March 1, 2012 in Sports

Roy keeps open mind about returning to NBA

Matt Calkins The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
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Brandon Roy retired from the Portland Trail Blazers at age 27 with degenerative knee problems.
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For those wondering what has been going through Brandon Roy’s head since announcing his retirement in early December, one of his thoughts was recently revealed: a comeback.

While he did not say definitively that he would return to the court, in an interview with David Pick of, the three-time All-Star disclosed he was not ruling it out.

“I’ve been doing things like treatment. I’m trying to leave it open to the fact that I can be able to come back to basketball,” Roy said. “I’m not saying it’s something I will do, but there’s some treatment options out there that I’ve been looking really far into. If those things can work, don’t be surprised if you see me playing basketball again.”

Roy announced his retirement on Dec. 9, the first day of NBA training camp. The 27-year-old missed 33 games last season with degenerative knee problems, and logged three games in which he failed to score a field goal.

Juxtaposed against the aforementioned struggles was Game 4 against Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, when Roy scored 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Blazers to one of the most dramatic wins in franchise history.

So with those memories, mixed with the fact that he has been keeping close tabs on his friends in the league, the thought of a return has crept into Roy’s mind.

“I watch Jamal (Crawford), I follow all his games. … It’s just something, that drive to want to get out there is pushing me to want to do it,” Roy told Pick.

Of course, if Roy did return, it could not be with the Blazers.

Portland waived Roy via the Amnesty Clause in December in order to acquire Crawford.

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