It appears the Wolves and Brandon Roy are at or near a decision about Roy’s immediate future, and whether the NBA will be a part of that future.
Roy was not part of the Wolves’ morning shootaround Saturday. This a day after he missed Friday’s practice for what the team called personal reasons.Also Saturday came a report that Roy had suffered setbacks from his return from right knee surgery.
On Thursday Roy, who had the surgery Nov. 19, took part in a vigorous practice, and said how he recovered from such a hard workout would give him a good idea of when he could return to action. Indeed, Roy even hinted that a strong Friday practice might prompt him to lobby coach Rick Adelman to play Saturday.
He has not practiced since then.
Well, that doesn’t say a lot, but it doesn’t say anything good, either. Wait, there’s more…
President of basketball operations David Kahn, who was at Target Center Saturday morning, declined comment. But it appears clear a decision has to be made concerning Roy, whether it be further rehab, getting a second opinion on the knee or ending his NBA comeback by retiring again.
Uh… Wut? It appears clear a decision has to be made concerning Roy? How does it appear clear? Because he’s tried to come back once within his comeback it’s clear?
Knee issues forced Roy into retirement, and he missed all of last season. After undergoing platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Roy felt good enough to attempt a return to the NBA. He went through training camp and most of the preseason before bumping knees in a game late in the preseason. He appeared in the team’s first five games before pain in the knee eventually forced Roy to undergo an arthroscopic surgery, his seventh such procedure.
Yeah, I get all that. Whether it’s his 4th, 5th or 7th — what difference does it make at this point? It’s a lot of going in and messing with a knee. I don’t care how much platelet therapy a guy has, that’s a lot of slicing and dicing and it really just makes me wonder about the salary committed to Roy and how much of it they can throw at their perimeter shooting problems, but wait — How is any of this clear, though?
More to come.