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Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
“He kind of doubted himself a little, especially when Brandon got off to a good start,” McMillan said of Aldridge. “He could have looked at that as Brandon was The Man and the team was built around him.”
This likely will not be the worst season for games missed by stars, either. That distinction belongs to 2012-13, when the following players all missed 29 games or more: Rose, Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Grant Hill, Rajon Rondo, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Kevin Love, Brandon Roy and Andrew Bynum.
30 Oct 14
30 Oct 14
Zach Lowe: Do you still talk to Brandon Roy a lot? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah, I actually talked to him two days ago. Zach Lowe: He’s still in Seattle, right? Isaiah Thomas: Yeah. He actually plays basketball with us throughout the summer. He can’t play 82 games, that’s the only thing. But he’s still got game.
It reminds me of that February night in 2007 in Los Angeles, when a rookie named Brandon Roy came barreling out of the bathroom in the locker room at halftime to confront Zach Randolph, who was berating the Blazers guards for being unable to keep Smush Parker in front of them. In front of everyone, Roy told Randolph he was out of line, that this was a team, and there would be no finger pointing. Randolph waited by the locker room door as the team filed out for the second half and stopped Roy. He apologized, and from there, the team was Roy’s.
Thoughts on Damian Lillard and Portland’s start to the season?: “That kid [Lillard] is sparking that city and that team like Brandon Roy did. He’s having that type of impact on that team. “Yeah, Portland is legit. I think they are. You know I’ve seen Lillard play a couple of times, but just watching him, he has the poise and the demeanor of a Brandon Roy. He seems to be really calm under pressure. The point guard play was something we were really searching for throughout my time there. Andre Miller came in and really helped us at that position, but he was really passed his prime. So that was really what we were searching for and they got it. They got that guy who looks like he can lead a team and I know LaMarcus, Wesley and Nicolas, those three fit each other. LaMarcus is a low-post guy who can do a number of things and Wesley and Nicolas both defend and can shoot the three ball. Now you got a point guard to go with them. You take LaMarcus and put him at his natural position by bringing in Lopez. You got experience coming off the bench. You got a Mo Williams coming off the bench. You got to be kidding me? Come on now.”
How do you feel about your overall tenure in Portland?: “We had a plan that was going well. When I first spoke to Mr. Allen and he talked about his plan when he offered me the position to come to Portland, the plan was in place and it was working. We had some unfortunate situations where we just had some injuries that we just could not overcome. To have everything really going according to plan, we had talked about building through the draft, that we were going to be patient. We were lucky enough that some guys did some good things. Kevin Pritchard and our scouts did a good job of drafting. But when you lose a Brandon Roy and Greg Oden in the same year, it’s going to be hard for anybody to survive. You take Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol from the Lakers. You take LeBron James and Dwyane Wade off Miami, it’s going to be hard for those organizations to survive. We had that happen in our lockout year. I got caught in a storm.”
The Trail Blazers were floundering. Lopsided losses were becoming the norm. A promising season was teetering toward a free-fall. Coach Nate McMillan, the man who helped usher Portland past the Jail Blazers era and became the bedrock of a turbulent organization, had lost his team. Sensing the collapse and fearing the worst, McMillan asked then-President Larry Miller for a meeting to discuss the future. “I talked with Larry about where I felt the organization was at and what I thought they needed to do,” McMillan says. “They needed to look at rebuilding before that thing crumbled. And they needed to look at everything, including the head coaching position. With some guys, I knew it wasn’t part of their plan to be there. We had two of our core players — Brandon (Roy) and Greg (Oden) — basically retire. So I told him that he needed to get something for the guys we had, he needed to look at redoing this whole thing before it crumbles.”
First, I badly misplayed the Brandon Roy/Andre Miller saga. I blindly took Roy’s side that Miller was a poor fit for the team and that he was killing the Blazers offense because both he and Roy needed to handle the ball. The truth of the matter was Roy was being a big baby. Miller, who would later became one of my favorite players I’ve ever covered, was too professional, too wise to engage in the debate. “It’s just basketball,” Miller would say. “I don’t see what the problem is.” Eventually, I came to understand and appreciate the beauty that was Andre Miller. Later, I told him I was embarrassed how I handled the coverage. That I was wrong. We now greet each other warmly when we see each other, a relationship I take great pride in.
Newly signed free agent Mo Williams earlier this month created somewhat of a stir when he chose No. 7, the number that Roy wore for his five seasons in Portland. But on Wednesday Williams got his preferred jersey number: 25, which was previously taken by the also recently signed Earl Watson. A team source said there is nothing more to the jersey number change than Watson being a nice guy and giving Williams the number he wanted all along.
“Any time you walk away from the game, you have what ifs,” Roy said. “I feel like I was able to answer those questions last year by going out there and giving it a try. For me, it’s a little bit easier to walk away. It’s never going to be easy, but it’s a little smoother knowing I gave it a try and now it’s time to move on.”
Brandon Roy’s basketball career came full circle on Sunday. After the University of Washington’s Alumni Game, where he returned to the court where he first reached national prominence, Roy told reporters he’s almost certainly played his last game in the NBA. “I haven’t come out and said it publicly, but for me mentally, I’ve just started to settle into living a normal life,” he said. “I haven’t officially announced anything, but right now I haven’t thought about playing in the NBA.”
Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com reports on Twitter that former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy intimated that his NBA career is over at a University of Washington alumni game in Seattle on Sunday. “My basketball days are [numbered]. That’s no secret.” – Brandon Roy No official announcement, but Roy basically indicated he is retired. Will make decisions about what comes next this fall. Said the decision was easier to make after trying to come back with Minnesota and continuing to have trouble with his knee.
The dark horse is Brandon Roy: The 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year told CSNNW.com back in January that he would love to get into the coaching profession immediately if his knees were unable to hold up, ending his playing career. Unlike most All-Stars who have dominated this league using their athleticism, Roy did it mostly with his smarts and knowing how to play angles on both sides of the ball. Players that played the game from the neck up, tend to be better coaches. Plus, it would be a great story in Portland.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team has waived guard Brandon Roy. “We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are formalizing the release of Brandon Roy, ridding themselves of the $5.3 million owed him in the 2013-14 season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. An announcement is expected in the near future.
When asked if Roy had reached a point where he knew he wouldn’t play again, Kahn said, “He had several moments that were very hard for him this year … not just one.” Roy, who turns 29 in July, has not played since the first half of a Nov 9 game against Indiana. He was experiencing soreness in his right knee at halftime and did not return for the second half.
Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said he reached the conclusion in late January that Brandon Roy, struggling to recover from surgery on his right knee, would not play again this season. Nearly three months later, another conclusion has been reached regarding Roy’s future with the team: “You should assume he will not be playing with us next season,” Kahn said.
Brandon Roy has a two-year contract after playing just five games, but next season’s $5 million salary is not guaranteed so the answer is no. Kahn said he still considers it a gamble that was worth taking because the team protected itself financially next season and because it added Kirilenko, Alexey Shved and Chase Budinger on the wing last summer, not knowing, though, that Budinger would go down, too. The Wolves still could trade Roy’s salary slot to make a trade work come draft time.