Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:15 pm

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

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.
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:19 pm

Jermaine O'Neal says retirement planned next year

By Matt Moore

Jermaine O'Neal really thought he had it. By signing with the Celtics, he thought for sure this would net him a title. And for most of the season, right up until the last quarter, really, it looked like the Celtics were the best team in basketball. But it didn't work out, and O'Neal's season didn't go well either, as he was constantly sidelined with injuries. He'll be 33 next month, and the time has come for him to look at his future. CSNNewEngland.com's Sherrod Blakely spoke with O'Neal in Vegas at the Impact Training Series, and the veteran big man says 2012 will be his last season. He'll retire in 2012, regardless of whether there's a season or not.
"I'm going into my 16th year, so I know my time is near," O'Neal said. "I know someday the ball is going to go flat; you have to plan for life after basketball and that's what I have been doing."
via J. O'Neal talks retirement after 2011-12 season.

O'Neal's retirement would coincide with the expiration of his contract, so it wouldn't affect the Celtics' cap situation. O'Neal told CSN New England that his business interests have been diversified to prepare for his life after basketball. 

It's also notable that O'Neal says he won't pursue an overseas offer. Instead, he wants to spend more time with his kids. An admirable change from the common refrain that money is all that matters. 


Posted on: July 21, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 12:36 pm

Vince Carter wants a 'couple more years' in NBA

By Matt Moore

Vince Carter is 34 years old. There's only so much time left in his NBA career. So to watch the end of it spent in a lockout has to be pretty frustrating. But Carter's definitely not through. Carter told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he's got some time left in the NBA: 
"You may not know where, but you have to be ready to play. I still want to play a couple more years," said Carter, who shows no interest of playing overseas during the lockout, as others have talked about. "I'd rather just wait and see what happens."
via With future uncertain, Vince anxious for lockout to end - Columns.

 Carter's effectiveness has been slipping considerably over the past few years, though his decline has been exaggerated somewhat due to his unpopularity surrounding perceived minor injuries holding him out and his unceremonius exit from Toronto. He's going to receive a $4 million buyout from the Suns once the lockout ends. It's a good decision to stay at home instead of pursuing a job overseas, due to his injury situation. He needs to be in prime condition when the season resumes. 

Carter's going to want to look for a contender, most likely, but it's hard to see most contenders looking to add him. Even if Carter is willing to take a reserve role, Carter still comes with ego and a very specific skill set which doesn't fit well to a certain type of role player.  It'll be interesting to see who takes a shot on Carter in the twilight of his career.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:17 pm

Fabricio Oberto announces unexpected retirement

Posted by Royce Young

Some sad news out of Portland late Thursday - Blazer big man Fabricio Oberto has unexpectedly announced his retirement due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition.

Oberto experienced lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portland’s game at Milwaukee on Nov. 2 and was just expected to miss a few games. But thinking forward, Oberto made a good decision and has put basketball second to his health.
"I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball," said Oberto in a press release. "It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one."

Sources tell CBSSports.com's Ben Golliver that the Blazers will work out Earl Barron, Dwayne Jones, Sean Marks and Shavlik Randolph. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com also confirms these names. The Blazers could also work out other players as well. The Portland Tribune reports Eric Boateng also will get a look.

In his sixth season in the NBA, Oberto appeared in each of Portland’s first five games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.
“We want to thank Fabricio for his professionalism and hard work during his short time here,” said Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho in the release. “It's unfortunate to lose him, but we respect his decision to do what's best for his health and his family.”
A native of Las Varillas, Argentina, Oberto played four seasons for the San Antonio Spurs (2005-09), winning an NBA Championship as the starting center in 2007, before spending last season with the Washington Wizards.

So, what happens now for the Blazers? That's another big man that's gone down and without Joel Przybilla expected back until the end of the month, it's likely Portland will make some sort of move to fill the hole on the inside. With Elliot Williams being lost to a season-ending injury earlier Thursday, Portland needs bodies at least for the practice court now.

It's another blow to the Blazers but if anyone knows how to come this sort of adversity, it's Nate McMillan and the resiliant Blazers. Not that Oberto was a key piece the puzzle, but he was a quality body on the inside that was at least reliable to provide productive minutes. Portland will have to just do was it does and find another warm body to plug in. The good thing is, at least the Blazers are used to it.
Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:10 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 9:18 pm

Rasheed Wallace to retire

Posted by Matt Moore

There was talk immediately following the Finals that Rasheed Wallace was considering hanging up the kicks and headband. Despite Shaquille O'Neal making a plea over the weekend for Sheed to come back for one more rodeo, his agent told the Boston Globe today that Wallace intends to retire.

Sheed walks away at age 35, after 15 seasons in the NBA, an NBA championship, and 14 NBA playoff appearances. For all the talk about Sheed's laziness and lack of focus and drive, along with his unpredictable behavior, Sheed visited the postseason every season since his sophomore year in the league. That ain't a bad run for a guy.

He'll also walk away with the record for most technicals in a single season and a leader in all-time techs. He gave us "Ball don't lie" and showed that a player considered out-of-control could harness his play while keeping his attitude and win a championship. The best news from all this is that as he matured, Sheed started to discover there were things beyond basketball, like family, that were important. We may miss Rasheed Wallace. I doubt he'll miss us.

Expect the Celtics to attempt to buy-out or trade the remainder of Sheed's contract.
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