NBA Rumors: Brandon Roy Comeback Tour Would Be a Major Disappointment

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2012

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25:  (L-R) Brandon Roy #7 and Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Former NBA star Brandon Roy might have the desire to get back on the court, but the physical limitations he is up against would make his comeback a disappointment. 

According to Chris Palmer of ESPN, there are rumblings about Roy possibly making a comeback next season:

Someone who could help the Lakers: Brandon Roy. Based on what I'm told he could be back in the league next year.

— Chris Palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) May 31, 2012

Ignoring the part about the Lakers because that is inconsequential at the moment, Roy has to remember why he retired from the NBA in the first place. 

Here is what Roy said in a statement when he announced his retirement last December (courtesy of ESPN):

My family and health are most important to me and in the end this decision was about them and my quality of life. I want to thank (owner) Paul Allen, (team president) Larry Miller, Coach (Nate) McMillan, the entire Trail Blazers organization and our fans for all of their love and support during my time in Portland. It was a great ride.

Roy will be 28 years old in July, so you can understand why he would want to try to get back into the swing of things, but the body has to be willing to cooperate. The end of Roy's career was marred by injuries, and his final season for the Portland Trail Blazers was hard to watch. 

After making the NBA All-Star team for three consecutive years, Roy started only 23 of the 47 games he played in the 2010-11 season, while scoring a career-low 12.2 points per game. 

Roy walked away from the NBA because of degenerative knee problems—a condition that will be with him for the rest of his life. 

You want to root for Roy to succeed because it would be a great story. Unfortunately, this one is not going to have the happy ending we all want.  

Roy already has serious physical limitations, and if he returns to the NBA with his ailing knees, he could end up suffering further injuries. The risk far outweighs the reward. 

Despite being in the prime of his life, Roy will have to deal with the fact that his playing career will not go the way he originally planned. It's a harsh reality but one he must come to grips with.