The news of Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers electing to go under the knife yet again is not much of a surprise given his admission that he is playing with no cartilage in his knees. He is a superstar in his own right, and his chronic knee problems are bad news for the entire NBA. Can Roy recover enough to resume a stellar career?
The NBA has had it’s fair share of phenomenal talent like Roy that have not been able to have full careers for one reason or another. The most common reason is injury and the next is drug addiction.
In fact, the Portland Trail Blazers have been bitten the most by this awful snake and the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets are not far behind. This list includes players that are both active and inactive in the NBA, whom have either had a career ending predicament or have had careers interrupted because of non career threatening circumstances.
Some of these players certainly have gained notoriety from engaging in elicit and questionable thought processes where stupidity would be the key word to describe their actions. Others have been the victims of very bad luck.
In either case, these players have lost significant playing time in the NBA during their careers, and had they not lost this time, their legacies would have been far greater—that is, with the exception of the first player on the list.