Are the Minnesota Timberwolves foolish for overworking addition Brandon Roy so early on this season? I don't think so. It's a tricky situation because Roy has had so many injury struggles, and the Wolves certainly don't want him to burn out early in the season.
However, Minnesota should utilize Roy as they are now because (1) Roy himself says he feels great and (2) he's needed most right now while Kevin Love is sidelined with a broken hand.
After Portland basically forced Roy into retirement, the forward underwent six weeks of platelet-rich plasma therapy during June. On Oct. 10, Roy said the following in a KFAN interview with Paul Allen:
The knees have been great. We went at it pretty hard the last five days, been going for about three hours. I think a big question in the back of my mind was, ‘How will the knees hold up with some grueling practices?’ And after coming out of all those practices, I feel just as good as I did going in.
Coaches and training staff are certainly expected to make responsible decisions about their players—decisions that will be in the team's best interest. Part of that decision making should be based on the player's feedback. If Roy feels comfortable at this point, let him go with it.
Minnesota also needs Roy in a larger way in Love's absence. The All-Star will be sidelined for a few more weeks, and the Wolves cannot afford to be too conservative with a strong player like Roy.
He was a huge asset in Nov. 2's season-opening win over Sacramento. The 28-year-old tallied 10 points, five rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes of playing time.
If Roy begins experiencing pain as the season goes on, then I'm sure the Timberwolves staff will take the appropriate action. For the time being, however, let Roy trust his body and keep scoring points for his new team.