Brandon Roy Confirms His Rumored Return to NBA
His friend Will Conroy allowed Roy to field questions from fans on his Twitter page on June 15.
Brandon roy will takeover my twitter at about 7 this evening.. Have your questions ready— will conroy (@CHILLCONROY) June 15, 2012
After a barrage of questions, Roy dropped the news his fans were hoping to hear.
@JoshHamiltonUW yes I'm preparing for a comeback. I'm training daily— will conroy (@CHILLCONROY) June 16, 2012
Roy was picked by the Minnesota Timberwolves sixth overall in the 2006 NBA draft out of Washington, and was then immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Randy Foye.
He had a fantastic first season, averaging 16.8 points and earning Rookie of the Year honors.
In his second season, he established himself as one of the best players in the game. He was selected to his first All-Star game and would go on to make three consecutive All-Star appearances.
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His best statistical season was his third year in 2008-09. He averaged 22.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists. He shot 48 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from behind the three-point line, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team.
The next year, the Blazers awarded him with a max contract, clearly satisfied with his progress and as a future cornerstone of the franchise.
But in 2010-11, Roy was forced to miss significant time due to chronic knee problems, logging only 47 games for the season. In the beginning of the season, the Blazers said he would be out indefinitely due to a lack of cartilage in his knees.
Roy was able to return for the playoffs and come off the bench for the Blazers, but he just was not the same player. Still, he was able to put on a few inspiring performances, including a combined 40 points in the two games that Portland won in the first round against the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks.
Prior to this season, Roy officially retired from basketball due to chronic injuries. He was an incredible talent and an excellent role model during his time in the NBA, and the league can only benefit from his return.
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