NBA: The Bay Area could be a landing spot for Brandon Roy’s return to basketball.
The Golden State Warriors and Roy (pictured above) met earlier this week about him joining the team in the free agent’s attempted comeback, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were preliminary, said the Warriors met with Roy on Sunday and were hoping to meet with the former Portland guard again this week. Nothing was scheduled yet.
Roy, a three-time All-Star, announced his retirement in December after five seasons with the Trail Blazers because of chronic knee problems. The 27-year-old has averaged 19 points and 4.7 assists in 321 games.
Minnesota, Cleveland and others also have expressed an interest in Roy.
While he has only played for Portland, Golden State does offer some familiarity. Roy used to be represented by new Warriors general manager Bob Myers, a former sports agent.
Roy would seem to be a perfect fit for Golden State’s system – if healthy – playing alongside shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Washington State).
The sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Washington, Roy was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day trade. The 2007 NBA Rookie of the Year made the All-Star team from 2008-2010.
Spokane’s Olson going to London
Paralympics: Spokane native Joshua Olson is headed to London to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games’ Rifle R3 and R6.
Olson is the first active-duty soldier to qualify for the games. Olson lost his right leg during an ambush in the northern Iraqi town of Telafar in 2003. He joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in 2005.
U.S. won’t bid on 2022 Games
Olympics: The U.S. Olympic Committee will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, instead choosing to explore the possibility of hosting either the Summer Olympics in 2024 or the Winter Olympics in 2026.
The USOC board decided to form a committee that would look into 2024 and 2026, in part because going for the 2022 Games would put the federation on a fast timeline. A bid for those games would be due in the fall of 2013.
“It’s not so much about bidding for 2022 as what strategy gives us the best chance to submit a winning bid,” CEO Scott Blackmun said. “Looking at 2024 and 2026 gives us the best chance to do that. It allows us to form partnerships with all the people who need to be involved in a bid. That would allow us to put our best foot forward.”