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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 ($125,164,958*)
Alex Kennedy: Who are some other players who could’ve done so much more if it wasn’t for injuries? For example, Brandon Roy comes to mind immediately. David West: “Greg Oden. The one year that dude was healthy, we played them like three times in the first month-and-a-half of the season or something. I remember bumping up against him and being like, ‘Yo, this dude is going to be a beast.’ We couldn’t do anything with him — me and Tyson [Chandler] together — he was just dunking everything around the basket. He was 285-to-290 [pounds], but not like a bulky fat. If Greg Oden had stayed around, I don’t think small-ball evolves. If he’s healthy, I don’t think small-ball evolves the way it did. No way.”
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.”