So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest.
Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.
“For sure against Detroit (Sunday), and maybe for Toronto (Friday),’’ Roy said Monday. “I’m excited. I feel pretty good.’’
Roy wants to come off the bench to start.
“I haven’t played since Dec. 15, so I want to play with some guys and get a feel,’’ Roy said. “I need to get my legs back and my rhythm back.’’
Roy had both knees scoped Jan. 17. The surgery was deemed successful but the man has virtually no cartilage left in his knees so there is only so much the doctors can do anymore. His knees are never going to be 100 percent again.
There was talk of him taking the entire season off to rest them — why rush back to battle for one of the last playoff spots in the West when what they really need is him to get right again? He might not be the same old guy next season but he’d be closer.
But that’s not Roy’s personality. He is a competitor. He wants to be back. The Blazers were the eighth seed heading into Monday night by just half a game ahead of Memphis. He wants to win and get this team to the playoffs.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.
This was not Marc Gasol‘s first attempt to head in the ball after a whistle, but this time, he converted.
Here was his January try:
As Rockets general manager Daryl Morey once noted, cherry-picking James Harden‘s worst defensive plays to create a video is unfair. Many players would look awful by that measure.
But Harden provides serious ammo for these worst-of videos.
This non-attempt to stop Lance Thomas is just brutal.
At least Houston buckled down to beat the Knicks, 116-111 in overtime. The Rockets have climbed to 26th in points allowed per possession.
So, Kobe Bryant‘s NBA career is officially going to come to an end after the 2015-16 season. That part he announced on Sunday.
What’s still up in the air is Bryant’s participation in one last Olympics. Bryant has been in consideration to make Team USA this summer at the games in Rio de Janeiro, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo tells ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that he hasn’t ruled that out yet:
Kobe was asked about this at his post-game press conference Sunday and said it was not a goal, but if it was offered he’d consider it.
“I’d be honored if that was there, it would be fantastic to be around that group and spend kind of the last journey with them,” Bryant said. “That being said, it’s not something that I’m obsessing over.”
‘When Bryant made it known that he wanted to play in Rio, he made it clear to Colangelo and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski that he wanted to earn a spot, not be given one as a lifetime achievement award. Watching him so far this season, it’s almost impossible to imagine him making the roster on merit.
But nobody should begrudge him if he wanted to extend the farewell tour just a little bit longer.