Minnesota Timberwolves have started the season well, especially considering how much the team has been troubled by injuries. The latest name on the list is Brandon Roy.
To the surprise of most basketball fans, Roy decided to retire just before the opening of last year’s training camp, due to chronic knee issues. Roy lacked cartilage between the bones of both his knees, and was told by doctors that if he continued playing he could end up being unable to walk. After receiving injections this summer, Roy was determined to give the NBA another shot and signed a two-year deal with the Timberwolves.
The 28-year-old shooting guard has only played in 5 games this season, before being forced to lie down on the operating table once again. Roy received arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this Monday and is expected to remain out of action for at least a month.
It is really a shame to see a player of Roy’s character struggle like this. He is truly the definition of a professional, doing very little wrong on or off the court. When healthy, he was one of the craftiest players in the league, with the ability to score in every way imaginable.
Before being sidelined, Roy averaged a mere 5.8 points and 4.6 assists, and you wonder how much he has left in the tank. As much as everyone would like to see Roy play at a high level again, the sad truth is that he has lost most of his athletic ability due to his knees. He will most likely never be able to play anywhere near 35 minutes per game and it is anybody’s guess how long his knees will hold.
We have most certainly seen the best of Brandon Roy; however, if he can stay relatively healthy and play limited minutes off the bench, he can still be an important player for the Wolves. He may not be able to create his own shot at will or carry a massive scoring load anymore, but he is still an excellent shooter and a very intelligent player, that will have a place in the league as long as his knees don’t say otherwise.