J.A. Adande rhapsodizes nostalgic on Brandon Roy’s return to the City of Roses…
Roy made a short jumper to put the Trail Blazers ahead, 84-82, with 39 seconds remaining, then watched as a Jason Terry 3-pointer missed at the buzzer.
It turned out to be Roy’s last great moment of the many he compacted into his five seasons there, beginning with his rookie of the year season in 2006-07. The Mavericks won the next two games to finish off the series and launch their improbable championship run. The damaged knees that had reduced Roy to a bench player forced him to retire after the lockout ended in 2011. The Trail Blazers used the amnesty provision to take the remaining $64 million on his contract off their books, and he sat out the season.
He dropped by the Rose Garden once, on March 20, 2012, to watch former Blazers teammate and fellow Seattleite Jamal Crawford play on Crawford’s birthday, but he mostly stayed away from the NBA. And while he was out, Roy watched replays of the fourth quarter of Game 4 on his iPad … well, let’s just say more than once.
“It wasn’t the same, because nothing will ever be like that moment,” Roy said. “I mean, fans were cheering, my teammates … and I really thought I could make every shot.
“Then you hear how the announcers are calling it. That made it a little bit better. When you’re going through it, you don’t quite know what they’re saying about it.”
Looking back, he acknowledges some points even came on bad shots, ones he can’t believe he attempted.
“When you’re in that zone, you take those kind of shots,” Roy said.
Roy won’t be in the game, let alone in that zone, on Saturday. At least he will be in the building. He’s hopeful that he can play again this season, but with his future not guaranteed, 27 games remaining on the schedule and the injury-riddled Timberwolves about to miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, this could be Roy’s last time in Portland as a player, even an inactive one.
Now maybe we can get some stories on why he wouldn’t take a buyout so the Wolves could get a player to spell AK? Whatever, Adande, you Lakers shill.
This part confused me a bit:
None was more special than Game 4 of the 2011 first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, when Roy scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Trail Blazers all the way back from a 23-point deficit for the win … his last one in a Portland uniform.
Did the guy play the next 2 games in a Dallas uniform? Cuz after the Blazers tied the series 2-2, the Mavs beat them in Dallas and Portland to move on. Maybe Adande meant to say the last game he saw Roy play in a Portland uniform, the Lakers were probably on or something.