Roy knee surgery

Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week


So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest.

Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

“For sure against Detroit (Sunday), and maybe for Toronto (Friday),’’ Roy said Monday. “I’m excited. I feel pretty good.’’

Roy wants to come off the bench to start.

“I haven’t played since Dec. 15, so I want to play with some guys and get a feel,’’ Roy said. “I need to get my legs back and my rhythm back.’’

Roy had both knees scoped Jan. 17. The surgery was deemed successful but the man has virtually no cartilage left in his knees so there is only so much the doctors can do anymore. His knees are never going to be 100 percent again.

There was talk of him taking the entire season off to rest them — why rush back to battle for one of the last playoff spots in the West when what they really need is him to get right again? He might not be the same old guy next season but he’d be closer.

But that’s not Roy’s personality. He is a competitor. He wants to be back. The Blazers were the eighth seed heading into Monday night by just half a game ahead of Memphis. He wants to win and get this team to the playoffs.


Brandon Roy has knee operations, called successful

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Doctors will tell you any surgery you wake up from is a successful surgery. So, on multiple levels Brandon Roy’s double knee operation today was a success.

Operations on both knees took place on Monday, cleaning up issues as best they can, and now the recovery and rehabilitation begins. There is no set timetable for his return, nor are we sure how much this will really help knees already low on cartilage.

The question is, will he push it to get back this season if the Blazers are in the hut for a playoff spot? The better question might be should he? Getting him all the way back and healthy is key for the Blazers long term, not pushing him to make the eight seed so they can get run out quickly by the Spurs in the first round. The Blazers need to focus on the long-term.

Roy is the 2007 Rookie of the Year who has seen his numbers and efficiency drop this season (due to the pain in his knees taking away some of his explosiveness).