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Brandon Roy plans to play right after All-Star break


Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan pumped the brakes on Brandon Roy’s return from having both knees operated on. Which makes sense because he had both knees operated on! Things are not good. I mean really, really not good. More rest seems the smart thing, but Roy wants to play.

And McMillan can only keep him off the court for so long.

Roy told reporters Wednesday he plans to return right after the All-Star break, when the hot Blazers take on the just-lost-to-Cleveland Lakers. (Marcus Camby is expected to return for that game as well.) Roy has averaged 16.6 points per game but has not been near the same player — and likely never will be again. The questions are how good can he be, and for how long? If he comes back now are his knees too sore again come playoffs? Should the Blazers be resting him more (sitting out second half of back-to-backs, for example)?

Nobody really has the answers. What we do know is Roy is a competitor who does not want to sit out any more. He wants to ball. And he’s going to get his chance.

Consulting surgeon on Brandon Roy says he has 1-2 years left

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It’s that bad.

Brandon Roy wants back in — he’s had both knees operated on one month ago and now gotten the go ahead to practice with the team. Because he is as competitive as anyone in the league he wants to play and push the Trail Blazers into the playoffs.

But the Blazers have some serious questions to ask themselves about how and when to use Roy.  Because his time with them is limited.

His knees are that bad. John Canzano at the Oregonian spoke to one of the surgeons who consulted on Roy, and the picture is bleak.

Consulting surgeon said that the Blazers had already operated twice before on Roy’s knee, and the surgeon said, “Either the original doctor who did those procedures wasn’t forthcoming with the Blazers… or the team was in complete denial about what was going on with his knees…”

The “consulting surgeon” whispers that he believes the best-case strategy for handling Roy is this: A) Limit Roy’s practice reps to almost nothing; B) Play him off the bench in 65-75 or so games a season, choosing rest in key spots; C) pray.

Surgeon suspects the Blazers might get 1-2 years out of Roy employing this strategy. Right now, I think they’d take that, and hope for the best. Roy is a fierce competitor and I won’t count him out.

That is depressing. We knew Roy had no meniscus left in his knees, but still this just hits home somehow. Roy is a competitor but that will not grow cartilage in his knee. And that is the only way he becomes the Roy of a couple years ago again.

The real question becomes this: If the Blazers knew his knees were this bad — and you can bet the surgeons from before told them the facts about Roy’s knees — why did they sign him to a five-year max extension? Roy is in the first year of a five-year deal, $83 million right now and that deal is going to hold back the Blazers rebuilding efforts down the line. In light of the medical evidence, it’s hard to see why this deal was struck.

Nate McMillan isn’t as sold on Roy’s speedy return

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Brandon Roy is ready to come back and play this weekend. He has been cleared to practice and if there is one thing we know from Brandon Roy’s history it’s that he wants back on the court. Yesterday.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a more patient man. And he may force Roy (and Marcus Camby) to be as well, as reported at Blazers Edge.

“Brandon and Camby have decided when they are coming back, so as far as talking with Jay and the doctors we have these couple of days where we are going to practice. I’ll see if these guys show up for practice and we’ll go from there. As far as them playing this weekend, that hasn’t been decided by us.”

McMillan would be wise to slow this train down. Just as a reminder, Roy had surgery on both knees three weeks ago. Three. I appreciate Roy’s competitive nature. But what is the rush — to make sure they hang on to that eighth seed? We’ve been on the “sit him for the season” bandwagon around here, thinking it’s best for the Blazers long term to let Roy’s knees really have a break. Maybe a few more weeks at least, say after the All-Star break, makes some sense?

But he’ll be back and apparently McMillan can only slow that for so long.

Brandon Roy to have arthroscopic surgery on both knees

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Portland’s Brandon Roy — whose knees were already described as “bone on bone” — will go back under the knife for arthroscopic surgery, the team announced (via Blazers Edge).

The surgery will happen next week but there is no official timetable for his return.

“I’m trying to do the best thing I can to get back on the floor,” said Roy in a released statement. “We’ve been able to get a number of different opinions and it’s something we’ve decided.”

Roy went into more detail in an interview with Blazers Edge, where he said the time off has helped, and he’d start to feel like he could so something, then he’d go practice or workout and the tightness and pain would return.

Roy has missed the last 13 Blazers games, going out indefinitely on Dec. 30, but before that he was not quite right, he was not near the All-Star level he had been at for years. Knee pain slowed him and robbed him of his explosiveness and ability to create his own shot. His shooting percentage dropped from 47.3 percent last year to 39.9 percent this season.

It will be interesting to see what this will do. Previously it was said that his knee was without any meniscus cartilage left so this type of operation was moot. Whether he returns this season at all is still an unknown.

Blazers say Brandon Roy out “indefinitely” with sore knees

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UPDATE 10:32 pm: Before the Blazers game against the Jazz Thursday night, Roy spoke with reporters. Below are some of his quotes, via the amazing Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge:

“Right now there’s no timetable. It’s just until we can find a solution for this problem.”

“(Sitting out the season is) a possibility. That is a possibility. But don’t even want to go that far to say that.”

“After sitting out these last two weeks, the knee hasn’t really improved to where I think I can go out there and be much better than I was that last game. That led to this decision.”

“Yes, (surgery is) a possibility.”

“Right now, I don’t know (about what option for treatment may be chosen). We’ve explored a number of them. We’ll continue to look for them. We’ll just look for everything. It may be something that comes up we haven’t heard of, surgery, those are all things we’ll be looking for.”

Roy would not detail all the options being considered but the fact that he has not ruled out surgery and hinted at some other potentially experimental procedures makes one really question if he is coming back this season.

8:47 pm: The Trail Blazers decided to leave the window open for a possible return this season, but Brandon Roy is going to be out for a long while.

The team announced Thursday night that Roy would be out “indefinitely” due to sore knees.

“Unfortunately, Brandon Roy’s condition has not significantly improved and we’ve decided to hold him out indefinitely. In the short term, we’re going to proceed with an extended period of rest. Beyond that, we’re looking at all available treatment options to help better determine a course of action,” said Blazers GM Rich Cho in a statement released by the team.

Roy — a three-time All-Star — has missed the last six games and been in-and-out of the Blazers lineup this season due to knee problems. Those knee issues also have led to a drop in production this season (for example, his shooting percentage has fallen to 39.9 percent from 47.3 percent last season). There is no simple surgical option because he has basically worn away the meniscus tissue – or cartilage — in his knees, which are bone on bone.

There has been speculation that Roy would shut it down for the rest of the season. However, he is a fierce competitor who has raced back from injury before to help his team in key games (such as last year’s playoffs). Right now the Blazers are 16-16 and would be the eighth seed in the West. If late in the season the Blazers are still in the same boat, it would not be a surprise to see Roy come back.

However, more rest would probably be better. The problem is there seems to be limited good long-term treatment options. Roy is likely to have chronic knee issues for the rest of his career (and beyond).