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Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

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

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:12 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Loved him since his college days in Washington.  Played with heart and class.  Will be missed by the entire league.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:48 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

One of the Greatest Blazers of all time that 5 years we had him was worth every penny he got.  R.I.P. Brandon Roy = Retire in Peace

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:34 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

I may be repeating what many others have already written, but this is truly unfair to Brandon and NBA fans.  In a "Diva" driven league it was nice to see someone with his talents actually be a class act and someone you could respect.  All the best Brandon, you will be missed!

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:00 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

This is definitely a sad day for the Blazers and Brandon Roy fans. He has meant so much to the Pacific Northwest that most people on the East Coast would not realize. It was more than help shed the jailbird era for the Blazers, but it also gave the Blazer fans hope again about the team and made some free agents look this way to the small market team. He also has done probably more for the Washington Huskies hoops program than any other player has. I think he really has helped Lorenzo Romar keep up with great recruiting of guard play just to see how well he has been in the NBA. I am glad that it has happened with the retirement than if they were to have to end up using the amnesty clause. I like how he will still be able to get paid, and now we can look at it as a severence package and I wish him the best of luck. I think we will see him still be involved with the Blazers and maybe the Huskies so he will be around. Thank you Brandon Roy for what you have done for fans of the Huskies and the Blazers and for both of these cities!!!

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:52 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Kind of sad that his nickname was the natural and his career ended like this.

Enjoy retirement my man, at least you got millions out of your talent! 

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:01 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

I was going to make the Mattingly comparison (Mattingly happens to be my favorite Baseball player).

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:53 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Brandon Roy was an exceptional player. To be in the HOF you need excellence for quite a few years. Injuries are part of the game. I was a big fan of him, but no way can he be even considered for the HOF.  He needed way more time(Don Mattingly). Enjoy retirement young man, you played the game right.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:41 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

Roy appeared to be a solid 2nd tier All Star player for years to come.  He's way too young to deal with the knee problems he has, and it sucks to see a promising career cut short.  As a Portland Native, I probably saw about 200 Blazer games in Person during the Clyde Drexler era, and while Roy was promising, he's nowhere near Clyde Drexler status.  It's ridiculous for people to even bring up a comparison.  Drexler is a 2nd tier MJ, and Roy is a 2nd Tier Clyde.  Yeah, Roy was a very good clutch player, but not in a legendary way, or even close. 

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:17 am

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

I didn't say Brandon Roy was better than Clyde Drexler, but I said if the game was on the line I would want Brandon with the ball at the top of the key and put someone to sleep and make a shot to win the game is all.  His game was unique and could get his shots without jumping over people like Clyde did...

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:01 pm

Blazers' Brandon Roy to pursue medical retirement

I said Clyde played on GREAT teams and Roy played on MEDIOCRE ones!

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