter, Destinie.

"A lot of people think it's a sad day," Roe said. "It is to an extent, but at the same time, I think my life is only beginning."


Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:34 am

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Please! MSU has got a great thing going as long as Izzo hangs around. I'd never dog there program and in certain instances might be jelious, but here's Roe stats... He was pathetic!









Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:08 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

How did he watch practice when college basketball teams can't start practice until October 14?

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:04 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

My previous comment was in response to that of dkh-fl's post several down.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:02 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Sucked at college basketball? Where did you play college ball at? And how many times did you start? And how many final fours did you play in? You played in a national title game? I guess you must be the most amazing player ever to put down Roe. No, he never lived up to his potential due to his knee injuries, however, to still start on an elite MSU team WITH a hurt knee constitutes a rating better than "sucked" you pompous jerk. You don't have to have sympathy for him, no one is forcing you to have emotions for a player who has been an outstanding person and role model for the East Lansing community, you vulcan. And FYI, MSU is honoring his scholarship for this year since he has been such an outstanding teammate and example for others. Moderate success? Two final fours, one title game, two big ten championships. KU has a recent title, but what else have you done in the tournament in the past 10 years? I'm not claiming MSU are gods of basketball, but if you aren't a KU alumni, I hope when you fall off the bandwagon it is into a deep, deep canyon.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:30 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Followed Roe since High School here in Cleveland.... explosive player, but unfortunately he realized his injuries prevented him from being the best he could be.. I wish him luck on his new Path!

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 4:51 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Great article and great outlook young man.  I wish him nothing but success in life.  NO doubt he will be with an attitude like that.  Life is so much more than bouncing a ball. 

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:07 pm

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

It always sad to see a potentially great college basketball player and likely future pro, be sidelined so frequently with injuries. I hope Roe finishes his degree because a bachelor's from Michigan State University will look good to future potential employers.

As for practice, coaches right now are allowed 2 hours of contact per week. 

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:52 am

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

I guess this is a feel good story ... hope he stays in school and completes the credits required for his degree.

BTW ... I thought men's basketball practice could not start until October 14th.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:06 am

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

Stay classy @RobWTFunique.  You are a true gentleman and what sounds like a real scholar - the KU following isn't a giveaway either.  Actually I feel bad for other KU fans that have to be rolled into your ilk.  You are indeed a moron and jerk.

Since: Oct 1, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:08 am

Delvon Roe sheds plenty of tears, has no regrets

This guy was a KU recruit so I've tracked
his career. I really see no reason to shed any tears. Knee injury or not he
sucked at college basketball let alone hoping for a chance at the NBA. His
teammates have enjoyed moderate success without him contributing. He seems to
have piled up some movie offers so good luck and move on. It's a lot more than
a lot of these kids have. MS gets a scholly back and let’s hope they use it

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