Brandon Roy's Worth? Despite Poor Games and Bad Injuries, the Guy Can Still Ball

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2010

PHOENIX - APRIL 26:  Brandon Roy #7 of the Portland Trail Blazers warms up before Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on April 26, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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He's been at the top of the mountain and now, to the dismay of Blazers fans, Brandon Roy is at the lowest point of his career. Injured, beat down, battered and even rumored trade requests. 

Despite the rough season Roy has had and all the critics calling his career over, credit must be given to a three-time All-Star who was also the 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year. But who remembers the past? Who remembers when Roy returned earlier than expected from a torn meniscus last season to try and help the Blazers in the playoffs? 


Despite only averaging 30 minutes and four points in his last seven games, and only 36 minutes and 12 points in his last 15, Roy should be looked at not as another Blazers curse but as a superstar who has put his heart and soul into bringing respect and great talent to a city and a team that needs it more than ever.

Greg Oden over Durant? How'd that one work? While the Blazers do have LaMarcus Aldridge and a few other role-players such as Marcus Camby, Rudy Fernandez and Nicholas Batum there are the key names that really start to hurt Portland.

  • Andre Miller: something's got to give.
  • Greg Oden: so far, so bad. He needs to get healthy and there needs to be a change.

One thing that must not change and must be viewed in perspective is that since 2006 when Brandon Roy was first selected by Portland, he has played with intensity, passion and love for the game.

The one thing about injuries is that they can be overcome—the one thing about great players is, despite what the critics will say during rough times, they will once again rise to the occasion.

Look no further and be very attentive because quicker than his recovery from a torn meniscus, Brandon Roy will once again be at the top of the mountain