Report: Brandon Roy's career in jeopardy

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#RAPTORSWON 228 heat pts228
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Report: Brandon Roy's career in jeopardy
 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It would be easy to exhale today knowing that a noted Los Angeles doctor on Friday declared there is no need to operate on the aching left knee of Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy.

And it would be easy to rejoice that Roy is back to his old, game-impacting self after he led the Blazers with 24 points in Friday's thrilling, hard-fought 110-108 loss at Oklahoma City.

Come to think of it, go ahead and do both while you can.

Because, before anyone gets too carried away with the second opinion of Dr. Neal ElAttrache, take a deep breath, swallow hard and realize the reason no surgery was recommended:

There's no meniscus left to operate on in Roy's left knee.

"Nah. None. Not in my right, either," Roy said Friday.

The reason Roy's knee has been swelling up regularly, to the point where it has already been drained twice by Blazers' doctor Don Roberts this season, is because there is no cartilage to absorb the pounding a.ssociated with running and jumping.

"The problem is bone-on-bone there," Roy said. "Dr. Roberts calls it 'arthritic knee.' It's just something I'm going to have to deal with for the rest of my career."
"In talking to (Dr. ElAttrache), I asked if it could get any worse," Roy said. "He said there's a chance, but he doesn't think so. But there's no curing it. He said there are players who have worked with it. You just have to take the medication and monitor it."

In the meantime, it's likely we have seen the end of the old Brandon Roy. The one who switched hands in mid-air while making a driving layin in traffic against Toronto two seasons ago. The one who attacked the lane and finished a game-winner against the Knicks. The one who lept high and blocked a Carmelo Anthony jumper with his finger tip to preserve a victory.

There will be a lot more jumpers. A lot more post-ups. There will still be drives -- he beat his man a couple times in the fourth quarter on Friday -- but they will be more calculated and measured.

For the past week, that has been a hard thing for Roy to swallow. But after talking with family and friends, he came to realize it was a reality.

On Friday, with his mind no longer thinking about microfracture, and the swelling in his knee subsided enough to give him some freedom on the court, he started to embrace his new career.

"I could see myself coming in the fold now," Roy said.

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 Blazers Insider: No surgery for Brandon Roy, but continued pain | OregonLive.com

He was 1-7 tonight, and barely did anything... His knee is f**ked. Sad, Roy and Oden, two young guys whose careers coming to premature end... image


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81 comments for "Report: Brandon Roy's career in jeopardy"

 7 years ago '06        #2
DrockSteady 44 heat pts44
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:disdain2::thumbsdown:
 7 years ago '06        #3
philly337 20 heat pts20
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Damn that sucks
 7 years ago '05        #4
Angry_Black_757 1 heat pts
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he wont last long like that. you need your knees. it was a good run, dude proved himself to be a good player
 7 years ago '09        #5
Lupe Hunter 77 heat pts77
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Just like penny and Grant Hill , So much talent and potential but get unlucky with injuries
 7 years ago '04        #6
LightsOut 19 heat pts19
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damn that don't sound good at all, sucks to hear that happen to someone that good and that young too
 7 years ago '05        #7
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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 Russ369 said:

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He was 1-7 tonight, and barely did anything... His knee is f**ked. Sad, Roy and Oden, two young guys whose careers coming to premature end...

and they're both on the blazers

cursed franchise
 7 years ago '06        #8
ChevyBrah 216 heat pts216
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 7 years ago '07        #9
Bkjj11 3552 heat pts3552
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the west is so much easier now for the lakers


































nah fareal, hope he can get better
 7 years ago '06        #10
DrockSteady 44 heat pts44
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i'll get him a ring in 2k11
 7 years ago '04        #11
Liquid-Science 28 heat pts28
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Portland should have drafted Durant

 7 years ago '05        #12
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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 Lupe Hunter said:
Just like penny and Grant Hill , So much talent and potential but get unlucky with injuries
More like mcgrady

this isnt something he can come back from unless theres cartilage transplants in the future or something
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LightsOut 19 heat pts19
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 Bea5T said:
More like mcgrady

this isnt something he can come back from unless theres cartilage transplants in the future or something
yeah, i'm not 100% positive but isn't that arthritis when the cartilage wears down all the way? usually older people have to get bone replacements for that s**t, i know my pops had a hip replacement because he was always in pain and he's 55
 11-14-2010, 12:22 AM         #14
more_fya 
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Damn. How old is Roy again? I doubt he makes it to 30 before he has to retire
 7 years ago '05        #15
Corleone 
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 DrockSteady said:
i'll get him a ring in 2k11


but damn b roy was on his was to the top too when KB24 retires....sucks for dude but f**k it he's paid already. he'll be aight, f**k a legacy
 7 years ago '06        #16
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 more_fya said:
Damn. How old is Roy again? I doubt he makes it to 30 before he has to retire
27 I believe...

EDIT: check that, 26.
 11-14-2010, 12:30 AM         #17
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damn that is f**kin sad if he has to retire... wow....


maybe he can coach?

Most certainly ESPN will let him be an NBA analyst alongside Jalen.
 7 years ago '07        #19
stogz 18 heat pts18
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This is why sports leagues should not be cutting people's salaries.
 7 years ago '06        #20
ThaShark316 86 heat pts86
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 stogz said:
This is why sports leagues should not be cutting people's salaries.
If you wanna see nfl and nba in 2011, get used to it.:dancingcool:
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