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.