Tag:Brandon Roy
Posted on: January 17, 2011 6:48 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2011 6:59 pm

Brandon Roy undergoes successful knee surgeries

The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that guard Brandon Roy has undergone successful surgeries on both of his knees. Posted by Ben Golliver.brandon-roy

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that All-Star guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees on Monday. Roy remains out indefinitely.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Monday on both knees, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho. Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery in Vancouver, Wash. No timetable has been set for Roy’s recovery.
"We’re hopeful today’s procedure will help alleviate some of the pain Brandon has been experiencing in his knees and allow him to get back to playing basketball again,” said Cho.
Roy, 26, has missed 18 games this season (three games from Nov. 16-20 and the last 15 games beginning on Dec. 17) with a sore left knee. In 23 games (all starts) this season, Roy has averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.13 steals in 35.3 minutes per game. He scored 20 points or more in nine contests and led the team in scoring eight times.

The Blazers announced last week that Roy would undergo arthroscopic knee surgery rather than meniscus transplant surgery, which he had also been considering. Back in December, the Blazers ruled Roy out indefinitely with soreness in both of his knees, which have both been operated on previously.

The goal of these surgeries was two-fold: to relieve Roy of his knee pain and to further examine the condition of his knees, which is often easier done during the surgery rather than on an MRI. It's not yet known whether these surgeries will have any impact upon Roy's ability to withstand the rigors of an 82-game season, but the minor nature of the procedure should allow him to make a relatively quick comeback.

Once Roy is back up to speed, which will likely happen prior to the playoffs, the Blazers will have a difficult decision to make regarding whether or not to re-insert him into the rotation and/or starting lineup. The Blazers are currently the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but have struggled often to close out games and could use Roy's late-game shot-making abilities. That is, of course, assuming that Roy is able to move more freely than he was earlier this season, when swelling and soreness greatly limited his mobility and effectiveness.

In Roy's absence, guards Wesley Matthews and Rudy Fernandez have seen their roles increased, as has forward Nicolas Batum, who was re-inserted into the starting lineup when Roy went down. Matthews, a second-year guard, has made a solid case for Most Improved Player so far this season, but is not able to provide the scoring consistency that made Roy an All-Star.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 6:51 pm

Blazers' Roy to have surgery on both knees

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is set to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-roy

On Wednesday, we noted a report that Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy was considering arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. On Thursday, the Blazers announced Roy would have surgery on both knees next week, and that there is officially "no timetable" for his return. 

Blazers GM Rich Cho told The Oregonian that arthroscopic surgeries generally have a 3-6 week recovery timeline and said, "hopefully [Roy] comes back this season."   

Roy conducted an interview with Blazers.com in which he discussed the decision to undergo surgery.
"The biggest thing is we've been working with our team doctors, we've actually been able to get a number of different opinions, and it's something that we've finally decided that we're going to try this step. I've been sitting out for a number of weeks, just trying to do whatever I can, the best thing I can to be able to get back on the floor. So we decided to do the scope on both knees, allowing our doctors to go in there and clean up some things and hopefully get me back on the court as soon as possible." 
Roy also said compensation pain caused by earlier surgeries necessitated these upcoming surgeries.
"But after having that right knee scope last year I started to compensate a lot so now is a good time for me to go in there and get them both scoped. Doing it at the same time will allow me to come back sooner than maybe waiting in between. My goal again is to get as healthy as I can so I can go out there and feel productive for this team."

Earlier in January, Roy was said to be considering meniscus transplant surgery . On Dec. 30, the Blazers shut down Roy "indefinitely" because of pain in both knees.

As noted Wednesday, questions remain regardiing whether an arthroscopic procedure will be able to relieve the persistent swelling and pain Roy experienced this season. It had been assumed and reported earlier in the fall that Roy's surgically repaired knees had deteriorated to the point that an arthroscopic surgery wouldn't be effective. 

Cho also acknowledged this uncertainty, according to The Oregonian. "This is really a temporary fix. Nothing is permanent," he told the paper.

Once the scopes are completed, Roy will become the fourth Blazer to undergo multiple knee surgeries since Dec. 2009. He will join centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla, as well as rookie guard Elliot Williams.

Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:02 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 11:12 pm

Brandon Roy considers arthroscopic knee procedure

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy is reportedly considering an arthroscopic knee procedure. Posted by Ben Golliver. brandon-roy

The Portland Trail Blazers announced in December that All-Star guard Brandon Roy would be sidelined indefinitely with pain in both of his surgically repaired knees. Last week, we noted a report that Roy was considering meniscus transplant surgery, a rare procedure not usually performed on professional athletes during their active career.

The Portland Tribune reports on Wednesday that transplant surgery is apparently no longer an option, and that Roy is now considering an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.
Roy and team officials flew to the Bay Area last Thursday to meet with Dr. Brian Cole, the team doctor of the Chicago Bulls and one of the world’s foremost experts on articular cartilage repair.
Cole is of the opinion that meniscus transplant surgery on Roy, who has had a pair of lateral meniscus operations and is at the bone-on-bone stage with the left knee, is not an option. Cole offered the possibility that an arthroscopic procedure, however, might relieve some of the pain.
Arthroscopic surgery is a relatively simple procedure and generally does not require an athlete to be sidelined for an extended period of time. Roy underwent an arthroscopic surgery during last year's playoffs and returned to the court eight days after the procedure.

The Tribune notes that Roy could potentially return to the court this season if he decides to undergo an arthroscopic surgery. 

The Blazers have played surprisingly well in Roy's absence, but guards Wesley Matthews and Rudy Fernandez have struggled at times to provide the scoring consistency that made Roy a three-time All-Star in his first four seasons in the NBA.

IN theory, this would represent an ideal situation for Roy, as his goal is to return to the court and play effectively as quickly as possible. Questions remain, though, about whether a procedure of this kind would relieve the persistent swelling and soreness he has experienced this season and allow Roy to play with greater mobility. It was assumed this fall that the conditions of Roy's knee had deteriorated to the point that a surgery of this type either wouldn't be possible or wouldn't have a meaningful impact. 
Posted on: January 12, 2011 10:16 am

The Game Changer: Big margins of all around

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.  


They might not have beat someone by 55, but the Knicks got themselves a darn good road win in Portland Tuesday night, taking down the wounded Blazers 100-86.

Amar'e Stoudemire got the best of LaMarcus Aldridge, outscoring his counterpart 23-18. Ronny Turiaf added a season-high 19, Wilson Chandler 17 and Raymond Felton 17.

But the story was really just how rough it is for the Blazers right now without Brandon Roy. Wesley Matthews is having a nice season and Nicolas Batum is good some nights, but just 86 points against the Knicks? It was obvious that Portland was missing someone that could pile up points in the second half. The Blazers tried to go to Aldridge, but the Knicks zeroed in there. Rudy Fernandez was there for some kick-outs, scoring 18, but it was all long jumpers for Portland. There was no isolation option. No players that could take over. It was kind of painful to watch such a promising team lose with so much talent in suits.

However, the Knicks picked up another nice road win. New York is now 12-8 on the road this season, which surpasses their road win total from all of last year. The Knicks are roped into the Carmelo Anthony stuff, but what's lost is how well their current small forward is playing. Chandler had 17 big points and came up large for the Knicks late in the game as well.

The Knicks have one of the best home court advantages in the league, but now they're figuring out the road. One of the many differences in this New York team from year's past.


Kevin Love dropped his sixth 20-20 game of the season with 20 points and 20 rebounds.

Aaron Afflalo had a career-high 31 on 11-14 shooting.

Nick Young scored a career-high 43 and went 4-4 from 3 in the third quarter.

Alonzo Gee had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs. Doesn't sound impressive? Well his 12 points were 21 percent of his team's total output.


Maybe the distractions were getting to them recently, but Tuesday the Nuggets put it all behind them as they beat up on the Suns 132-98.

Denver scored a combined 82 points in the second and third quarters as the Suns defense basically was them letting the Nuggets shoot wide open shots as they crossed their fingers hoping the shots didn't drop. Problem was, they did.

The Nuggets shot 56 percent from the field and made 37 free throws. Carmelo had 28 points, Aaron Afflalo a career-high 31 on 11-14 shooting and Ty Lawson and J.R. Smith combined for 31 on a combined 9-11 from the field.

