Thanks For The Memories
…you put on quite a show : Really had me going : But now it’s time to go : Curtain’s finally closing : That was quite a show : Very entertaining : But it’s over now (but it’s over now) : Go on and take a bow
Five years after trading his Timberwolves draft cap for a Blazers lid (how did that work out for Minnesota?!?!?), one would have easily bet the house that Randy Foye would be out of the league before Brandon Roy (no offense Randy).
Prior to Roy’s arrival at the Rose Garden, the Blazers had been absent from the playoff rounds for the two previous years (after a twenty year run).
Posting their worst record since the 1972-73 season going 21-61, the Blazers turned the seventh overall pick into a deal that brought Roy (the sixth pick in the draft) as close to his hometown of Seattle as he could get.
While the team still failed to make the post season for the first two years with Roy in uniform, the franchise finally had a building block in place, to please fans on and off the court.
TOP BRoy NBA MOMENTS:
1. Stern Handshake
After flirting with the NBA straight out of Garfield HS, Roy turned his four years of work as a Husky into being a lottery pick in the 2006 draft.
Considering the difficulties that Roy faced making the requirements needed in order to be eligible for UW, staying in school for the duration was a testament to his willingness to work.
Had he entered the league straight out of high school, there was doubt if he would be ready to run with the big boys. Roy proved that good things were worth waiting for.
2. 2007 R.O.Y.
Although he only played in 57 games during his first season in the Rose Garden, Roy impressed the fans, peers and voters enough to be named Rookie Of The Year, the first for the Blazers since Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks claimed back to back trophies in the early 70’s.
Once his early season injuries healed, Roy dominated the 06-07 Rookie class, capturing three straight Rookie Of The Month awards (January – March).
3. Fifty Two
Two points short of Damon Stoudamire’s franchise record 54 points, Roy torched the Phoenix Suns in a variety of different ways, dropping 14 of 27 from the field, almost pure from the line (19-21) and a watery smooth 5-7 from downtown.
However, Roy did not just burn the Suns with buckets only, he also added 5 boards, 6 dimes and a swat to boot!
4. Mr. Miyagi
Just as Daniel LaRusso did twenty five years earlier, Roy made an incredible comeback during the playoffs after what should have been a season ending knee injury.
Eight days after surgery on his right meniscus, Roy return to once again down the Suns in Game 4 of their first round series.
Although he scored only ten points in twenty seven minutes, Roy’s emotional presence sent chills throughout the Rose Garden and into the homes of all Portland fans.
Although they would go on to lose the series 4-2, Roy proved that he didn’t need to score in order to be a threat for the Blazers.
5. Game 4
Down twenty three points to the eventual champion Mavericks, Roy, who was demoted to coming off the bench due to his constant knee injuries, showed that Nate10 may have made a mistake in his coaching decisions.
After struggling for playing time and baskets for the first two games, Roy’s 16 points in game three helped the Blazers to victory.
However Roy still had something left to prove as he dropped a ridiculous 18 points (24 for the game) in the fourth quarter to tie the series a two games apiece.
Some of my favorite BROY moments in time.