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Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy
Position: None
Born: 07/23/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Walking toward a white Land Rover with his kids in tow, the smile on Brandon Roy’s face could not have been any bigger. Roy made history Friday, coaching Nathan Hale to their first Seattle Metro League boys basketball championship since 1992 while dominating his high school alma mater Garfield, 91-58. Nathan Hale is a now a perfect 22-0 and a Top 10 nationally-ranked high school basketball program, a feat accomplished in Roy’s first season as the school’s head coach and a drastic turnaround from last year’s 3-18 record.
What were those first few months like when you came to the realization that your playing career was over? You kept a low profile for a while. Brandon Roy: The biggest thing is, it’s different but the same for everyone. I had a few veterans tell me that. So my last real game was when I was like 27 or 28. And a couple of veterans, and I won’t say their names, but they all reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, B, it doesn’t matter if you’re 38 or 28—this thing is not easy to walk away from.’ So the first thing you have to do is understand that it’s normal to feel the way you do. That helped me so much. Even the greatest player ever came back from retirement—twice! Because this isn’t easy to walk away from.
4 months ago via SLAM
For me, the first thing I had to do was say, OK, it’s normal for me to be a little sad about this. And the first thing we all want to do is feel sorry for ourselves. I got that for a little bit. I didn’t want to jump into something just because people think you have to work to take your mind off it. I was more of like, You know what? This is the first time in my life that I don’t have to get up and go work out. I don’t have to travel and leave my family for two weeks at a time. I don’t have to mentally prepare myself to play against the best players in the world.
4 months ago via SLAM
What’s been the most challenging part of coaching so far? Brandon Roy: Teaching and then seeing kids apply it is probably the most challenging part. You can draw it up and it’ll look perfect. And then the kids can practice it and it looks perfect. And then they get in the game and get a little rattled, and all of that great practice goes out the window. And you’re like, Where did it go?! So getting kids to understand and trust the system is probably the toughest adjustment. Trust the “we” and not the “me” is probably the hardest part.
4 months ago via SLAM
On Brandon Roy being the best player Batum every played with: NB: [Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist] asked me, he said, how long you been in the NBA? I said this is my 9th year. He said, who the best player you ever play with in the league? Brandon Roy. ZL: No brainer for you. Right away. NB: Right away… He was like, no LaMarcus? No Dame? No… no. Those guys really, really, really good. I played 2 years… 3 years with Brandon Roy. Yeah. Best player I played with in the NBA.