Carmelo hasn't left Denver yet. And while he's there, we're still seeing glimpses of just how good of an offensive force the Nuggets can be. Of course it helps to be playing the Suns, but still, 82 points in two quarters is pretty impressive against anyone.


It was like a lesson on how to blow a game. The Wizards led by eight with under a minute left. Led by six with 20 seconds left. Led by four with 10 seconds left. But not only did they turn the ball over, the Wizards took bad shots, missed free throws and basically, played all-around stupid basketball. It was kind of impressive, in a disaster film kind of way.

But in the end, Washington got it done behind Nick Young's 43 points. The Kings, being absolutely horrible, couldn't take advantage of about 25 opportunities to seize the victory and the Wizards took home a 136-133 overtime win. The was between two teams a combined 18-53 and it certainly showed.


What's the box score look like for the loser after a 112-57 game?

The leading scorer for the Cavs was Alonzo Gee with 12. The starting five combined for 23 points, led by Manny Harris's eight. Mo Williams went 1-9, J.J. Hickson 1-8, Antwan Jamison 3-10 and Harris 2-8. The team shot 29.9 percent from the field. They turned it over 19 times.

Basically, everyone sucked.

And then LeBron tweeted something. Pretty rough night for the Cavs.


Kenyon Martin and Goran Dragic got into a weird little scuffle during the third quarter of Denver's win over Phoenix. For some reason, Martin grabbed Dragic, hugged him and wouldn't let him go. Dragic fought back like a little child trying to escape the grasp of his mother.


During the Timberwolves-Spurs game, things got a little technical late in the game. With the Spurs up double-digits, the Wolves felt like they were getting the short end of the whistle. So they complained.

First, Corey Brewer got T'd. Then Darko Milicic got a tech from the same call. Then Kurt Rambis picked up two because of the same call. There's four T's. Just 10 seconds later, Kevin Love made a pretty demonstrative gesture toward the official and picked up a technical. Five T's in just 10 seconds, all handed out by Ken Mauer.

That's got to be some kind of record. Manu Ginobili on all the technical fouls: "It was awkward."
Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 2:44 pm

Blazers' Roy considering surgery on sore knee?

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is reportedly set to meet with an orthopedic expert to discuss the surgical options to help his ailing knee. brandon-royPosted by Ben Golliver.

Last week, we noted that the Portland Trail Blazers announced that All-Star guard Brandon Roy would be out "indefinitely" with sore knees. Roy has already had surgery on both of his knees, and their condition is said to be "bone-on-bone," which is obviously not good. 

It was reported earlier this fall that there were no additional surgeries that could provide relief, but the Portland Tribune reports Monday that Roy continues to investigate all options and will meet with an orthopedic surgeon who has "experience in meniscus transplantation."
Within the next two weeks, Blazer management will fly Brandon Roy to meet with one of the world’s most renowned orthopedic surgeons to discuss the possibility of surgery and/or other treatment on Roy’s troubled left knee.
The orthopedic expert is the team doctor for one of the NBA’s other 29 teams. I’m not at liberty to report his name, but he has experience in meniscus transplantation.

The procedure has been performed on some professional athletes who have retired, such as football player Marshall Faulk. It has never been done on an active pro player, however. 
This season, Roy has been a shell of his former self, lacking the mobility to move freely and the quickness to burst past defenders. He's battled painful, persistent swelling in both knees, but rest alone hasn't been sufficient to reduce his pain and free up his movement. 

With four years left on his current mini-max contract after this season, any surgical discussion, especially one that involves a radical procedure, will likely be made with maximum deliberation.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:50 pm
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Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 9:19 pm

Blazers announce Roy is 'sidelined indefinitely'

Posted by Matt Moore

Hours after Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported that the Blazers and Brandon Roy were considering shutting down the superstar for the remainder of the season, the Blazers have issued a press release announcing that Roy has been "sidelined indefinitely." The release includes the following quote from Rich Cho:

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely,” said Cho. “In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action.”

So it would appear that the Blazers are at least making moves in the direction of a season-long sit-down for the All-Star. For more on the Blazers' situation without Roy, check out Ben Golliver's comprehensive breakdown on what it would mean for Roy, the Blazers, the fans, and everyone else.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:13 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Should the Blazers shut down Brandon Roy?

