Although former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy made one more attempt to play in the NBA this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, everybody knew it was a long shot. The talent was still there but his body simply couldn’t hold up and the 28 year old only appeared in five games for the Wolves before sitting out the remainder of the year. Now Roy admits what so many of us knew but didn’t want to say – his days of playing basketball are over.
Speaking at the University of Washington Alumni game this weekend, Roy admitted the truth which despite being somewhat obvious, seemed just that much more painful coming from him.
Per Kevin Pelton:
“My basketball days are done. That’s no secret.” – Brandon Roy
Selected 6th overall by the Blazers in the 2006 NBA Draft, Roy quickly emerged as a future face of the league. The 2008-09 season, the best of Roy’s short career saw the former Huskie average nearly 23 points a game along with nearly 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Add into that a steal and 48% shooting from the field and Roy looked to be a franchise pillar in the making. Sadly, from that point it was a quick downward spiral and two years later Roy has played the last game in his NBA career.
Heartbreaking to watch.