With Brandon Roy undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on both knees last week, the prognosis is grim for the Trail Blazers' franchise guard. While Greg Oden's yearly surgery melodrama occupied most of the spotlight, it was Roy's knees that truly worried the team:
There’s damage and deterioration, and two league sources with direct knowledge of the medical prognosis on Roy say his days as an NBA All-Star, a franchise player, are probably over.
“There’s no real hope of it improving,” one league source with direct knowledge of the medical prognosis told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. “It’s just about trying to manage it now. He’s not going to be the franchise superstar that [Portland] thought he would be. This isn’t something they consider ‘fixable.’
For a franchise brimming with championship hopes, Roy's injury is a devastating blow. Not only was the entire team built around him, but he just signed an $82 million extension last season.
Now they are faced with the same dilemma facing the Houston Rockets, who had built a championship-contending around Yao Ming. With Yao's long-term future looking increasingly bleak, the Rockets can either blow up their roster and re-build or hop aboard the "mediocrity treadmill" -- not good enough to make any noise in the playoffs, not bad enough to pick up another franchise-type talent in the draft.
Every NBA franchise lives in fear that their franchise player could be next, but these six teams have the most reason to be concerned: