Posted June 24, 2013

Brandon Roy: ‘My basketball days are numbered’

Ben Golliver, Brandon Roy, David Kahn, Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers
The Timberwolves have released Brandon Roy. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Brandon Roy has suggested his NBA career is over. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Three-time All-Star Brandon Roy indicated Sunday that his NBA career, marred by a series of knee injuries, is officially over.

“My basketball days are numbered, that’s no secret,” Roy said, speaking at a University of Washington alumni game in Seattle, according to Roy reportedly said that he will decide his next move this fall.

Roy, 28, was released by the Timberwolves back in May after playing just five games during the 2012-13 season and spending the 2011-12 season in an unofficial retirement. The Blazers released Roy using the amnesty clause in Dec. 2011 after issues with both of his knees limited him to 47 appearances during the 2010-11 season.

Last summer, then-Timberwolves president David Kahn signed Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million contract, but Roy succumbed to knee trouble again early in the 2012-13 season, undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November. Although he was initially expected to miss just one month, a setback wound up keeping him off the court for the rest of the season.

Reports surfaced throughout last season that Roy would retire again and he said in March that he had no regrets despite the injuries.

“If I never play another game, I’ll still be completely happy with my career,” he said.

Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds for the Timberwolves in his five appearances. The 2007 Rookie of the Year holds career averages of 18.8 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game and was named to the 2009 All-NBA second-team and the 2010 All-NBA third-team.

Minnesota endured a rash of injuries and finished 31-51 last season, missing the playoffs for the ninth straight year. Kahn was let go by the Timberwolves in April and replaced by Flip Saunders.

Edit: this post has been updated to reflect updated reporting.


Pau Gasol is doing a stem cell treatment for his patellar tendinosis.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers has tendinosis (chronic tendinitis) in knees - receives stem cell injections

>“Gasol also will receive stem cell injections next week and is expected to make a full recovery, the Lakers said.”.



>"After talking to several specialists, I'm going to proceed to regenerate both of my patellar tendons and working hard to get back to my 100%," Gasol wrote on Twitter.”.



>"It's more than tendinitis, it's tendinosis," Gasol said. "There's a degeneration of the tissue, and it's something that I've dealt with all year. So I'll have to do something to regenerate the tissue so I don't have to play with this pain.".


That's tendons, but hopefully, cartilage restoration will come soon.


No offense to Brandon Roy, but yes, his basketball days are numbered. Unfortunately, the number is "2009".


@SidelineMOB Well he did have that game for the ages against the Mavs in 2011 playoffs first round. Probably should have ended on that note.