¨Have you ever had a dream that seemed so real you did not know what to believe?¨- Lucas Scott
This is a story of a kid with a dream who achieved it as a man, who on the cusp of greatness and glory had his career cut off by injury and ended all too soon. The basketball world is littered by stories that break hearts. Players who are so talented it’s almost unfair, who throw it away because of drugs, or because they couldn’t handle the fame. there are players who can singlehandedly change a franchise’s future, then suddenly get injured and are unable to come back, their potential, their future, gone in an instant. players like Yao Ming and Penny Hardaway fall into this category, so does Brandon Roy. I’ve always liked Brandon Roy, quiet, unassuming, someone who gets the job done. He was not as brash as NBA superstars are wont to be, he was a Three time all star, he was the face, the leader of the trailblazers, till all that changed.
Roy’s knee problems have been well documented, as well as his stubborn disposition in returning to the team way before he was supposed to. in the end, it caused him. In 2008, during his third season, he went under the knife to remove a piece of cartilage on his left knee that was causing irritation. he would go on to star in a lot of game winning highlights including a 52 point performance against Phoenix in 2009 he suffered a torn meniscus that would have sidelined him all through the first round of the playoffs, but he returned early, to lead the blazers to a win during the first round.
By the second month of his 5th season, Roy’s knees started showing that it could no longer take the wear and tear of the rigorous NBA schedule. the blazers eventually announced that Roy would be out indefinitely. in January of 2011, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in a bid to prolong his career but came back after only over a month to take on a reserve role for the blazers. Everyone wrote him off as a never was, another one of those players who were on the verge of breaking out as stars, only to fall to injury. until the first round of the playoffs reminded everyone what kind of a player BR7 was.
After inconsistent playing time which had him playing 26 minutes in game 1 and 8 in game 2 that put the blazers in a 0-2 hole, Roy rebounded with a 16 point performance in 23 minutes to lead the blazers off the bench to make it a 2-1 series. Then in game 4, this happened.
The Mavs would ultimately go on to win that series en route to being crowned NBA champs, but for one night, Brandon Roy showed why he belonged amongst the NBA’s elite.reminding the world of the kind of player he is, or now, was.
today reports suggest that Brandon Roy will retire due to medical reasons after only five seasons in the league, 5 years, there was a lot left to accomplish, but if one of your last games were like this game, Brandon Roy has nothing to be ashamed of.
thank you, Brandon Roy.