If you haven’t heard already, Brandon Roy is back. From both injury and retirement. What a sad combination. Roy announced his decision earlier this summer via Twitter on former Husky teammate Will Conroy’s account (Since Roy does not own one..smh) saying:
- “Lord willing, I will play again soon..Yes, I’m preparing for a comeback…I’m training daily. I’m preparing for a return next year..I appreciate the love..Hopefully I’ll be back on the floor soon. Health is good.” – Brandon Roy
Maybe you we’re hoping for a press conference, don’t hate, the future is here alright. These days it doesn’t get any more formal than Twitter. A retweet is like an autograph to these kids but back to the topic, you heard it. Loud and Twitter..Roy will be starting the this season in the same place he should have landed six years ago.
Flashback. June 28, 2006 Madison Square Garden, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Roy 6th overall just before Boston snagged Randy Foye 7th. So you ask how did Roy end up a Trailblazer and Randy Foye a Timber-Wolf? Trades my friend, lots of them. Long story short, the Celtics took Foye with the #7 pick, then promptly traded him to the Portland for Sebastian Telfair in a five-player deal. Let’s do a quick recap on exactly what went down six years ago. Boston was dumb enough to trade the draft rights for Foye to Minnesota for some guy named Sebastian Telfair and a couple of no-namers. Then they took a chance and somehow convinced Phoenix to give them Rajon Rondo for a couple of future picks. Steal right? Lets not forget that Boston thought Telfair would be a greater asset to the franchise than Rondo, but they brought him in anyway. We all know how that position battle turned out. After acquiring Foye from Boston, Portland made a deal with Minnesota swapping Foye for Roy and it was done. Portland 1, Minnesota 0.
Brandon Roy and the Portland Trailblazers 2006-2011:
In his short 5 year career, Brandon Roy was easily considered one of the best young players in the league. He averaged 19 points, over 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game, was the 2007 Rookie of the Year, led the Trailblazers to the playoffs three times and was a 3 time All-Star. He was a cold dude. But due to numerous knee injuries that limited his minutes to less than 20 minutes per game, he surprised the basketball world and hung up the sneakers for good; At least that’s what we thought. He’s gettin back to his ways. I’m happy for him. Loved his game since day one, and also because I have some knee issues of my own..but we won’t get into that.
Overall Minnesota looks alright. They recently lost Wes Johnson and Michael Beasley to the Suns but look on the bright side. You’ve got Ricky Rubio coming back from injury, Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, now Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy. Sounds like a solid-five to me. And if all goes well they could get back free-agents Martell Webster and Anthony Tolliver. Hey, maybe with a few more pieces they can make it to the playoffs. I wouldn’t say the future looks bright because the Western Conference is no playground; However, it does look opportunistic. They share Northwest Division with Oklahoma City, Denver, Portland and Utah. Rough but doable. We’ll see what happens, the Timberwolves open their season Friday, November 2nd against the Sacramento Kings.
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