Brandon Roy retired from the NBA last season, as it appeared his knees could no longer take the punishment of an NBA schedule. He is back this year, and trying to make an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Roy was one of the league's top playmakers when healthy, and he is hoping to get back to that level.
Roy spoke with KFAN in Minneapolis on Tuesday about his knees, and the status of his comeback attempt:
"The knees have been great. We went at it pretty hard the last five days, been going for about three hours. I think a big question in the back of my mind was, ‘How will the knees hold up with some grueling practices?’ And after coming out of all those practices, I feel just as good as I did going in. I’m really excited. We’ve got a game [Wednesday], finally, so I can get out there and play my first game in a very long time."
The Timberwolves face the Indiana Pacers in the FargoDome on Wednesday night. It will be Roy's first action since a playoff loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Game action should be a good test of his recovery.
Roy averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in five injury-plagued seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. If he can get back to that level, Roy should be a positive force with the Timberwolves this season.