Brandon Roy had that one fleeting moment. He was back on top, leading the Blazers to a huge comeback playoff win over a higher seed, making good on all that promise, and showing everyone he can overcome his injuries. It was a great day for Roy, for the Blazers, and their fans.
Then reality came back, Roy couldn’t put in significant minutes because of his injury issues and the Mavericks womped them on the way to a championship.
But Roy’s not done with his career and is using the lockout to get healthy. In an interview with CBSSports.com, Roy did drop one interesting bit of knowledge. He’s pain free. From CBSSports.com:
“I’m doing good, I’m doing great,” Roy said. “Working out, keeping my weight down. And starting to play a little basketball this week. Enjoying the summer, really trying to take my time and keep improving. I’m healthy. I’m in a position where I’m not battling any soreness or anything, so I feel like I can start improving, getting better with my game. I’m excited.”
Roy said he is lifting weights, getting shots up and playing in some light games, with plans to increase that workload like usual as the summer progresses.
“I’ll start turning it up more, playing more competitively, as we get into August,” Roy said. “Really no room for it now. Really just trying to fine-tune some things and just get better. I’m excited that I’m not in any pain and I can just play and not have any pressure in having to deal with the knees, just go out there and hoop.”
Roy’s health is a big question mark, and will continue to be for the rest of his career. But decisions like not playing in the Seattle exhibition he attended yesterday will help him to extend his career. There is only so much that can be done, but Roy’s at least shown that he’s not going down without a fight. A lengthy offseason during the lockout will help him to rest up and strengthen what he needs to. He’s got to keep the weight off to limit the strain on his knees, but with the right regimen he can make some serious progress.
You would hate to see Roy end up as one of those players constantly trying to cling to when they were healthy, in denial of who they are and what they can do. If the new CBA grants an amnesty clause to the teams allowing them to ditch a contract, Roy’s a pretty likely target given the length and size of his deal. He needs to make sure he makes it worth it to the Blazers or whatever team he winds up with by limiting the friction with his coach over playing time. Crying may make him popular, but accepting reality will make him a better player. It’s still good to hear that his pain’s limited and he’s doing better.
He still has those moments, after all.