Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy back practicing with Timberwolves


A month after his seventh knee surgery, Brandon Roy is back on the practice court with the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune.

It was non-contact, but he is back running and working out with teammates, taking steps toward getting back into games. Which would be a boost if he really could come back and be counted on for regular minutes and reasonable production. But that remains a big “if” from a guy who had to leave the game once already due to knee concerns, knees he has admitted are seriously arthritic.

But Roy said he had not entertained the idea of retirement.

“No,” he said when asked about reports that he’d considered leaving the game again. “A few people asked me that, and I don’t pay attention much to the media. I don’t really read that stuff. But I don’t know where that could have come from. But no, I never thought about walking away. It was, for me, just do I want to go through another procedure or do I want to play through it. That was more my question than walking away.”

Roy says he feels good but there is no timeline for his return. Anything they get from him would be a bonus.

The guy they need back is Ricky Rubio, and he could be playing again on Saturday, it appears.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.