The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly considering shutting down Brandon Roy. Should they? Posted by Ben Golliverbrandon-roy

The 2010 version of Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is a far cry from the 2008 and 2009 versions, and it's throwing Roy, his franchise and the Portland fanbase for a loop. Expectations have been re-calibrated, dreams have been deferred and apprehension has mounted. With word coming from CBSSports.com's Ken Berger on Wednesday that all options are on the table for Roy -- including potentially shutting down his 2010-2011 NBA season before the All-Star break -- what's the right course of action here? There are a number of factors weighing on, and complicating, this decision. Let's look at what's best for all parties. The Team Roy has been ineffective and inefficient on offense, and a total liability on defense this season. His game has always been of the ball-stopping variety: when he's playing, the offense slows down, the Blazers run more isolation plays and Roy takes a ton of shots. Given his decreased quickness off the dribble, Roy is settling for tougher shots and making less of them this season. That fact has dragged Portland's offensive efficiency down in a meaningful way and has forced Blazers coach Nate McMillan to re-think Roy's role when he is out there.  In Roy's absence over the last two weeks, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has seen an increase in touches and has delivered well. Guard Wesley Matthews, Roy's replacement in the starting lineup, has also seen his numbers spike up, and reserve guard Rudy Fernandez has flourished, to a degree, now that he's been given the playing time he's long desired. The Blazers as a whole have played more energetically and less passively in Roy's absence, as the team's younger players tended to defer to Roy and stand around watching and waiting for him to make something happen. Still, the Blazers would be better off with Roy than without Roy, but the nature of his role as a starting two guard and primary scorer simply isn't sustainable, unless he has made significant progress in terms of his mobility during his weeks off. If Roy was available to play in short spurts and was comfortable playing off the ball, his shot-making and play-making abilities are of value. He could still be a positive this season, even in a limited capacity. Brandon Roy Despite concerns surrounding his health, Roy no doubt wants to play. He's a fierce competitor and has grown accustomed to being treated as the 3-time All-Star that he is. Shutting down the rest of this season, combined with a potential lockout, could mean years away from the game during what was theoretically supposed to be the beginning of his prime. That's no easy decision for a player to swallow. Sorting through the mental demons of playing in a limited state is going to be easier for Roy if he's able to play than if he simply steps away from the game. Shutting it down would really be Roy's last resort, the product of a medical diagnosis that he simply couldn't avoid. The Organization The Blazers have officially fallen short of their goal of competing for a title with Roy, Aldridge and center Greg Oden as their primary nucleus, and are reportedly deciding whether they should enter a rebuilding phase. The team's ceiling this season is the No. 8 seed and virtual certain elimination in the first round of the playoffs; their basement is the No. 10 or No. 11 seed and a trip to the draft lottery. Roy is essentially untradeable given his health and the fact that he's in the the first year of a 5-year $80+ million contract, so the Blazers are stuck with him for the time being. If Roy is able to contribute meaningfully, the Blazers would love to have him on the court for his superstar appeal and ability to sell tickets. He hasn't been able to do that this season, however, and his absence has allowed new general manager Rich Cho additional time and space to assess the rest of his roster's pieces.  Young players with untapped potential, such as Matthews and Nicolas Batum, can certainly use the extra playing time created by Roy's absence. If a rebuild is in the cards, the team could do a lot worse than making Aldridge, Matthews and Batum their temporary centerpieces, at least until a clearer picture of Oden and Roy's future effectiveness emerges. More minute and touches for the younger guys now means more confidence and reliable production down the road. The organization would like a productive Roy, but shouldn't let an unproductive Roy stand in the way of the development of younger, potential future core pieces. Conclusion Shutting down Roy isn't nearly as catastrophic an option as it might appear at first glance, given the team's record, the state of the organization and Roy's on-court ineffectiveness. The 2010-2011 Blazers are almost certainly going to be hovering around average, whether Roy plays down the stretch or not.  Given that fact, there's really no reason to rush a decision, unless medical opinion has swayed hard against Roy's ability to play through his ongoing knee pain. If no definitive conclusion has been reached about Roy's knees, there's nothing wrong with continuing to monitor and re-evaluate Roy on a week-to-week basis, assuming he is on board with that.  Treading carefully is of utmost importance here, given that a decision to shut down Roy will have major implications on and off the court for years to come.
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