Calling It Quits?
Could we have seen the “Amazingly Talented” Brandon Roy on an NBA court for the last time?
According to a report from ESPN News Services, Chad Ford and Mark Stein Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is planning to hang up the shoes and announce his retirement as soon as Friday possibly.
He was drafted 6th overall in the 2006 NBA draft and has had a steller 5 year NBA career.
Even though he was suffering with an injured ankle, Roy won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2006–07 in a near-unanimous vote. He played 57 games as a rookie and averaged 16.8 points per game in the 2006–07 season. He was selected as a reserve to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
This is a major switch as the Trailblazers just this week said they expect him to be ready for the start of the season and their first official practice.
We also heard as recently as last week that the Blazers were going to use the Amnesty clause on him.
Trail Blazers team president Larry Miller told the Oregonian Monday that “we expect Brandon to be a part of this team when the season starts.”
Brandon Roy had also told Blazers executives he felt great and wanted to help the team in 2011/12.
It looks like Roy’s degenerative knees are finally going to force him out of Northwest hoops scene in Rip City.
The ESPN source says Brandon has conceded the ongoing knee trouble he has would have obviously led to a reduced role with the Blazers in 2011/12. He does not want to be released via the amnesty clause the source goes on to say.
In 2010/11 Roy played shortened minutes after surgery and averaged 12.2 points and 2.7 assists in 27.9 minutes, the lowest totals of his five-year career.
He has single game career highs of 52 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 blocks, and 10 steals. (10 steals ties him for 2nd all-time in one game)
Brandon Roy has been well chronicled on the NWSportsbeat.com Blog. He made our UW Huskies Top 5 players of all time list back in September.
He attended Garfield High School in Seattle, and was considered one of the state’s best high school players.
His career NBA stats speak for themselves.
This guy is a great player, and we’re proud he hails from Washington State, we’re proud he stayed home and played college ball at UW, and we’re proud of his time in Portland.
He’s pure classs.
I for one hope the report is wrong.
More details will be posted here as we learn more…
The Brandon Roy Profile
Weight: 211 lbs
Birthdate: July 23, 1984
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington