Brandon Roy, former superstar, the face of Rip City hoops, is now to most NBA followers a distant shadow with a giant price tag. Those NBA followers believe he is done, no more, a couple years left until a retirement.
Some NBA fans think optimistically about Roy. He can still contribute, be a productive fourth quarter guy and sixth man. He can still help Portland.
Then there's me and a few other believers who truly believe Roy can be what he was before any of the injuries. We have reasons.
Game 4 of the western conference quarterfinals, fourth quarter. Roy had achieved an improbable comeback that even the best can't achieve. That game got his confidence back, something that was making him lose his feel for the game during the regular season.
This summer Roy said in an interview his knees were pain free, he had great mobility and he's performing in full court scrimmages. Sounds like a pretty healthy man. With the extended lockout, Roy's knees are getting in much better shape.
The most important thing to realize is that Roy has heart. It's hard to imagine someone with Roy's heart to just let his knees get the best of him.
Brandon Roy's not done yet. His legacy is only on chapter one.