PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers runs down court after making a shot to overcome a 23 point deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 84-82 in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Former Washington Huskies and Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy is planning an NBA comeback. The shooting guard retired due to knee injuries prior to the 2011-12 season.
Washington Huskies fans likely have plenty of fond memories of former star Brandon Roy, who led his team to two consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in his senior year in 2006. After graduation, Roy was selected as the sixth overall draft pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and was immediately drafted to another Northwest team in the Portland Trail Blazers.
After becoming a three-time All-Star in the NBA, Roy announced his retirement due to knee injuries just after the NBA lockout ended in 2011. Robert Littal at Black Sports Online reports that after being away for a season, Roy is now planning on making a comeback.
The 27-year-old Brandon Roy said he's working out daily in preparation for his NBA comeback and hopes to play in '12-13. Roy, who is scheduled to play in Jamal Crawford's Pro-Am event this weekend, answered questions on Twitter about his comeback on Friday night (via HoopsWorld): "It sounds like Brandon Roy will attempt to make an NBA comeback next season. After months of rumors and speculation, he confirmed the news last night on Twitter. Last night, Roy took to Twitter to answer questions from fans. Since he doesn't have an account on the social media website, he used the account of his close friend and fellow Seattle player Will Conroy to interact with fans and comment on the rumors. ‘Lord willing, I will play again soon,' Roy wrote in a series of tweets. ‘Yes, I'm preparing for a comeback. I'm training daily. I'm preparing for a return next year. I appreciate the love. Hopefully I'll be back on the floor soon. Health is good.'"
Roy stated on Twitter that he would be unable to play for the Trail Blazers again until the 2014-15 season, but is hoping to come back sooner than that.