Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
One of the finest Washington basketball products ever, Brandon Roy, will be making his return to the hardwood Friday evening as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here's what Roy told the Seattle Times about his excitement towards the situation:
"The preseason was great, but it's nothing like actually getting your name back in the books again for a real game," Roy said. "I'm excited. I've got some of my family coming into town. I'm just going to go out there, play hard and try to enjoy it."
Roy decided to retire last season following the NBA lockout due to the cartilage wearing down in his both his knees. After announcing his comeback, Roy signed a two-year, $10.4 million contract with the Timberwolves where head coach Rick Adelman hopes he can play at least "30 to 32 minutes" per game.
Those expectations are probably a bit too high considering he only played in 47 games in his last season with the Portland Trailblazers while averaging 27.9 minutes per contest. Still, there's no doubting Roy can be a game-changer when he's healthy enough as evidenced by the 18-point fourth quarter he had against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
The Timberwolves will also be looking for some instant perimeter shooting contributions from Roy with Kevin Love sidelined with a hand injury.