Brandon Roy Practicing Again, Wont be happy until he is in the wheelchair league
MINNEAPOLIS - Brandon Roy has returned to practice on a limited, no-contact basis with the Minnesota Timberwolves a month after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee — an accomplishment by itself given the chronic problems he's had.
The former NBA Rookie of the Year and All-Star decided to revive his career in Minnesota this season. Roy said the latest knee trouble didn't prompt him to consider retirement, like he did a year ago when he was with Portland.
"I never thought about walking away. It was just, for me, do I want to go through another procedure? Or do I want to play through it?" Roy said Thursday.
Roy said he felt fine in training camp, but he banged knees with another player in an exhibition game against Milwaukee on Oct. 26, and the discomfort worsened after another collision in a game against Indiana on Nov. 9. He had the operation on Nov. 19.
Roy has been doing light drills with the team but said there's no timetable for his return to the lineup. The Wolves have four games in the next five days, so he won't be back for that. He said he'll start to practice at full speed next week.
"The goal was to try to come in and help this team out, so I still have a lot of time left to try to do that. You can't prepare for something like that, but now I've gone through it. About a month later, I'm happy we got it done, and I feel better," said Roy, who played in five games before the surgery.
Roy acknowledged "that small concern" in the back of his mind that he'll never reach 100 percent strength in his knees again but said several times in a post-practice interview with reporters that he feels good and the pain is gone.
Whenever Roy retakes the court, he'll be overshadowed by certain other backcourt player coming off a knee injury. The Wolves host Dallas on Saturday, when point guard Ricky Rubio could make his season debut. The standout from Spain has been practicing at full speed and is simply waiting for clearance from the team. Coach Rick Adelman said Rubio hasn't had any setbacks.
"I really have no idea. Every day they're testing. They're doing work on him, to see where he's at. I'm sure we'll make that decision come Saturday," Adelman said.
Backup point guard J.J. Barea spoke eagerly of Rubio's return, echoing the sentiment of everyone on the team and around it.
"He wants to be out there with us and help us win, so I think for the whole city and for us it's good to have him back," Barea said.
Malcolm Lee, who has been starting at shooting guard lately with Roy out, left Wednesday's game with a hyperextended right knee. He didn't take part in Thursday's light workout, and the team said he wouldn't travel to New Orleans for Friday's game.
Yo McDunkin I'm questioning your blackness I heard your girl was white you a cornball
Rob Parker, is that you?
For Years,I Have Heard people refer to Rob Parker as a CORNBALL!!!
He is Skipp Byless b1tch. Being a guy I wanna hook with a girl of every race.
On a Positive Note for the TWolves they say Ricky Rubio will make his season Debut saturday night against the Mavs....
ypu gotta respect his perseverance. Im fully pulling for this guy. Even if he just finishes the season. You hear about guys saying they love the game. If this isnt as pure an example as you can get i dont know what is
Did the T-Wolves manage to insure BRoy's contract does anyone know? Huge fan of the guy but really worried he'll end up with a limp or worse for the rest of his life.
Both years of Roy's deal are currently fully guaranteed. He'll earn $5,100,000 in 2012/13 and $5,329,500 in 2013/14.
If Roy reinjures his previously-injured knees this season, the second year of the contract becomes non-guaranteed, giving the T-Wolves the opportunity to release him without taking a cap hit in 2013/14.
However, even if Roy's knee problems resurface, the second year of the deal can become guaranteed if the former Blazer plays 1400+ minutes in 2012/13 or is on the active list for 65+ games in '12/13.
As a guy with bad knees too i'm rooting for him
I've always been a fan of Brandon Roy, but seeing him go through all of these injuries/surguries/recoveries really has made me respect him as a individual. The sheer determination to continue to put such effort into trying to recover has been awfully inspiring. Really rooting for him to put all the serious issues behind him, he may never be the All-Star he was but he was always a smart player that relied on his guile more than his athletic gifts he's not down and out yet..
Rubio possibly back Saturday? Who would have thought the wolves would be 10-9 at this point, Adelman has done a great job. With everyone back there may be real pressure for this team to begin to really perform from here out, this is still a extremely young team....
I've been saying this for weeks but I cannot wait to watch Rubio and Shved mesh in the backcourt they both play such a fast paced team-oriented basketball...
It's finally a good time to be a Wolves fan!
Here we go again...
Look here I was raised in a suburb named Dove Cove for the love of Old Navy so of course my girlfriends white! Im a product of my environment! I got good credit too! You mad bro?
But seriously I am of African American decent and I love women of every color,but if it gives me any street cred back shes got a big booty....
@ HEY MC Dunkin......Is your Girlfriend's Big Booty,'' Home Grown,Padded or Injected''? LMAO
She has a big booty. Do you call her big booty?
Sorry, 2 chainz ruined the term big booty for me. I hear it and think of that song. Haha