Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave Brandon Roy one last chance.
Roy was amnestied by Portland and had retired from the game because his knees had gotten so bad he couldn’t contribute. He couldn’t play anymore. However, Roy is about as competitive a guy as there is in the league so he got treatment for a year, he rested his knee, he did anything and everything he could to get right. He felt better, he was working out and so the Timberwolves gave him a chance.
Five games. That’s how long his comeback lasted. His knees would not hold up.
Everyone else knew it was the end. Now Roy, speaking at a University of Washington alumni event, sounded like a guy who has reached the same conclusion, reports ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.
I can’t imagine another NBA team giving him a shot at this point.
I choose not to remember the Minnesota Roy. I choose to remember the Rookie of the Year Roy, the three time All-Star Roy, the guy who scored 22.6 points a game and more than that controlled the flow of those games. I will remember the guy that could take over games like few could. That’s the Roy I will remember, and I will wish it hadn’t all ended so soon.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.