Brandon Roy holding off retirement to seek new treatment
After speculation he would retire due to chronic knee pain, Roy announced he would 'explore additional treatment options' and try to continue his career.
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Brandon Roy isn't ready to give up on his NBA career quite yet.
Roy issued a statement Saturday saying he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"The past two days I have been weighing all my options as I try to continue my basketball career," said Roy, who played at Garfield High School and the University of Washington. "I have decided to explore additional treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in order to help our team."
The three-time All-Star initially retired as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers before last season. Pain created by a lack of cartilage in his knees robbed Roy of the smooth, shot-making game that made him one of the league's best shooting guards and a building block of the Blazers franchise.
But he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy over the summer after sitting out the season, then felt good enough to attempt a comeback this year. The Timberwolves lured him away from other suitors including Dallas, Chicago and Golden State with a two-year, partially guaranteed deal, and things were looking up for Roy and the Wolves during a promising training camp.
During a preseason game against Milwaukee, Roy knocked knees during a collision with Ersan Ilyasova, and it has been all downhill since. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November, then returned to practice Thursday and expressed optimism about possibly playing against the Suns on Saturday. But Roy was unable to practice Friday and was not present at the shootaround prior to the game against Phoenix.
He's gone back and forth the last two days, weighing retirement against more medical treatment, and more rehab. Timberwolves president David Kahn was vague on the specific treatment that Roy would be receiving, but said the team hopes to start seeing some results in three to four weeks.
"We're hoping for the best and preparing for the worst, meaning I think the team has to prepare as if it may not work, and do what's necessary," Kahn said. "Having said that ... I'm rooting for him, and am hopeful it will work."
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