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Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy
Position: -
Born: 07/23/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $95,751,295 ($108,197,562*)
On the most recent episode of Talkin’ Blazers, former teammates Travis Outlaw and Channing Frye shared memories from that era of Trail Blazers basketball and how the career of Greg Oden, in particular, was tragically cut short. “He’s one of the most, between him and Brandon Roy, the guy that I wish would have been healthy… because when he was doing his workouts and he was doing stuff when he was healthy, you were like ‘I get it’. I would have taken him number one too like obviously Kevin Durant is who he is now (amazing, Hall-of-Famer, Champion)… Greg Oden was like an anomaly of a human being, especially as a big dude.” – Channing Frye
A half-dozen coaches keep everyone focused and accountable as Garfield prepares for a Saturday playoff game. In the middle of all this is Brandon Roy, the former NBA All-Star, the 2006 NCAA Player of the Year for the Washington Huskies and Garfield’s greatest player. Roy is the head coach, the one with the most authoritative voice. He constantly steps in and offers his opinion. As if he needed to do any more to relate to these teens, he’s the guy wearing a do-rag. “They don’t know what they do for me,” Roy said. “They give me that feeling that I’m still playing.”
“People ask me but right now I’m not chasing it the same way I did as a player,” said Roy, who sounds like a coach. “As a player I wanted to get as good as I could in high school and see how good I am in college and the ultimate goal was make it to the NBA. “My ultimate goal is not to coach in the NBA but to build a real solid foundation at my alma mater. I don’t feel challenged to make it to the next level. I feel challenged right here to make it at this level.”
“I don’t do a lot of interviews, so people speculate,” Roy said. “I would hear that people were asking if Brandon was beefing with Portland … and it’s like, no. “But I didn’t feel like it was my duty to go out publicly and say, ‘No, we are not beefing.’ I just kind of left it as is. So right now, our relationship is … there’s a good word for it, but I can’t think of it. It’s not good or bad, it’s just not active right now.”
“I never thought I would be one to have a fascinating story, but now that I look at it, I’ve been through a lot,” Roy said. “It’s life. I’ve lived life. And I think that’s one reason I agreed to this interview, to show I’m human. It might be hard for people to see that when I have the accolades of basketball, an NBA career and the finances, but I think that’s something Portland has always seen in me. That I’m a person, I’m human. That’s why I was always open about my struggles with school, my learning disabilities and needing more time on the reading section (of tests) … I wanted to be human. I wanted to inspire the one person who was afraid to tell the truth about what they were going through … I’ve found being honest is how you can change, instead of living behind the mask of invincibility.”
His kids were with his ex-wife in Seattle, and his mind became jumbled of what they would think of him. “Getting shot is a terrible thing, and there’s like this stigma that comes with it,” Roy said. “And I didn’t want them to see me as a guy associated with that. I wanted them to know I didn’t do anything wrong.” The bullets left wounds that would scar his body for life, and as he returned to Seattle he wondered if they would scar his mind, too. He couldn’t shake how close the bullets came to piercing his spine, and how he could have easily been paralyzed … or worse.
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 years 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 years 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 years 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.
B/R: Will Seattle ever get another franchise? If so, should the team be called the Sonics? NR: I hope it has a franchise again. It should be called the Sonics, for sure. Nothing should change. Keep the same colors—just swag the jerseys out. S–t, the main reason Seattle should have a team is because of the ballers it produced. Kevin Durant right now would tell you [that] if he had the chance to go to the Sonics or stay in OKC, he for sure would be in Seattle, and he wouldn’t want to leave ever. Myself, Isaiah Thomas—he has f–king offense—Jamal Crawford, we could build a Seattle team that would compete in the NBA, for sure. Brandon Roy, Marvin Williams, give us Zach LaVine, Avery Bradley, Aaron Brooks, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, Rodney Stuckey…we’re taking all Seattle guys.
Storyline: Seattle Team?
Garfield’s nationally ranked boys basketball team defeated Ballard by 35, an impressive number in victory, but it also “lost” a number Friday: The No. 4, which former Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Brandon Roy wore when he played as a Bulldog from 1998-2002. Garfield High retired the number during the program’s senior night, and Roy and his family were in attendance to see his number enshrined high into the rafters above Garfield’s gym. The ceremony took place during halftime of the Garfield-Ballard game.