Brandon Roy Injury: Updates on Timberwolves SG's Knees

Ethan GrantAnalyst INovember 10, 2012

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After leaving his team's game against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 9, 2012 at halftime, Brandon Roy has been out ever since for the Minnesota Timberwolves with knee issues.

UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3:04 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

The prognosis regarding Roy's knees simply does not seem to be improving. According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, the Timberwolves guard suffered yet another setback with his right knee, and the remainder of his season seems in jeopardy:

It's been a long and bumpy ride for Roy, who came back with Minnesota this season after his knees forced an early retirement once before. Though he seems determined to avoid that fate again, these continued set backs do not bode well for his NBA future.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 29 at 9:03 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski (via Yahoo! Sports), Roy still plans on playing rather than seeking retirement:

Brandon Roy says he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Roy issued a statement through the team shortly before they played the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

The report also mentions that "Team president David Kahn says it will likely take three to four weeks before it can be determined if the unspecified treatment will help. "


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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET by Austin Green

Brandon Roy is contemplating retirement again after suffering a setback in his rehab, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Roy, 28, has considered the possibility of retirement for the second time in three years, sources said, but no final decision has been reached. Doctors continue to have questions about whether his knees can withstand the grind of playing in the NBA.

This is a sad development for Roy and the Timberwolves. The three-time All-Star originally retired in 2011, but he attempted to make a comeback this season.

He has appeared in just five games thus far, averaging 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 29 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Just when it seemed like Roy's return was closer than ever, the 28-year-old guard has received troubling news. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Roy had a setback in his recovery, and now his return date is uncertain:

Minnesota's Brandon Roy has had setbacks in knee rehab and a return date is uncertain, league source tells Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 29, 2012

According to Wojnarowski, Roy's injury happened in the past couple of days after the guard had returned to practice:

After surgery last month, Roy had returned to Minnesota practice before issues with knees forced him to step away again in past 48 hours.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 29, 2012

That's an unfortunate turn for both the Timberwolves and Roy, who were hoping this pairing would lead to a heartwarming comeback.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 10:15 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Timberwolves fans, as Brandon Roy has started to participate in individual drills, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Ray Richardson.

Roy is doing individual workouts, but Wolves coach Rick Adelman remained uncertain when Roy would start practicing with the team.

'He's just shooting right now,' Adelman said. 'We're hoping, if not next week, the week after, that he might able to start doing some things.'

Roy was projected to be out at least a month after undergoing surgery to relieve discomfort in his knee.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 10:50 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag

Multiple doctors have tried convincing Roy to retire due to an ongoing battle with arthritis in his knee, Roy said, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian.

It's hard to keep track of how many operations Roy has had on his knees over the years, but this latest one is a result of the lingering arthritis that has advanced to Level III.

"Level IV," Roy said, "Is when you get a knee replacement." 

Roy's quest for a comeback will likely end sooner rather than later. This latest surgery seems to be delaying the inevitable. The degenerative problem in his knee will eventually take away his ability to compete in the NBA. 


Whether that's this year or in the not-so-distant future, Roy is playing on borrowed time.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 5:35 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The Timberwolves tweeted out an update on Roy.

#Twolves guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee. Expected to miss approximately one month.

— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) November 19, 2012

One month doesn't seem so bad for Roy. Now let's just hope the guy finally gets some good breaks with the health of his knees. 

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 9:49 a.m. ET

Brandon Roy will miss at least "a couple of weeks" of action once he undergoes knee surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Brandon Roy's knee scope will keep him out "a couple of weeks" for Minnesota, league source tells Y! Sports. @jwquick 1st reported surgery.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) November 19, 2012


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UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 12:14 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to The Oregonian reporter Jason Quick, Roy will add another knee surgery to his injury-plagued career:

Roy will undergo an arthroscopy, the 7th knee surgery of his career, dating back to high school

— Jason Quick (@jwquick) November 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

Roy has been sidelined since last Wednesday's contest against the Orlando Magic, but he's targeting Friday's upcoming game against Golden State for a possible return.

According to Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Roy will be inactive for Wednesday night's home matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats. He's still suffering from a lingering right knee pain that came about in the Timberwolves final exhibition game on Oct. 27.

Hopefully the star shooting guard can return to the lineup sooner than later, and it would be great to see him back out there against the Warriors on Friday.


We'll let you know his status as soon as it's made available, so check back here often for more updates.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 7:23 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Star Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda, Roy will miss Monday night's game:

BRoy will not play tonight, says he hopes to get a good practice in tomorrow and intends to play Wednesday vs Charlotte

— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) November 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has some slightly discouraging news for Roy and T'Wolves fans concerning the shooting guard's status for Monday night's game at Dallas: 

Wolves are calling BRoy a "game=time decision" again tonight, didn't look like he did too much in this morning's shootaround

— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) November 12, 2012

Obviously, Roy's knees are a concern, and Minnesota is already extremely shorthanded with injuries to superstar forward Kevin Love and exciting PG Ricky Rubio. Judging by Zgoda's report, it doesn't sound like Roy's chances of playing tonight are very good, but stay tuned for more as tip-off approaches.


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Apparently the soreness was great enough to warrant further consideration to his status. According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Roy was ruled out late before the Timberwolves took on the Chicago Bulls.

Bulls blog:Brandon Roy (knee) out for Timberwolves

— Nick Friedell (@ESPNChiBulls) November 11, 2012

The injury comes at a poor time for the Timberwolves, who are off to a 4-1 start heading into Saturday's game against Chicago despite the loss of both Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love for the first part of this season.

A three-time All-Star, Roy was forced to retire following the 2011 season. His chronic knee issues were too much to bear, and he felt he was a shell of the player he once was for the Portland Trail Blazers at the time of his decision.

Coaxed out of retirement by the chance to play for a contender and the freshness of a year off from basketball, Roy settled on Minnesota. There's a bright future in town with Rubio, Love and the reemergence Andrei Kirilenko, but this early setback is a sign of major concern going forward.

Keep checking back with Bleacher Report for the latest updates on Roy's knees, and if he'll be ready to go in the next week or so for a team that needs his veteran presence in the lineup.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team.